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Status of UNCITRAL Conventions and Model Laws

May 2005

I. Participation in UNCITRAL Conventions

Comment

1. Convention on the Limitation Period in the International Sale of Goods, concluded at New York on 14 June 1974, as amended by the Protocol of 11 April 1980

Parties: 18
Declarations and reservations

2. [Unamended] Convention on the Limitation Period in the International Sale of Goods (New York, 1974)

Parties: 25
Declarations and reservations

3. United Nations Convention on the Carriage of Goods by Sea, 1978 (Hamburg)

Parties: 29
Declarations and reservations

4. United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (Vienna, 1980)

Parties: 65
Declarations and reservations

5. United Nations Convention on International Bills of Exchange and International Promissory Notes (New York, 1988)

Signatures only: 3; ratifications and accessions: 4

6. United Nations Convention on the Liability of Operators of Transport Terminals in International Trade (Vienna, 1991)

Signatures only: 5; ratifications and accessions: 3

7. United Nations Convention on Independent Guarantees and Stand-by Letters of Credit (New York, 1995)

Parties: 6

8. United Nations Convention on the Assignment of Receivables in International Trade (New York 2001)

9. United Nations Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (New York, 1958)

Parties: 141
Declarations and reservations

II. Enactments of UNCITRAL Model Laws

10. UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration (1985)

11. UNCITRAL Model Law on International Credit Transfers (1992)

12. UNCITRAL Model Law on Procurement of Goods, Construction and Services (1994)

13. UNCITRAL Model Law on Electronic Commerce (1996)

14. UNCITRAL Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency (1997) adopted by UNCITRAL at its 30 th session

15. UNCITRAL Model Law on Electronic Signatures (2001)

III. Chronological Table of Actions in Respect of UNCITRAL Conventions

1. Convention on the Limitation Period in the International Sale of Goods, concluded at New York on 14 June 1974, as amended by the Protocol of 11 April 1980

2. [Unamended] Convention on the Limitation Period in the International Sale of Goods (New York, 1974)

3. United Nations Convention on the Carriage of Goods by Sea, 1978 (Hamburg)

4. United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (Vienna, 1980)

5. United Nations Convention on International Bills of Exchange and International Promissory Notes (New York, 1988)

6. United Nations Convention on the Liability of Operators of Transport Terminals in International Trade (Vienna, 1991)

7. United Nations Convention on Independent Guarantees and Stand-by Letters of Credit (New York, 1995)

8. Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (New York, 1958)

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Status of UNCITRAL Conventions and Model Laws

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Status of UNCITRAL Conventions and Model Laws

May 2005

I. Participation in UNCITRAL Conventions

4. United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (Vienna, 1980)

Parties: 65
Declarations and reservations

StateSignatureMethod Entry into force
Argentina 1/-19 July 1983 a/1 January 1988
Australia-17 March 1988 a/1 April 1989
Austria11 April 198029 December 19871 January 1989
Belarus 1/-9 October 1989 a/1 November 1990
Belgium-31 October 1996 a/1 November 1997
Bosnia and Herzegovina-12 January 1994 d/6 March 1992
Bulgaria-9 July 1990 a/1 August 1991
Burundi-4 September 1998 a/1 October 1999
Canada 2/-23 April 1991 a/1 May 1992
Chile 1/11 April 19807 February 19901 March 1991
China 3/30 September 198111 December 1986 AA/1 January 1988
Colombia-10 July 2001 a/1 August 2002
Croatia 8/-8 June 1998 d/8 October 1991
Cuba-2 November 1994 a/1 December 1995
Cyprus-7 March 2005 a1 April 2006
Czech Republic a/ 7/-30 September 1993 d/1 January 1993
Denmark 4/26 May 198114 February 19891 March 1990
Ecuador-27 January 1992 a/1 February 1993
Egypt-6 December 1982 a/1 January 1988
Estonia 1/-20 September 1993 a/1 October 1994
Finland 4/26 May 198115 December 19871 January 1989
France27 August 19816 August 1982 AA/1 January 1988
Gabon-15 December 2004 a1 January 2006
Georgia-16 August 1994 a/1 September 1995
Germany b/ 5/26 May 198121 December 19891 January 1991
Ghana11 April 1980--
Greece-12 January 1998 a/1 February 1999
Guinea-23 January 1991 a/1 February 1992
Honduras-10 October 2002 a/1 November 2003
Hungary 1/ 6/22 April 198016 June 19831 January 1988
Iceland-10 May 2001 a/1 June 2002
Iraq-5 March 1990 a/1 April 1991
Israel-22 January 2002 a/1 February 2003
Italy30 September 198111 December 19861 January 1988
Kyrgyzstan-11 May 1999 a/1 June 2000
Latvia 1/-31 July 1997 a/1 August 1998
Lesotho18 June 198118 June 19811 January 1988
Lithuania 1/-18 January 1995 a/1 February 1996
Luxembourg-30 January 1997 a/1 February 1998
Mauritania-20 August 1999 a/1 September 2000
Mexico-29 December 1987 a/1 January 1989
Moldova-13 October 1994 a/1 November 1995
Mongolia-31 December 1997 a/1 January 1999
Netherlands29 May 198113 December 1990 A/1 January 1992
New Zealand-22 September 1994 a/1 October 1995
Norway 4/26 May 198120 July 19881 August 1989
Peru-25 March 1999 a/1 April 2000
Poland28 September 198119 May 19951 June 1996
Republic of Korea-17 February 2004 a1 March 2005
Romania-22 May 1991 a/1 June 1992
Russian Federation c/ 1/-16 August 1990 a/1 September 1991
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 7/-12 September 2001 a/1 October 2001
Singapore 7/11 April 198016 February 19951 March 1996
Slovakia a/ 7/-28 May 1993 d/1 January 1993
Slovenia-7 January 1994 d/25 June 1991
Spain-24 July 1990 a/1 August 1991
Sweden 4/26 May 198115 December 19871 January 1989
Switzerland-21 February 1990 a/1 March 1991
Syrian Arab Republic-19 October 1982 a/1 January 1988
Uganda-12 February 1992 a/1 March 1993
Ukraine 1/-3 January 1990 a/1 February 1991
United States of America 7/31 August 198111 December 19861 January 1988
Uruguay-25 January 1999 a/1 February 2000
Uzbekistan-27 November 1996 a/1 December 1997
Venezuela28 September 1981--
Yugoslavia d/-12 March 2001 d/27 April 1992 d/
Zambia-6 June 1986 a/1 January 1988

