Links to other databases containing information on the CISG and international commercial law
- United Nations Treaty Collection
- The UNCITRAL database
- CISG-Advisory Council
- UNIDROIT and Unilex on the Internet
- The Hague Conference on private international law
- The World Trade Organization
- The World Congress of Comparative Law
- Guide to International Trade Law Sources on the Internet
- Eye on International Business Law
- Law and Politics - Foreign and International Law, International Trade
- University Law Review Project and Coalition of Online Journals
- The TransLex.org
- Transnational Law Links
- International Commercial Arbitration: Resources in Print and Electronic Format
The UN Treaty Section announces: "This publication contains the texts of over 34,000 bilateral and multilateral treaties in their authentic language(s), along with a translation into English and French, as appropriate."
For CISG data see:
The United Nations publication, "Multilateral Treaties Deposited with the Secretary-General", has been available on the Internet since 1995. The electronic version is updated once a week on the Internet. It contains current information on the status of the CISG and other 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 preparatoires.
The CISG-AC is a private initiative which aims at promoting a uniform interpretations of the CISG.
The official Unidroit World Wide Web site, which is available in its entirety in both English and French, may be accessed at:
UNILEX is based on a research project started in 1992 by the Centre for Comparative and Foreign Studies -- a joint venture of the Italian National Research Council, the University of Rome I "La Sapienza", and the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT).
Their "about us" page describes this project:
UNILEX is an "intelligent" database of international case law and bibliography on the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) and the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts -- two of the most important international instruments for the regulation of international commercial transactions.
- detailed abstracts of the most important cases decided under both instruments by courts and arbitral tribunals worldwide;
- the full text of each decision in its original language (when available);
- the complete texts of the CISG and the UNIDROIT Principles;
- a status report on the state of ratifications of CISG, including reservations and declarations by States Parties;
- a vast bibliography for each instrument.
UNILEX provides access to the decisions and arbitral awards by:
- country or arbitral tribunal;
- article number of the instrument;
- specific issues listed under each article.
UNILEX provides access to the bibliography by:
- article number of the instrument;
This material is in addition available in printed loose-leaf texts marketed by Transnational Publishers, Inc., of Ardsley, New York. There is also a portion of the UNIDROIT website devoted exclusively to the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts. This material may be accessed at <http://www.unidroit.org/english/principles/pr-main.htm>.
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 is commencing to contain materials and information relating to a number of different areas of law, including transport law, arbitration, international finance and commerce and cultural property. See <http://unidroit.info/program.cfm?menu=subject&file=convention&long=en>. 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 is 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 WTO website contains material on the World Trade Organization, trade topics and resources.
Data on the 2014 proceedings of the Congress of Comparative Law may be found at http://www.iacl2014congress.com/home/
The more specific link to the TransLex-Principles is www.trans-lex.org/principles/of-transnational-law-(lex-mercatoria)
The Translex Principles now contain the black-letter text, comparative law references and contract clauses for more than 130 principles of transnational commercial law.
The University Law Review Project and Coalition of Online Journals. The Project and Coalition access, inter alia, FindLaw ("Internet legal resources"); Jurist ("the law professors' network"); Legal information Institute at Cornell; Richmond Journal of Law & Technology (sites and law journals on the Internet); and Australasian Legal Information Institute. These websites are broader than International Law/International Commercial Law, but each contains materials on the subject. For another helpful collection of links to international law sites, go to the Guide to Foreign and International Legal Databases of the Law Library of New York University School of Law.
Arbitration and the CISG often go hand in hand: the typical negotiated international sales contract will likely contain an arbitration clause. For data on: International commercial arbitration bibliographies, research guides, and background sources; Major treatises, casebooks, practice guides, and looseleaf services on the subject; International arbitration journals and newsletters, including arbitration journal indexes; International arbitration rules, statutes, model laws and conventions; International arbitration courts and organizations; Internet resources on arbitration material, websites and electronic discussion groups, go to International Commercial Arbitration: Resources in Print and Electronic Format [an excellent compendium maintained by Lyonette Louis-Jacques, Foreign and International Law Librarian and Lecturer in Law, University of Chicago Law School]
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.oas.org/en/sla/dil/treaties_agreements.asp
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.