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Chinese Journal of Comparative Law





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Book Review

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Contracts for the International Sale of Goods, by Franco Ferrari, is a well-conceived and executed reference work. It is a valuable addition to scholarship focused on the 1980 United Nations Convention on the Law Applicable to Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (“CISG”).

In this work, Ferrari tracks the most important features of the CISG. Ferrari provides a brief history of the development and ratification of the CISG, careful consideration of the Convention’s sphere of applicability, its exclusions, and its broad deference to party autonomy. He then addresses two issues of recurring importance, namely those arising from disputes relating to the nonconformity of goods with contract obligations and the calculation of interest on sums in arrears.

The book combines a rich trove of source materials with careful analysis and makes a valuable contribution to the law of international business transactions. Moreover, because the author is a respected authority on the CISG and an elegant writer, the text is smooth, efficient, and enlightening.

Recommended Citation

Vincent R. Johnson, The CISG After a Generation (book review), 1 Chinese J. of Comp. L. 1 (2013).

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