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Travaux préparatoires are materials documenting how a treaty was drafted, similar to the way legislative history materials document how a statute was drafted. Decision makers routinely draw on travaux préparatoires when interpreting treaties.
UNCITRAL provides basic CISG travaux préparatoires:
Pace provides much more detailed travaux préparatoires:
Pace- Legislative History: 1980 Vienna Diplomatic Conference
Extensive material documenting CISG's drafting, plus citations to materials documenting its ratification or rejection by individual states. Some materials require a free account to access- sign up for one if prompted.
Pace- Antecedents to the CISG
Information on two earlier treaties that CISG derives from, the Convention Relating to a Uniform Law on the Formation of Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (ULF) and the Convention Relating to a Uniform Law on the International Sale of Goods (ULIS.)
Pace- Annotated Text of CISG
Browse legislative history materials by CISG article, including notes matching up CISG sections with the equivalent sections in antecedent treaties.
Finally, the library owns a print history of the CISG drafting process: