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CISG Basics: Scope and General Provisions

This lesson is first in a series that takes a look at the basics of agreements governed by the U.N. Convention on the International Sale of Goods (CISG). The CISG provides a uniform set of rules for international sales contracts where the parties are located in different signatory countries. While some of the rules parallel those under the common law and Article 2 of the U.C.C., many are different. This lesson sets out the basic requisites for determining when the CISG applies and evaluating contracts governed by the CISG. The general attributes of domestic contracts and CISG contracts are covered in other lessons.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the lesson, the student will be able to:

  1. Determine when the CISG applies to a transaction.
  2. Explain how the CISG parol evidence rule differs from the Article 2 parol evidence rule.
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