Dr Djakhongir Saidov of Birmingham Law School speaking at the UN Sales Convention in Basel

On 29-30 January 2015, Dr Djakhongir Saidov participated in an international conference on ‘35 Years CISG and Beyond’ which took place at the University of Basel, Switzerland.

The Conference was organised by the University of Basel, SVIR/SSDI (Swiss Association for International Law) and the United Nations Commission on the International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). The focus of the Conference was on topical issues relating to the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) and other international commercial law themes, in connection with the Convention’s 35 year anniversary.

Dr Saidov was invited to give a presentation on ‘The Reservation from the Freedom of Form Principle under the CISG: The Case of Russia’. He explored the problems surrounding the meaning and effect of the Convention’s Article 96 reservation and the extent to which this reservation by the Russian Federation impacts on the Convention’s aspiration of uniform application, on international trade and on Russia itself.

On 31 January and 1 February 2015, Dr Saidov also took part in the meetings of the CISG Advisory Council (CISG-AC). Dr Saidov acts as a Reporter to the CISG-AC. His draft Opinion on ‘Conformity of Goods, Public Law Regulations and Standards Affecting the Use of the Goods’ was considered and discussed by the CISG-AC on 1 February.