International Contracts


International Contracts - Research Guide International Law

International business transactions are described in the form of an international contract, containing the objective(s) and commitments of each of the parties involved and the terms which govern the transaction. When parties from different countries enter into a contract, they are governed by international contract law unless they agree to abide by the laws of one of the countries. International contract law is a branch of private international law. This type of law is frequently applied to as international sales law. International sales contracts are governed by the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) from 1980. The purpose of the CISG is to provide a regime for contracts for the international sale of goods. The Convention is developed to promote commercial exchanges between private parties. In history, merchants developed their own sort of international contract law. Traders wanted to deal despite differences in languages, culture and laws developed their own code for international transactions. These rules have evolved into the contract laws of today.

This Research Guide is intended as a starting point for research on International Contracts. It provides the basic legal materials available in the Peace Palace Library, both in print and electronic format. Handbooks, leading articles, bibliographies, periodicals, serial publications and documents of interest are presented in the Selective Bibliography section. Links to the PPL Catalogue are inserted. The Library's systematic classification → Private International Law and subject heading (keyword) International Contracts are instrumental for searching through the Catalogue. Special attention is given to our subscriptions on databases, e-journals, e-books and other electronic resources. Finally, this Research Guide features links to relevant websites and other online resources of particular interest.


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1. Internationales Vertragsrecht
Internationales Vertragsrecht : Rom I-VO, CISG, CMR, FactÜ : Kommentar / von Prof. Dr. Franco Ferrari, LL.M., Prof.Dr. Eva-Maria Kieninger, Prof. Dr. Peter Mankowski, Prof. Dr. Karsten Otte, M.C.J., Prof. Dr. Ingo Saenger, Prof Dr. Götz Schulze, Prof. Dr. Ansgar Staudinger. - 3. Auflage. - München : C.H. Beck, 2018. - XLII, 1731 pages. ; 23 cm First edition: 2007. - Includes bibliographical references and an index. - 2018
Keywords: Germany, International contracts, Regulation (EC) No 593/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 June 2008 on the law applicable to contractual obligations (Rome I), United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (Vienna, 11 April 1980), UNIDROIT Convention on International Factoring [Ottawa, 28 May 1988], Convention on the Contract for the International Carriage of Goods by Road (Geneva, 19 May 1956), Commentaries,

2. The expansion of the Panama canal and its ruling international contract: A mega-project sailing in troubled waters?
The expansion of the Panama canal and its ruling international contract: A mega-project sailing in troubled waters? / Irene Nuviala Lapieza In: Revista electrónica de estudios internacionales = ISSN 1697-5197: (2017), issue 33 (jun), page 1-38. - 2017
Keywords: Panama Canal, Foreign direct investment, International Federation of Consulting Engineers, International contracts, Dispute resolution, Clauses, Negotiations, Arbitration,



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