chapter  1
Introduction
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In an ideal world one law would be applicable to cover all transactions of a similar nature wherever they occur. This unfortunately is not the case, nor will it eventuate in the foreseeable future. Municipal interests and ‘sacred cows’ will always be stumbling blocks to the unification process. However international conventions in discrete areas of law are the ‘next best thing’ in the process of creating a global law. However even international conventions are not codes and hence do not cover a complete area of law. Domestic law is always needed to fill the resulting gaps. The unification process is curtailed as soon as domestic law needs to be applied. This book takes a hard look at the confluence of the spheres of influence of a convention and domestic laws.