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Practitioner's Guide to the CISG

ISBN: 978-1-933833-37-8
Author: Camilla Baasch Andersen, Francesco G. Mazzotta, and Bruno Zeller
Page Count: 1218
Published: November 2010
Media Desc: 1 Hardcover Volume. Index. Appendix.
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About the Book:
With the growing complexity of international trade, practitioners in commercial law increasingly need access to scholarly sources and foreign case law. A goal of the United Nations Convention on the International Sale of Goods (CISG) has been the standard of a “global jurisconsultorium,” where judges and arbitrators would share resources and consult what has been done in foreign jurisdictions. However, without the prior work of material-collecting, proper translation into English, and organization of the resulting abundance of material, compliance with this goal would be impossible. The Practitioner’s Guide to the CISG is a direct answer to that need and a decisive step toward fulfilling that goal. Written by three scholars from six different countries, the book represents the best analyses of CISG cases available anywhere. The chapters that follow provide legal counsel with easy, organized access to key, legal case abstracts drawn from multiple jurisdictions and valuable, summary comments on each article of the CISG.

Table of Contents

 Table of Contents

Professor Albert H. Kritzer

The Nature of CISG Case Law
                By Francesco G. Mazzotta and Dr. Camilla Baasch Andersen

Chapter 1        Field of Application (Articles 1-6)
                By Francesco G. Mazzotta

Chapter 2        General Provisions (Articles 7-13)
                By Francesco G. Mazzotta

Chapter 3        Contract Formation (Articles 14-24)
                By Dr. Bruno Zeller

Chapter 4        The Sale of Goods:  Provisions in Common to Buyer and Seller                     
                      (Articles 25-29)
                By Dr. Camilla Baasch Andersen

Chapter 5        The Sale of Goods: Seller's Obligations (Articles 30-44)
                By Dr. Camilla Baasch Andersen

Chapter 6        Breach of Contract: Obligations of the Seller (Articles 45-52)
By Dr. Bruno Zeller 
Chapter 7        The Sale of Goods: Buyer's Obligations (Articles 53-60)
                By Dr. Camilla Baasch Andersen

Chapter 8    Breach of Contract:  Seller's Remedies for Breach by Buyer (Articles 61-65)
                By Dr. Camilla Baasch Andersen

Chapter 9        Breach of Contract: Claims and Related Provisions 
By Dr. Bruno Zeller (Articles 71-77, 81-83, 85-88) & Francesco G. Mazzotta (Articles 78-80, 84)

Chapter 10        Passing of Risk (Articles 66-70)
                By Francesco G. Mazzotta

Chapter 11        Final Provisions (Articles 89-101)
                By Francesco G. Mazzotta

Author Detail

About the Authors:

Dr. Camilla Baasch Andersen, initially did her law degree (a Danish Cand. Jur.) at University of Copenhagen in her native Denmark, where she went on to become a research/teaching fellow until relocating to England. Before joining the faculty at University of Leicester in 2005, Dr Andersen was Lecturer in Commercial Law at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary, University of London. She completed her PhD at Aarhus School of Business (now part of Aarhus University) in 2006, on the uniform application of the CISG. She still occasionally lectures at University of London at the School of Oriental and African Studies, in Comparative Commercial Law and International Trade Law. She is also the trade law expert on the International Trade Law section on the Lord Chancellors Training Scheme for Chinese Lawyers for the British Council. She has worked with the CISG Advisory Council, and has recently been appointed National Reporter for the UK at the Intermediate Congress of the International Academy of Comparative Law.


Francesco G. Mazzotta, holds law degrees from the University of Naples, Italy, (Dottore in Giurisprudenza) and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (Master of Laws in International and Comparative Law and Juris Doctor). He has had legal internships with a United States Magistrate Judge, the Office of Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service, as well as with the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law in Vienna, Austria. He has served as an arbitrator for the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court in Vienna and as an adjunct professor in universities in both the United States and Italy. Mr. Mazzotta has authored numerous articles on the CISG and, after clerking with several trial judges in Pennsylvania, he is currently a judicial law clerk in the chambers of the Honorable Judge John M. Cleland on the Pennsylvania Superior Court. Mr. Mazzotta is admitted to the bar in New York (U.S.A.) and Italy.

Dr. Bruno Zeller, Victoria University Melbourne, Ph.D. (Law) The University of Melbourne, Master of International Trade Law (Deakin University), B.Com. and B. Ed (The University of Melbourne). Dr. Zeller joined the Victorian Law School in 2000. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2006. He is teaching International Trade Law, International Arbitration, Conflict of Laws and Maritime Law. Currently he is researching the design of effective dispute Resolution mechanisms to resolve disputes in carbon trading. Since 2006 he is also an Adjunct Professor at Murdoch University, Perth and currently an associate in the Institute for Logistics and Supply Chain Management at Victoria University. He has also been appointed as Arbitrator by the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand (MLAANZ) in 2008. He is also a member of the International Law Section of the Law Council of Australia.


Associate Editor:
James L. Flannery,
is an Associate Professor of Legal Writing at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. He has an undergraduate degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. In law school he was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. He clerked for two years with Judge Ruggero J. Aldisert on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and practiced corporate real estate law with two large law firms, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Barnes & Thornburg in Indianapolis, Indiana. In addition to teaching at the University of Pittsburgh he has also taught at the secondary school level and has held adjunct faculty positions at Indiana University and the University of Michigan. He is one of two faculty editors for the University of Pittsburgh Tax Review.



"This volume aims to set out the important points practitioners are looking for on the CISG: it provides illumination of the meaning of the CISG's provisions in a succinct format that will aid the busy practitioner.

With a foreword by the creator of the most extensive online CISG database, the late Professor Albert Kritzer, the book proceeds to thoroughly introduce the methodology for interpretation of the CISG, and then for each article of the CISG, provides a brief yet insightful commentary covering the main issues relevant in practice, followed by selected cases materials on point, as well as the valuable opinions of the CISG Advisory Council which are reproduced in the appendices.

The book will be a valuable resource for time-poor attorneys, particularly those who are new to the CISG or wish to have on hand an easily accessible resource as a starting point for research. In short, the authors have commendably achieved their aims."
-Lisa Spagnolo, Faculty of Law, Monash University


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