15.01 Not surprisingly, providing a succinct definition of validity is not an easy task. In the context of the CISG, matters of validity can be understood as those where a contract is void ab initio. This may occur by operation of law, or operate retroactively by virtue of a legal act of the state. It may furthermore occur in circumstances where parties are given the opportunity to rescind the contract for reasons based on defects in the contracting process, such as mistake or duress, or because of special provisions protecting the class of persons to which they...
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