Private International Law Aspects of CISG (18 December 2017)

Asian Institute of International Financial Law
Faculty of Law
The University of Hong Kong

UNCITRAL Asia Pacific Day 2017

Private International Law Aspects of CISG

Professor Anselmo Reyes
University of Hong Kong

Monday, 18 December 2017
6:30 – 7:30 pm
Academic Conference Room, 11/F Cheng Yu Tung Tower
The University of Hong Kong

The lecture will consider the effect of Articles 1(1)(b) and 95 of the 1980 United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG). Article 1(1)(b) provides for CISG to apply “when the rules of private international law lead to the application of the law of a Contracting State”. On the other hand, under Article 95 provides that any Contracting State may declare at the time of accession that it will not be bound by Article 1(1)(b). The lecture will also compare Article 1(1)(b) with the choice of law provisions in the 1986 Hague Convention on the Law Applicable to International Sale of Goods. It will ask why the 1986 Hague Convention has not been successful and why parties often invoke Article 6 of CISG to exclude CISG’s application.

Anselmo Reyes has been Professor of Legal Practice at the University of Hong Kong since October 2012. Before that, he was a judge of the Hong Kong High Court from 2003-12, when he was in charge of the Construction and Arbitration List (2004-8) and the Commercial and Admiralty Lists (2008-12). He was Representative of the Hague Conference on Private International Law’s Regional Office Asia Pacific from April 2013 to July 2017. He became an International Judge of the Singapore International Commercial Court in January 2015 and an Overseas Bencher of the Inner Temple in October 2015.