Pre-Vis Conference 2020 – CISG: 40 Years and Still Going Strong?


As the CISG turns 40, it is worth looking into what issues are still generating discussions, since taking stock of its open issues is a prerequisite to be able to shape the CISG‘s future. This conference will tackle some of the most important issues, from the CISG‘s applicability in arbitration, to scope issues and more substantive issues. The conference will also analyse the CISG‘s relationship with other instruments, including instruments of so-called soft law.

Date: Friday, April 3, 2020
Time: 9:30 - 16:30
Venue: Juridicum, University of Vienna, Schottenbastei 10-16, 1010 Vienna, Hörsaal U18
Fees: 50 €, registration required

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  • 9:30 – 10:00
  • 10:00 – 10:15
    Opening Remarks
    Prof. Paul Oberhammer (University of Vienna, Vienna)
    Prof. Andrea Bjorklund (Mc Gill University, Montreal)
  • 10:15 – 11:45
    Homeward and Outward Trend in CISG Case Law
    Prof. Franco Ferrari (New York University, New York City)

    The CISG and the Sale of Goods Contract: 40 Years and Beyond
    Prof. María Pilar Perales Viscasillas (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Madrid)

    The CISG and the Digital Economy

    Prof. Christopher Kee (Flinders University, Adelaide)

    Session Chair: Prof. Stefan Kröll (Bucerius Law School, Hamburg)
  • 11:45 – 12:15
    Coffee Break
  • 12:15 – 13:15
    The CISG and Commodity Sales: A Relationship to be Revisited?
    Prof. Michael Bridge (National University of Singapore, Singapore)

    The CISG and Soft Law

    Dr. Brooke Marshall (University of New South Wales, Sydney)

    Session Chair: Prof. Franco Ferrari (New York University, New York City)
  • 13:15 – 14:15
    Lunch Break
  • 14:15 – 16:15
    Market Damages vs. Lost Profits – Art. 76 vs. Art. 74 CISG
    Prof. YeşimM. Atamer (University of Zurich, Zurich)

    Economic Hardship under the CISG: An Open Question?
    Prof. Clayton P. Gillette (New York University, New York City)

    The CISG‘s Applicability in International Commercial Arbitration
    Prof. Marco Torsello (Verona University, Verona)

    The CISG and the Principle 'Jura Novit Arbiter/Curia’

    Lecturer (Ass. Prof.) in Commercial Law Soterios Loizou (King‘s College London, London)

    Session Chair: Prof. Geneviève Saumier (Mc Gill University, Montreal)
  • 16:15 – 16:30
    Closing Remarks
    Prof. Stefan Kröll (Bucerius Law School, Hamburg)
    Prof. José Angelo Estrella Faria (UN, Office of Legal Affairs, International Trade Law Division, Vienna)