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A pluralist approach to the Law of International Sales

dc.contributor.authorCoetzee, Juanaen_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2019-08-14T11:36:16Z
dc.date.available2019-08-14T11:36:16Z
dc.date.issued2017-04
dc.identifier.citationCoetzee, J. 2017. A pluralist approach to the Law of International Sales. Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal, 20(0):1-33, doi:10.17159/1727-3781/2017/v20i0a1355.en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn1727-3781 (online)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.17159/1727-3781/2017/v20i0a1355en_ZA
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/106362
dc.descriptionCITATION: Coetzee, J. 2017. A pluralist approach to the Law of International Sales. Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal, 20(0):1-33, doi:10.17159/1727-3781/2017/v20i0a1355.en_ZA
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at https://journals.assaf.org.za/index.php/peren_ZA
dc.description.abstractInternational trade can support economic development and social upliftment. However, people are often discouraged from contracting internationally due to differences in legal systems which act as a non-tariff barrier to trade. This article focuses on the private law framework regulating international contracts of sale. During the twentieth century, the problem of diverse laws was primarily addressed by global uniform law such as the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG). However, uniform law is rarely complete and has to be supplemented by national law, trade usage or party agreement. Because of gaps that exist in the CISG the Swiss government made a proposal for a new global contract law. But is this a feasible solution to the fragmentary state of international trade law? In Europe, signs of reluctance are setting in towards further harmonisation efforts. The Proposal for a Common European Sales Law (CESL) was recently withdrawn, and now Britain has voted to leave the European Union; rumour having it that more countries might follow. The current private law framework for international sales contracts consists of a hybrid system where international, national, state and non-state law function side by side. This article submits that universalism is not per se the most efficient approach to the regulation of international sales law and that economic forces require a more varied approach for business-to-business transactions. The biggest challenge, however, would be to manage global legal pluralism. It is concluded that contractual parties, the courts and arbitral tribunals can effectively manage pluralism on a case-by-case basis.en_ZA
dc.publisherASSAFen_ZA
dc.subjectInternational Salesen_ZA
dc.subjectLaw of International Salesen_ZA
dc.subjectGlobal legal pluralismen_ZA
dc.subjectContracten_ZA
dc.subjectInternational contractsen_ZA
dc.subjectInternational salesen_ZA
dc.subjectUnited Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goodsen_ZA
dc.subjectCISGen_ZA
dc.subjectGlobal contract lawen_ZA
dc.subjectInternational trade lawen_ZA
dc.titleA pluralist approach to the Law of International Salesen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
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