The International Sale of Goods


M.G. Bridge, Cassel Professor of Commercial Law, London School of Economics and Professor of Law, National University of Singapore


This new edition of the leading authority on international aspects of sale of goods provides clear, comprehensive and detailed analysis of the subject. The unique dual coverage of contracts under English law and the CISG is a valuable benefit for those interested in all types of sale of goods contracts, including the sale of commodities such as grain and oil. The detailed commentary provides analysis on decided cases as well as on standard form contracts which represent evolving trade practice. 

In addition to matters of contract law, the book considers relevant property law, most notably addressing those issues arising out of the use of documents of title, such as marine bills of lading. The rights and duties of buyer and seller are explained in depth, and the relationship of sale contracts to other contracts, such as charter parties and letter of credit contracts, is rigorously examined. The book deals with issues of frustration and force majeure, the passing of property and risk, and remedies.

New to this edition are three separate chapters on the UN Convention on the International Sale of Goods (CISG) covering formation, performance and remedies for non-performance of the contract.

The law is explained in the context of commercial practice making the book an ideal reference source for practitioners, scholars and postgraduate students.

Key Features

  • The leading book on international sale of goods law
  • Provides a critical evaluation of the law in a commercial context which enables the reader to anticipate trends and changes in this area
  • Offers a unique, comprehensive dual focus on contracts governed by English law and those by the United Nations Convention on the International Sale of Goods (CISG)
  • Includes consideration of the standard forms used in practice

New to this edition

  • Coverage of the UN Convention on the International Sale of Goods (CISG) has almost doubled in length for this edition providing full comparison between these provisions and English law
  • Addresses the significant amount of case law generated by the CISG
  • Covers changes in regulation including the Rome I Regulation and the ICC Incoterms 2010


“It stands firmly as one of the best professional textbooks on the law of international sales. … The new edition is a great success. … Without any doubt, this book still retains its leading position in the literature of international sales law. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in the law of international sales.” – Qi Zhou, Journal of Business Law

Book Details

  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 3 edition (March 14, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199658250
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199658251


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