The CISG (acronym in English for the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods) was ratified in Brazil in 2012 and will be enter into force in Brazil on April 1, 2014. When in force, the Convention will govern all commercial contracts for import and export of goods between Brazil and most of its trading partners. The CISG is already applicable in 79 countries and potentially covers 80% of international trade. Its purpose is to provide uniformity to the legal treatment of the sale of goods around the world. It is therefore essential for the Brazilian Judiciary to be aware of the international experience with the CISG, which will allow it to cooperate with the efforts toward a uniform sales law.

Among others, the seminar will focus on the following topics related to the CISG:

  • Scope of application.
  • Challenges of joining the CISG system.
  • Formation of the sales contract. Standard Terms. E-commerce.
  • Seller's obligations. Delivery. Transfer of title. Documentation. Conformity of the goods.
  • Buyer's obligations and risk of loss
  • Remedies. Avoidance. Specific performance. Fundamental breach.
  • Damages. Exemption. Hardship. Interest
  • Hot topics on the CISG: specific issues
  • Roundtable: international arbitration and the CISG
  • Special Judges Panel: the role of the Courts in the application of the CISG