A Time-Limit Running Wild? Article 39(2) CISG and Domestic Limitation Periods

Schroeter, Ulrich. (2017) A Time-Limit Running Wild? Article 39(2) CISG and Domestic Limitation Periods. Nordic Journal of Commercial Law (2). pp. 152-179.

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Article 39(2) of the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods of 11 April 1980 (CISG) imposes a cut-off period on the buyer's remedies for the delivery of non-conforming goods, depriving the buyer of all remedies under the CISG if he has not given notice of non-conformity to the seller within two years after the goods were handed over.
Despite the fact that the CISG contains no rules on the limitation of actions (prescription), courts in various jurisdictions have held that Article 39(2) CISG preempts the application of limitation periods under domestic laws that are shorter than two years. The present article challenges this approach and argues that the prevailing interpretation of Article 39(2) CISG misunderstands the provision's purpose. If construed correctly, no conflict exists between the CISG's two-year cut-off rule and shorter domestic limitation periods.
Faculties and Departments:02 Faculty of Law > Departement Rechtswissenschaften > Fachbereich Privatrecht > Professur für Privatrecht (Schroeter)
UniBasel Contributors:Schroeter, Ulrich G.
Item Type:Article
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Aalborg Universitetsforlag
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