CISG Advisory Council Meeting

Convention on the International Sale of Goods Advisory Council meeting 2012 and Arbitrators' and Mediators' Institute of New Zealand INC conference, Wellington, New Zealand

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The United Nations Convention on the International Sale of Goods 1980 (“CISG”) and international arbitration both aim at the promotion, unification, and facilitation of international trade. The CISG minimises the risk of commercial disputes and arbitration by settling them in a manner most akin to the needs of commercial, internationally operating, parties. A recent visit of the CISG Advisory Council to Wellington was a unique chance for the New Zealand legal and business communities to hear and to discuss first-hand the advantages offered by the CISG. The Council consists of independent world-renowned scholars who aim to promote a uniform, autonomous interpretation of the CISG.

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The issues discussed during the Wellington meeting included: Claims for Damages Caused by Defective Goods or Services Under the CISG; Interest, Issues Raised by Documents under the CISG Focusing on the Buyer’s Payment Duty (Art 58); Agreed Sums Payable upon Breach of an Obligation in CISG Contracts (Art 4); Reservations under Articles 95 and 96; Implied opting-out under Article 6 and Inclusion of Standard Terms. Interested parties were able to observe the deliberations of those issues. Wellington law firms Russell McVeagh and Chapman Tripp and the New Zealand Centre for International Economic Law hosted the Council. The New Zealand Law Foundation and Victoria University funded the visit of the CISG Advisory Council.

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During the Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand’s annual conference (2- 4 August 2012) the CISG Advisory Council was supported by Daniel Kalderimis (Partner, Chapman Tripp) and Professor Campbell McLachlan, who discussed international arbitration in the New Zealand context. This supplemented the AMINZ presentations on the operation of the CISG, a session on how to draft an international commercial contract and a mock international arbitration where the CISG had to be applied to a contractual dispute. Wellington law firms Russell McVeagh and Chapman Tripp and the New Zealand Centre for International Economic Law hosted the Council. The New Zealand Law Foundation and Victoria University funded the visit of the CISG Advisory Council.

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