Hong Kong Department of Justice issues consultation paper on the proposed application of the CISG

Hong Kong's status under the CISG is not clear-cut and courts from different jurisdictions have reached different conclusions on whether Hong Kong can be considered a "Contracting State" territory under Art. 1(1)(a) CISG, see the relevant Article-by-Article-section in this regard and the broader information on Hong Kong in the CISG-by-jurisdiction-section.

On 2 March 2020, the Hong Kong Department of Justice commenced a public consultation on the proposed application of CISG to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region by issuing a comprehensive Consultation Paper, accompanied by a Press Release.


The consultation paper addresses pros and cons of applying the CISG to the Hong Kong SAR and poses specific questions to the legal and business community.

Members of the community are invited to submit their views on the Proposed Application on or before September 30, 2020. Comments should be send to the International Law Division (Treaties & Law Unit) in the following ways: by post, to International Law Division (Treaties & Law Unit), 7/F, Main Wing, Justice Place, 18 Lower Albert Road, Central, Hong Kong; by fax at 3918 4791; or by email at ild@doj.gov.hk.