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Overview Edit

The U.N. Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods is an international convention, prepared by the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). The Convention establishes a comprehensive code of legal rules governing the formation of contracts for the international sale of goods, the obligations of the buyer and seller, remedies for breach of contract and other aspects of the contract.

The Convention does not apply to consumer contracts. Article 2(a) excludes the sale of goods

bought for personal, family or household use, unless the seller, at any time before or at the conclusion of the contract, neither knew nor ought to have known that the goods were bought for any such use.

Member states agree that the Convention will apply to commercial contracts between parties from member states, unless the parties opt out of the provisions of the Convention. The United States is a member of the Convention. The Convention is not the same as the U.C.C.. Since U.S. vendors are more familiar with the U.C.C., they usually elect to opt out of the Convention.

Sample clause Edit

This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of ______, excluding (i) that body of law known as conflicts of law, and (ii) the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods.

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