Cross-border commercial exchanges are the economic engine of the global economy.  International supply chains are increasingly complex, covering not only the transfer of goods but also services, and financing and logistics. That complexity gives rise to a number of interesting legal issues, ranging from the identification and choice of the applicable law, to the adequate management of the contract for sale of goods and to the legal status of new business practices and methods.  This course offers an advanced study of the law of international sale of goods, with a focus on the use of uniform laws and international treaties. During the course students will become acquainted with the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) and its complementary texts, including UNCITRAL texts on electronic commerce.  Emerging issues such as smart contracts and the use of distributed ledger technology (blockchain) will also be discussed.

Topics covered include:

  • Supporting contracts in the international supply chain: carriage, financing, dispute resolution etc.
  • CISG: scope of application, general principles, formation of contract, obligation of the parties.
  • Case law analysis on CISG
  • CISG complementary texts: Hague Principles on Choice of Law for International Contracts, Limitation Convention, Unidroit Principles, Incoterms
  • Uniform law on electronic commerce:  the UNCITRAL Model Laws and the UN Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts
  • Enactment and application of the uniform law on sales and electronic commerce in East Asia and the Pacific
  • Perspectives for innovation: smart contracts and the use of distributed ledger technology (blockchain)

Dr Luca Castellani

Luca Castellani is the Head of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific (UNCITRAL RCAP) located in Incheon, Republic of Korea. He was formerly a legal officer in the secretariat of UNCITRAL, where he was tasked with the functions of secretary of the Electronic Commerce Working Group, and with the promotion of the adoption and uniform interpretation of UNCITRAL texts relating to sale of goods and electronic commerce. He is a member of the United Nations Network of Experts for Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific (UN NExT) Legal Advisory Group.

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