Parties: 65

a/ The Convention was signed by the former Czechoslovakia on 1 September 1981 and an instrument of ratification was deposited on 5 March 1990, with the Convention entering into force for the former Czechoslovakia on 1 April 1991. 7/ On 28 May 1993 Slovakia, and on 30 September 1993 the Czech Republic, deposited instruments of succession, with effect from 1 January 1993, the date of succession of States.

b/ The Convention was signed by the former German Democratic Republic on 13 August 1981, ratified on 23 February 1989 and entered into force on 1 March 1990.

c/ The Russian Federation continues, as from 24 December 1991, the membership of the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) in the United Nations and maintains, as from that date, full responsibility for all the rights and obligations of the USSR under the Charter of the United Nations and multilateral treaties deposited with the Secretary-General.

d/ The former Yugoslavia had signed and ratified the Convention on 11 April 1980 and 27 March 1985, respectively. Reference C.N.254.2001.TREATIES-1 (Depositary Notification) regarding Yugoslavia: Succession, states: "The Secratary-General of the United Nations, acting his capacity as a depositary, communicates the following: The above action was effected on 12 March 2001. The Convention became effective for Yugoslavia on 27 April 1992, the date of State succession."

Declarations and reservations

1/ Upon ratifying, or acceding to, the Convention, Argentina, Belarus, Chile, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine and USSR declared, in accordance with articles 12 and 96 of the Convention, that any provision of article 11, article 29 or Part II of the Convention that allows a contract of sale or its modification or termination by agreement or any offer, acceptance or other indication of intention to be made in any form other than in writing, would not apply where any party had his place of business in their respective States.

2/ Upon accession, Canada declared that, in accordance with article 93 of the Convention, the Convention will extend to Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and the Northwest Territories.(Upon accession, Canada declared that, in accordance with article 95 of the Convention, with respect to British Columbia, it will not be bound by article 1(1)(b) of the Convention. In a notification received on 31 July 1992, Canada withdrew that declaration.) In a declaration received on 9 April 1992, Canada extended the application of the Convention to Quebec and Saskatchewan. In a notification received on 29 June 1992, Canada extended the application of the Convention to Yukon Territory. In a notification received on 18 June 2003, Canada extended the application of the Convention to the Territory of Nunavut.

3/ Upon approving the Convention, the People's Republic of China declared that it did not consider itself bound by sub-paragraph (b) of paragraph (1) of article 1 and article 11 as well as the provisions in the Convention relating to the content of article 11.

4/ Upon ratifying the Convention, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden declared in accordance with article 92(1) that they would not be bound by Part II of the Convention (Formation of the Contract). Upon ratifying the Convention, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden declared, pursuant to article 94(1) and 94(2), that the Convention would not apply to contracts of sale where the parties have their places of business in Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Iceland or Norway.

5/ Upon ratifying the Convention, Germany declared that it would not apply article 1(1)(b) in respect of any State that had made a declaration that that State would not apply article 1(1)(b).

6/ Upon ratifying the Convention, Hungary declared that it considered the General Conditions of Delivery of Goods between Organizations of the Member Countries of the Council for Mutual Economic Assistance to be subject to the provisions of article 90 of the Convention.

7/ Upon ratifying the Convention, Czechoslovakia, Singapore and the United States of America declared that they would not be bound by paragraph (1)(b) of article 1.

8/ Upon succeeding to the Convention, the Republic of Croatia has decided, on the basis of the Constitutional Decision on Sovereignty and Independence of the Republic of Croatia of 25 June 1991, and the Decision of the Croatian Parliament of 8 October 1991, and by virtue of succession of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in respect of the territory of the Republic of Croatia, to be considered a party to the Convention with effect as from 8 October 1991, the date on which the Republic of Croatia severed all constitutional and legal connections with the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and took over its international obligations.


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