Seminar – To Exclude or Not to Exclude the CISG: Benefits and Risks for Australian Parties

The UNCITRAL National Coordination Committee for Australia (UNCCA) in conjunction with Herbert Smith Freehills is please to present:

“To Exclude or Not to Exclude the CISG: Benefits and Risks for Australian Parties”

A breakfast seminar by Professor Ingeborg Schwenzer, University of Basel and Chair of the CISG Advisory Council

With comments from the Hon Kevin Lindgren AM QC


Entry is free, but numbers are strictly limited and registration is required.

The CISG, also known as the Vienna Convention, is part of the law of NSW and is one of the most widely adopted international commercial conventions. It is frequently excluded by Australian lawyers, but is this the right approach? This is the question to be addressed by Professor Schwenzer, a world expert on the CISG and Chair of the CISG Advisory Council, which issues opinions to help promote the harmonised application of the CISG in common law and civil law jurisdictions alike. Professor Schwenzer will also launch the recently published book by Dr Lisa Spagnolo of Monash University, ‘CISG Exclusion and Legal Efficiency’, Kluwer, 2014.

This seminar forms part of the occasional lecture series arranged by the UNCITRAL National Coordination Committee for Australia (UNCCA). UNCCA acknowledges the support of Herbert Smith Freehills, and partner Donald Robertson, for hosting this seminar, as well as the support of the Law Council of Australia. Further details about UNCCA and its work can be found on the Law Council Website or by contacting its chair, Tim Castle, at

Date & Time:

7:30 am - 9:30 am
Tuesday 21 October 2014


Herbert Smith Freehills
161 Castlereagh St

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