Rights, duties and remedies under the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods : an investigation into the CISG's compatibility with South African law

Oosthuizen, B. C. (2009) Rights, duties and remedies under the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods : an investigation into the CISG's compatibility with South African law. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.

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This thesis analyses the compatibility of the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) with the South African law of sale. An initial examination of the historical development of the CISG reveals its ambitions of becoming the primary source of law governing international contracts of sale. The goal of this research is to determine whether South Africa should ratify the CISG. The CISG has been ratified by most of the leading trading States in the world. In order to gain a better understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of ratification, a comparative study has been undertaken. The stance taken toward the CISG by the United Kingdom and Germany has been examined. The United Kingdom has staunchly avoided ratifying the CISG, despite having agreed thereto a number of years ago. Germany however has taken a different approach and has welcomed the CISG. The experiences of these foreign States serve as a useful guide when assessing the specific challenges that exist in South Africa concerning the adoption of the CISG. The most important aspect of this study is the direct comparison between the legal provisions housed in the CISG and their counterparts under South African law. A careful investigation has been conducted into the rights, duties, and remedies under the CISG. This investigation is followed by an examination of the corresponding rights, duties, and remedies under the South African domestic law of sale. It is evident from these explorations that the rights and duties under the CISG strongly resemble those under South African law. The direct comparison revealed however that certain remedies found in the CISG do not have a counterpart under South African law. Despite this discrepancy, there are no legal principles in the CISG that are completely unknown in South African law. While certain remedies housed in the CISG cannot be found in an identical form under South African law, sufficiently similar legal principles can be found, which frequently lead to the same results as those under the CISG. This study is concluded with a recommendation concerning South Africa’s adoption of the CISG.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:CISG; South African law; United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (1980); Sales; Commercial law
Subjects:K Law > K Law (General)
K Law > KT Asia and Eurasia, Africa, Pacific Aria, and Antarctica > Africa > South Africa, Republic of
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Law
Supervisors:Renaud, C. (Adv)
ID Code:1681
Deposited By: Nicolene Mvinjelwa
Deposited On:21 Jun 2010 07:33
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