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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

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

Parties: 25
Declarations and reservations

State a/SignatureMethod Entry into force
Argentina-9 October 1981 a/1 August 1988
Belarus14 June 197423 January 19971 August 1997
Bosnia and Herzegovina-12 January 1994 d/6 March 1992
Brazil14 June 1974--
Bulgaria24 February 1975--
Burundi-4 September 1998 a/1 April 1999
Costa Rica30 August 1974--
Cuba-2 November 1994 p/1 June 1995
Czech Republic b/-30 September 1993 d/1 January 1993
Dominican Republic-23 December 1977 a/1 August 1988
Egypt-6 December 1982 p/1 August 1988
Ghana5 December 19747 October 19751 August 1988
Guinea-23 January 1991 a/1 August 1991
Hungary14 June 197416 June 19831 August 1988
Mexico-21 January 1988 a/1 August 1988
Moldova-28 August 19971 March 1998
Mongolia14 June 1974--
Nicaragua13 May 1975--
Norway 1/11 December 197520 March 19801 August 1988
Paraguay-18 August 2003 a1 March 2004
Poland14 June 197419 May 19951 December 1995
Romania-23 April 1992 a/1 November 1992
Russian Federation c/14 June 1974--
Slovakia b/-28 May 1993 d/1 January 1993
Slovenia-2 August 1995 p/1 March 1996
Uganda-12 February 1992 a/1 September 1992
Ukraine14 June 197413 September 19931 April 1994
United States of America-5 May 1994 a/1 December 1994
Uruguay-1 April 19971 November 1997
Yugoslavia-12 March 2001 d/27 April 1992 d/
Zambia-6 June 1986 p/1 August 1988

Parties: 25

+/ The Convention was concluded in equally authentic Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish texts. On 11 August 1992, the Secretary-General, in accordance with a request of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, circulated a proposal for the adoption of an authentic Arabic text of the Convention. No objections having been raised, the Arabic text was deemed adopted on 9 November 1992 with the same status as that of the other authentic texts referred to in the Convention.

**/ In accordance with article XI of the Protocol, the Contracting Parties to the amended Convention are considered to be also Contracting Parties to the unamended Convention in relation to any Contracting Party to the unamended Convention not yet a Contracting Party to the 1980 Protocol, unless the depositary is notified to the contrary.

a/ The Convention had been signed by the former German Democratic Republic on 14 June 1974, ratified by it on 31 August 1989 and entered into force on 1 March 1990.

b/ The Convention was signed by the former Czechoslovakia on 29 August 1975 and an instrument of ratification was deposited on 26 May 1977, with the Convention entering into force for the former Czechoslovakia on 1 August 1988. 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.

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 acceded to the Convention on 27 November 1978. Reference C.N.253.2001.TREATIES-1 (Depositary Notification) regarding Yugoslavia: Succession, states: "The Secretary-General of the United Nations, acting in his capacity as 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 signature, Norway declared, and confirmed upon ratification, that in accordance with article 34 the Convention would not govern contracts of sale where the seller and the buyer both had their relevant places of business within the territories of the Nordic States (i.e. Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Sweden).


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