The CISG in Denmark and Danish Courts

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In this article the author explores key aspects of Denmark’s reception and implementation of the 1980 United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sales of Goods (CISG). Placing the treaty within its larger private law context, the author explains the complexity and confusion created by Denmark’s refusal to ratify Part II of the Convention that regulates sales contract formation. The author then proceeds to investigate Denmark’s obligation to have regard to the international character of the Convention and the need to promote uniformity in its application, underlying the problematical relationship between these international obligations and the Danish judicial tradition of formulating premises so brief that they shed little light on the decision’s underlying rationale ( ratio decidendi ). Following analysis and critique of three Danish CISG court judgments
which help illustrate these propositions, the author proposes corrective steps designed to further a more international (and less parochial) approach to the CISG.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNordic Journal of International Law
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)295-320
Number of pages26
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Bibliographical note

Professor Lookofsky is a native of New York, USA, where he studied American law (J.D. New York University) and became a Member of the New York State Bar. He began his professional career as in-house legal counsel for United Artists Corporation. He came to Denmark in 1973, studied Danish law (cand.jur. 1981 University of Copenhagen), and joined the University Law Faculty in 1981. He defended his doctoral (dr.jur.) thesis (Comparative Law in Comparative Context) in 1989 and was appointed to his chair in the Law of Obligations in 1992.

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