Contracts for the International Sale of Goods

Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (Vienna, 1980)

The United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) entered into force on January 1, 1988 for the 11 contracting parties, including the United States. The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) drafted the CISG. Currently the CISG has seventy-six parties. The CISG aims to provide an internationally recognizable body of law governing the sale of goods across international borders.


  • Select UNCITRAL Texts & Status for full-text documents arranged by topic. For each document find links for relevant General Assembly resolutions, document texts, status including a listing of parties, and Travaux préparatoires (preparatory documents). The UNCITRAL Secretariat prepares yearly a document containing the status of conventions and model laws, which is available by clicking the link for the corresponding UNCITRAL Commission session.
  • The UNCITRAL Yearbook is a compilation of all substantive documents related to the work of the Commission and its Working Groups. Yearbooks are available 1968-2004. Annual Reports of the Commission, Commission documents, Working Groups documents, Conference room papers, Information series papers, and an UNCITRAL bibliography.


  • UNILEX on CISG & UNIDROIT Principles: International Caselaw & Bibliography. International caselaw and bibliography on the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods and the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts. Each instrument includes the convention text and contracting parties, cases (arranged by date, country, arbitral award or article/issue), and bibliography.

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Revised April 2016