CISG Advisory Council Opinion 20
Hardship under the CISG
The CISG-AC started as a private initiative supported by the
Institute of International Commercial Law at Pace University School of
Law and the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University
of London. The International Sales Convention Advisory Council
(CISGAC) is in place to support understanding of the United Nations
Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) and
the promotion and assistance in the uniform interpretation of the CISG.
At its formative meeting in Paris in June 2001, Prof. Peter Schlechtriem
of Freiburg University, Germany, was elected Chair of the CISG-AC for
a three-year term. Dr. Loukas A. Mistelis of the Centre for Commercial
Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London, was elected Secretary.
The founding members of the CISG-AC were Prof. Emeritus Eric E.
Bergsten, Pace University School of Law; Prof. Michael Joachim Bonell,
University of Rome La Sapienza; Prof. E. Allan Farnsworth, Columbia
University School of Law; Prof. Alejandro M. Garro, Columbia University
School of Law; Prof. Sir Roy M. Goode, Oxford, Prof. Sergei N. Lebedev,
Maritime Arbitration Commission of the Chamber of Commerce and
Industry of the Russian Federation; Prof. Jan Ramberg, University of
Stockholm, Faculty of Law; Prof. Peter Schlechtriem, Freiburg University;
Prof. Hiroo Sono, Faculty of Law, Hokkaido University; Prof. Claude
Witz, Universität des Saarlandes and Strasbourg University. Members of
the Council are elected by the Council. At subsequent meetings, the
CISGAC elected as additional members Prof. Pilar Perales Viscasillas,
Universidad Carlos III, Madrid; Professor Ingeborg Schwenzer,
University of Basel; Prof. John Y Gotanda, Villanova University; Prof.
Michael G. Bridge, London School of Economics; Prof. Han Shiyuan,
Tsinghua University, Prof. Yesim Atamer, Istanbul Bilgi University,
Turkey, and Prof. Ulrich Schroeter, University of Mannheim. Prof. Jan
Ramberg served for a three-year term as the second Chair of the CISGAC.
At its 11th meeting in Wuhan, People’s Republic of China, Prof. Eric E.
Bergsten of Pace University School of Law was elected Chair of the CISGAC
and Prof. Sieg Eiselen of the Department of Private Law of the
University of South Africa was elected Secretary. At its 14th meeting in
Belgrade, Serbia, Prof. Ingeborg Schwenzer of the University of Basel was
elected Chair of the CISGAC.
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