1-Hour Program

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The UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) is an international treaty, ratified by nearly 100 countries, governing contract formation and the rights and obligations of sellers and buyers arising from international contracts for the sale of goods between parties in different signatory countries. While the treaty has been in force since 1988, many courts and lawyers are unfamiliar with it. This is quite remarkable because it applies by default to many international transactions. It is, therefore, important for international parties—and their counsel—to better understand the CISG’s applications and potential pitfalls, and how it contrasts to other laws like the UCC. This program offers insight from corporate counsel and litigators familiar with the CISG and its application to contract disputes.

Faculty will cover:

  • An overview of the CISG and when it automatically applies (15 minutes);
  • Comparing and contrasting the CISG and the UCC (15 minutes);
  • Pros and cons of having a contract governed by the CISG (15 minutes);
  • Effectively opting out of the CISG (10 minutes); and
  • The use of expert witnesses in CISG litigation (5 minutes).


Program Level: Update

Prerequisites: None

Advanced Preparation: None




Phoenix Cai

Sturm College of Law

University of Denver


Kyle J. Kolb

Herrick, Feinstein LLP


Sean E. O’Donnell

Herrick, Feinstein LLP


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