Pre-Vis Conference 2020

CISG: 40 Years and Still Going Strong?

DateFriday, April 3, 2020
Time9:30 - 16:30
VenueJuridicum, University of Vienna, Schottenbastei 10-16, 1010 Vienna, Hörsaal U18
Fees50 €, registration required

Bucerius Law School, McGill University Montreal, New York University, University of Vienna and UNCITRAL join forces to celebrate 40 years of CISG – just prior to the opening of the 27th Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna.

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 issues of scope and more substantive issues. The conference will also analyse the CISG‘s relationship with other instruments, including instruments of so-called soft law.

Andrea Bjorklund (McGill University, Montreal)
Franco Ferrari (New York University, New York City)
Stefan Kröll (Bucerius Law School, Hamburg)
Paul Oberhammer (University of Vienna, Vienna)
August Reinisch (University of Vienna, Vienna)


10:00 - 10:15 

Opening Remarks
Prof. Paul Oberhammer (University of Vienna, Vienna)
Prof. Andrea Bjorklund (McGill 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 - 12:15Coffee 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 - 14:15Lunch Break
14:15 - 16:15

Market Damages vs. Lost Profits - Art. 76 vs. Art. 74 CISG
Prof. Yeşim M. 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 (McGill University, Montreal)

16:15 - 16:30Closing Remarks
Prof. Stefan Kröll (Bucerius Law School, Hamburg)
José Angelo Estrella Faria (UN, Office of Legal Affairs, International Trade Law Division, Vienna)


The Conference is graciously hosted by the University of Vienna, Faculty of Law. Please click the button below to register with the University of Vienna.



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Bucerius Law School – Hochschule für Rechtswissenschaft
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