Clive M Schmitthoff Essay Competition

The Autonomous Network of CISG Websites

Current participants

Click below for the homepage of each website provider. For interested participants, we can also share draft homepages of many of the pending sites -- each primarily in the language of the host country or region.

A coordinating site
Current content limited to early case law

Nature of the network

The foundation of the Autonomous Network of CISG Websites is collegiality. The Internet is a very inexpensive and effective way for us to cooperate in this manner.

This is a uniform law network. The world's uniform international sales law belongs to each country and to all countries. To help one another, we share experience and lessons learned. Each national or regional website provider designs its site to best serve traders and counsel of its home market; together we serve the world market. The network is synergetic -- the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Sir Roger Bannister: The Four Minute Mile

"Relive one of the great moments in sports history: Roger Bannister's classic memoir of how he became the first to break the four-minute barrier in the mile." Franklin Press.

Uniform law: CISG article 7(1): The jurisconsultorium barrier

We too seek to break a barrier: a jurisconsultorium barrier. We seek to help set in place a global jurisconsultorium on uniform law for jurists and arbitrators of all jurisdictions, counsel who plead before them, law students, and scholars who comment -- to enable them to have an improved opportunity to consider doctrine and jurisprudence on uniform law from all jurisdictions, including jurisdictions other than their own.

When Roger Bannister broke his barrier, others proceeded to break this barrier in better ways than Bannister. Their successors learn from Bannister and from them. We seek the same. Pursuant to the mandate recited in Article 7(1) of the CISG, we seek to help break a jurisconsultorium barrier for an important uniform law. There are other important uniform laws with similar mandates. The methodology we implement together can also be applied to them. When others do so, their achievements will delight -- as occurred with Bannister's successors. We will learn from them. We will improve our service to our profession and to the world community.

We encourage scholars of all countries to join this endeavor. We will do our best to help you enrich your presentation by providing useful material for you to link to, as do all of the other network sites.

Our invitation

Help traders and counsel of your country

The Autonomous Network of CISG Websites is not yet world wide. Help make it so. For countries/languages not yet represented, consider a comparable service for your country. We court persons interested in uniform laws: professors, practitioners or students. Where you do not have Internet server capability, Pace offers to assist. Together we can make it happen. E-mail contact:

What is involved?

The elements of the typical network website consist of a text of the uniform law in one's language; a bibliography of scholarly writings on the uniform law that are of special interest to traders and counsel of one's market, with texts of such articles presented to the extent available; and data on emerging case law from one's market, with links to other network websites.

Site editors, universities, centers and law firms
who share / will share with you on the Internet

To facilitate intra-network dialogues, suggested improvements and sharings of lessons learned, e-mail addresses are provided for each site.

Website colleagues

Africa. The

CISG-Africa website on the UN Sales Law <> is edited by Prof. Siegfried Eiselen, University of South Africa <> and hosted at his university.

Arab States. Arab States CISG-Middle East website <>. Middle East Center for International Commercial Law. Dr. Hossam A. El Saghir, Associate Dean for Higher Studies, Menoufia University Faculty of Law <>.

Australia. CISG-Australia website <>. Victoria University of Technology, Melbourne. Lecturer of Law Bruno Zeller <>.

Austria. The CISG-Austria site <> is edited by Dr. Peter Konwitschka, Rechtsanwalt <>, Schönherr Rechtsanwälte OEG (Vienna) and Birgit Kurtz, Esq. <>, Alston & Bird, LLP (NY).

Belgium. The CISG-Belgium site <> on the Uniform International Sales Law is produced and edited at the Institute for International Trade Law of Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. The members of the Institute are Prof. Dr. Hans van Houtte, Dr. Marta Pertegás Sender, Karen Vandekerckhome, Thalia Kruger <>, Johan Verlinden, Jos Decoker, Hans Das, Bart Delmartino, Viviane Verbist.

Brazil. CISG-Brasil website <>. Editor-in-chief: Leandro Tripodi <>.

Canada.CISG-Canada website <> CISG Canada is edited by Peter Mazzacano <> an LL.M. graduate student at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto, Canada.

England. Queen Mary Case Translation Programme of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary College, University of London. Dr. Loukas A. Mistelis <>. The object of the QM programme is to expand upon the number of full-text case translations available to all participants in the Autonomous Network and to those who avail themselves of the services they provide.

France.CISG-France website <>. Centre juridique franco-allemand, Université de la Sarre. Prof. Dr. Claude Witz, Chaire de Droit privé français <>. Website administration <>.

Germany.CISG online website <>. Institut für ausländishes und internationales Privatrecht, Direktor: Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c, Peter Schlechtriem, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. Website administration <>.

