Towards a New CISG

The Prospective on the International Sale of Goods and Services

In Towards a New CISG, Leandro Tripodi discusses the aging and need for renovation of the 1980 Vienna Sales Convention. Changes in global political circumstances and to the economy of international sales of goods have rendered the 1980 CISG a dated legal instrument. Its recognized flexibility is not sufficient to cope with past and, especially, with future changes brought about by the introduction of new technologies affecting all kinds of goods subject to trade.

In light of the challenges posed by 21st-century commerce, Dr. Tripodi proposes the adoption of a Convention on the International Sale of Goods and Services (CISGS). The idea of a new convention is based on the following facts: 1) goods and services are no longer as distinguishable as they were in 1980; 2) sales of goods and sales (i.e., the provision) of services are not as easy to apportion as the CISG supposes and can hardly continue to be treated separately by the legal sources of international trade.

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Biographical Note

Leandro Tripodi holds an LL.B. and a Ph.D. cum laude (2014) in International Law from the University of São Paulo. Dr. Tripodi is a former Willem C. Vis Moot oralist as well as coach. He has worked a seventeen-year-long career as a civil servant with the Brazilian federal tax administration. He was a visiting scholar with the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), as well as a guest researcher at the University of Vienna.

Readership

International lawyers and students of international commercial law who are interested in the CISG at any level, and in the work of UNCITRAL and UNIDROIT in the field of international contract law.