International Sale of Goods Convention – New Members in 2014 and 2015

David Alderson, LL.B , LL.MCivil Litigation, Commercial and Contract Litigation, Commercial Arbitration, Commercial Litigation, Contract Disputes, Creditors Rights, Cross-Border Litigation, Distributors | Dealers, Forum Challenges, International Distribution, International Sale of Goods, Jurisdictional Challenges, Sale of Goods0 Comments

The United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (“CISG”) establishes a comprehensive code of legal rules governing the formation of contracts for the international sale of goods, the obligations of the buyer and seller in contracts for the international sale of goods, and the remedies for breach of contracts for the international sale of goods.

Canada on accession to the CISG declared that, in accordance with article 93 of the Convention, the Convention would extend to Ontario (and other provinces named in the declaration). The Canadian International Sale of Goods Contracts Convention Act, S.C. 1991, c. 13, has been in effect in Ontario since 1992 because of the International Sale of Goods Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. I.10.  These two acts brought into effect in Canada the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods.

The Ontario International Sale of Goods Act provides that the contracting parties “may exclude its application by expressly providing in the contract that the local domestic law of Ontario or another jurisdiction applies to it or that the Convention does not apply to it”.

The UNCITRAL status table includes a description of recent new members to the Convention:

Congo acceded to the Convention this year and it will enter into force on July 1, 2015

Bahrain acceded to the Convention in 2013 and it will enter into force on October 1, 2014

Brazil acceded to the Convention in 2013  and it entered into force on April 1, 2014

If you require legal advice regarding the international sale of goods (or related litigation or arbitration) please contact us for an initial consultation.


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David Alderson, LL.B , LL.M

David Alderson, LL.B , LL.M

David has practiced 35 years as commercial and business litigator in diverse matters in the courts and in domestic and international arbitration proceedings in Ontario, England & Wales, Bermuda and Dubai. Also admitted in New York. He also accepts appointment as a commercial and marine arbitrator. Bio | Lawyer | Arbitrator | Contact

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