PACE University in USA - the mother site
The CISG online database is maintained by the Institute of Foreign and International Law (Dept. I) at the University of Freiburg, Germany. The Freiburg database will parallel CISG websites posted by law schools of many nations, all in synergy with one another. This database includes bibliographic references and texts of German case law on the CISG.
CISG - France database
The CISG - France database came on line in 1997. Among its helpful features are full text presentations of French case law on the CISG.
Centre for Comparative and Foreign Law Studies - Rome
In addition to full texts of Italian case law on the CISG, the Centre has under construction a database section entitled "Articles of the Convention with related issues".
CISG - Brasil database
The CISG - Brasil database came on line in March 1998. It is designed
to share the scholarship and jurisprudence of Brazil and other countries
with traders and counsel of this market and of the world market.
CISG - Finland database
The CISG - Finland database also came on line in March 1998. Among its helpful features are full texts of Finnish case law on the CISG.
CISG - Spain and Latin America database
The CISG - Spain and Latin America database came on line in September 1998. Among its helpful features are full texts of Spanish-language case law on the CISG.
CISG - Japan database
CISG - Japan came on line in October 1998.
CISG - Arad States database
Arab States homepage
CISG-Denmark is the newest member of the autonomous network of CISG
It came on line in May 2002, and is a collaboration between the law departments of
The University of Copenhagen, The University of Aarhus, Copenhagen Business School
and Aarhus School of Business. The site will be launched in an enlarged and
re-designed version in autumm 2002.
Africa (University of South Africa)
Other Internet databases on the CISG
Currently in process are the CISG - Belgium databases.
For CISG data see:
The United Nations publication, "Multilateral Treaties Deposited with the Secretary-General", has been available on the Internet since 1995. The printed version of this document contains detailed information on the status of 473 multilateral treaties. The electronic version is updated once a week on the Internet. It contains current information on the status of the CISG and other treaties. In addition the Treaty Section plans to post on the Internet the texts of treaties.
The Internet website of the United Nations Commission on International
Trade Law will include all current CISG abstracts published by UNCITRAL.
It is intended to include all language versions of CLOUT documents. In
addition, UNCITRAL plans to post on the Internet its current documents
(Reports of and to Working Groups as well as Reports of and to the Commission),
legal texts emanating from UNCITRAL, and a selection of travaux préparatoires.
The Unidroit Internet Web site at present comprises pages containing a presentation of Unidroit, "Unidroit News" providing information on the current activities of Unidroit, the full text of Unidroit conventions, the state of ratifications of Unidroit conventions, a catalogue of Unidroit publications and an overview of the collections of the Unidroit Library, as well as an extensive section on the Unidroit Principles of International Commercial Contracts, including the complete version of the Unidroit Principles with black letter rules, comments, and illustrations.
Courts and arbitrators will often refer to the Unidroit Principles of International Commercial Contracts as a companion to the UN Sales Convention. CISG researchers will be especially interested in this. The part of the Unidroit Web Site dedicated to the Principles may be accessed directly at: http://www.unidroit.org/english/principles/pr-main.htms
The reader is reminded that the complete version of the Unidroit Principles contains not only the black-letter rules but also detailed comments on each article including, where appropriate, illustrations. This complete version of the Unidroit Principles may be ordered from Unidroit, Via Panisperna 28, 00184 Rome, Italy, or seen on the Internet at: http://www.unidroit.org/english/principles/contents.htm
Unidroit is also in the process of setting up a Data Base on
Uniform Law (UNILAW), which when operative will contain materials and
information relating to a number of different areas of law, including transport
law, arbitration, international finance and commerce and cultural property.
The UNILAW data base is intended to provide ready access by Governments,
judges, arbitrators and practising lawyers to the texts of international
uniform law instruments, the status of ratifications and reservations,
case law and bibliographical references. The data base will be accessible
in English and French.
The Hague Conference is the oldest intergovernmental organization on private international law (First Session convened in 1893). Their webpage describes the Conference and its activities, e.g., "The Eighteenth Session held in October 1996 adopted the Convention on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law . . . It was also decided to include in the agenda for the Nineteenth Session, to be held in the year 2000, the question of jurisdiction, and recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments in civil and commercial matters."
The Tromsų database is the first WWW site dedicated to a given
area of law on the Internet: international trade law and its many ramifications.
Edited by Ralph Amissah, it is an important site for international trade
law materials and links to related materials on the "net". Like the UNCITRAL
and UNIDROIT databases, it is an especially good site to "bookmark": exploration
of the by-ways opened up by its links opens up much information relevant
to contracts governed by the CISG.
Guide to International Trade Law Sources on the Internet
Edited by Marci Hoffman of the University of Minnesota Law Library, this website accesses research guides, bibliographies, and collections of links to material on many facets of international trade law.
Arbitration and the CISG often go hand in hand: the typical negotiated
international sales contract will likely contain an arbitration clause.
Assembled and maintained by a professional, this is a good source for selections
from: Arbitration convention texts, Model arbitration law and national
legislation, Arbitration rules, Mediation and conciliation rules, International
The InterAm database, maintained by the National Law Center for
Inter-American Free Trade contains legislative materials from various Latin
American countries, including access to Mexican legislation and the Mexican
Diario Oficial. The database also maintains an extensive collection of
links to other legal information resources relating to trade and the Americas.
See also the website of the Organization of American States for an extensive collection of Texts of Agreements - Trade that impact upon the Americas: http://www.sice.oas.org/root/tradee.stm
U.S. persons should be aware that where the CISG applies, it replaces
the greater part of Article 2 of the U.S. Uniform Commercial Code. For
comparative purposes, the text of Article 2 of this Code may be accessed
by clicking to the above hypertext link.
The "Hieros Gamos" website of Lex Mundi contains three sections:
HG I consists of lists to all known organizations related directly or indirectly
to law regardless of whether they currently are on the Internet; HG II
contains over 200 comprehensive practice areas organized to facilitate
access; HG III leads to resources such as journals, employment, law study
and to the card catalogues to 100 law schools.