B. United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods 150
150 Part III: Electronic signatures and international contracts B. United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods I. Background The Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (commonly known as CISG) was approved on April 10, 1980 in the United Nations Conference on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods and has been opened for signature and accession as from April 11, 1980.464 Since then around 70 countries have become members of CISG, including Argentina, Germany and the United States of America.465 The goal of CISG is the unification of the rules for sale of goods contracts of international nature so as to promote international trade and remove legal barriers.466 CISG applies both to electronic and non- electronic contracts.467 CISG is the result of the work of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law. On the very first UNCITRAL session the topic of the international sale of goods was included in the commission´s work program.468 In order to carry out the task of harmonizing the law of the international sale of goods, UNCITRAL instituted the Working Group on International Sale of Goods, which held its first session in January 1970469 and continued its work 464 UNCITRAL, Final Act of the United Nations Conference on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods, Yearbook of the United Nations Commission on In- ternational Trade Law, Volume XI, 1980, (A/CONF.97/18), p. 150, para. 13. 465 UNCITRAL, Status of the United Nations Convention on the Contracts for the...
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