Greece.CISG-Greece website <>. University of Athens. Dionysios Flambouras <>. Chair of the Board of Directors of the website: Dr. Michael Stathopópolos, Professor of Civil Law, Athens University (currently Minister of Justice of the Hellenic Republic).

Israel.CISG-Israel website <>. Center for Commercial Law, Bar Ilan University. Dr. Arie Reich <>.

Italy.Selected Italian case law <>. Centre for Comparative and Foreign Law Studies - Roma.

Japan.CISG-Japan website <>. Kyushu University. Prof. Hiroo Sono <>.

Korea.CISG-Republic of Korea website <> Editor: Danielle Choi <>

Latin America.CISG Spain and Latin America website <>. Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Professora Ma del Pilar Perales Viscasillas <>.

Mexico. The CISG-Mexico site <> is edited by Mtro. Alejandro Osuna González <>. The host for the site is Universidad Iberoamericana, Plantel Noroeste, in Tijuana, State of Baja California, Mexico.

Netherlands. The emerging CISG-Netherlands website <> is hosted and edited by Patrick Bout <>.

Nordic States. CISG Nordic <> provides coverage for all five Nordic States - Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. This site is edited by Thomas Neumann <> of the Aarus School of Business.

Russia. CISG-Russia website [pending]. Moscow State Institute of International Relations (University) of the Russian Federation Foreign Affairs Ministry (Chair of Private and Civil Law) and the International Law Firm "Moscow International Center for Entrepreneurship & Co. Prof. Alexandre Mouranov and Margaret Slavin eds. <>.

Slovakia. Edited by JUDr Juraj Kotrusz <> and JUDr Natalia Stefankova, Ph.D., the CISG-Slovakia website <> is sponsored by the Department of International Law and European Law at the Faculty of Law of Trnava University and the Law Firm of JUDr Pavol Gracik in Nitra.

Spain.CISG-Spain and Latin America website <>. Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Professora Ma del Pilar Perales Viscasillas <>.

Switzerland. <>. Edited by Prof. Ingeborg Schwenzer of the University of Basel, is a successor to the CISG online website of the University of Freiburg. The contact for this site is <>.

Thailand. The CISG-Thailand website <> is hosted by Sripatum University and edited by Dr. Jumpita Ruangvichathorn <>.

Turkey. CISG-Turkey website <> is hosted by Istanbul Bilgi University. The Chief-Editor is Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yeşim M. Atamer <> and Assistant-Editor, Başak Başoğlu, LL.M. <>.

United States.Pace cisgw3 website <>. Institute of International Commercial Law, Pace University School of Law. Vikki Rogers <>.

Founded in 1991, the Pace Law School Institute of International Commercial Law (IICL) promotes the commercial rule of law and access to justice by leveraging technological innovation to (1) provide high-quality educational opportunities and online legal resources in international commercial law and dispute resolution; and (2) facilitate the development of online dispute prevention, management and resolution systems.   For the last twenty-five years, the IICL has supported its two flagship programs, the CISG Database and the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, as well as continuously innovated to provide new programming and resources for the international commercial law and dispute resolution communities. 

CISG Database – Setting the Standard

Built on the philosophy that universally-free access to legal information contributes to peaceful cooperation among trading partners and countries, the Pace-IICL CISG Database offers the most current and comprehensive collection of information on the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG), the law governing commercial transactions among the majority of the world’s trading nations. Our electronic library includes:

  • Identification of States that have adopted the CISG;
  • Texts of the CISG in a variety of languages;
  • Volumes of material on the CISG’s legislative history;
  • A bibliography on International Contract Law, containing over 10,000 entries;
  • Over 1,500 full-texts of monographs, commentaries and books on International Contract Law;
  • Over 2,850 CISG case law presentations (including over 1,500 translations);
  • Annotated CISG text pages;
  • Guides for managers and counsel;
  • Links to the Autonomous Network of CISG Databases; and
  • Links to related international commercial law sites.

Vis Moot – The World’s Meeting Place

The Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, named after the Institute’s first Director, Willem C. Vis and intially directed by Eric Bergsten, Professor Emeritus at Pace Law School, is a staple in the training of law students in international sales law and international commercial arbitration around the world, as well as a professional networking event for persons in both fields of law.

Beyond the Database and Moot

Building on these successful programs, the Pace Institute of International Commercial Law continues to contribute to the landscape of teaching and scholarship in international commercial law and international commercial arbitration through its sponsorship and initiative in the creation of the following programs:

For further information contact:

Institute of International Commercial Law
Preston Room 204
Pace Law School
78 North Broadway
White Plains, NY 10603
(914) 422-4002

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