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Adoption of the Vienna Convention for the International Sale of Goods (the CISG) in South Africa [*]   *  ,
Sieg Eiselen  ** 

1. INTRODUCTION

2. THE NEED FOR THE UNIFICATION OF INTERNATIONAL SALES LAW

2.1 The driving forces behind unification
2.2 Opposition to unification
2.3 Conclusion

3. DEVELOPMENT OF THE CISG

3.1 Early unifying efforts
3.2 The ULIS and ULF  57 
3.3 The evolution of the CISG

4. OTHER METHODS TO ACHIEVE LEGAL UNIFICATION OR SOLVE PROBLEMS OF INTERNATIONAL SALES

5. THE CASE FOR ADOPTION

5.1 Legal reasons
(a) Simplification, reasonableness and equity
(b) Unified interpretation and application
(c) One internal law to contend with
(d) The CISG already applicable in many cases
(e) Improved law of sale
(f) Legal certainty and availability of sources
(g) Success of the CISG
5.2 Business or trade related reasons
(a) Renewed importance of international trade
(b) Simplification, reduction of costs and legal uncertainty; easy access to the law
(c) Acknowledgement of party autonomy
(d) Common language and checklist for international negotiations
(e) Acknowledgement of international trade usage and practice
(f) Focus on the commercial aspect of transaction
(g) Improved competition
5.3 Policy reasons
(a) The inclusive and participative process in the creation of the CISG
(b) The extent of international acceptance
(c) South Africa's leadership role in the region

6. THE CASE AGAINST ADOPTION

6.1 Legal reasons
(b) No underlying principles
(c) Foreign formulations
(d) Artificial division between national and international transactions
(e) Static and unchangeable monument
(f) Integrity endangered by multitude of languages and interpretational approaches
(g) Legal uncertainty
6.2 Business or trade-related reasons
(a) Irrelevance because of trade practices and standard contracts
(b) Unnecessary complication of international trade law
6.3 Political reasons
(a) Foreign solutions to well-known problems
(b) Inefficiency of uniform law

7. EXPERIENCE WITH THE CISG THUS FAR

8. CONCLUSION

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