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Fall 2020

Course Description
The course will provide the students an overview of the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts and CISG (Convention on International Sales of Goods) as main bodies of law in international commercial transactions. Starting from the differences between the two instruments and then focusing on the elements of contract formation, rights & obligations, and remedies & damages under both regimes. Both Unidroit and CISG depart from a compromise between common law and civil law to promote commerce and transit of capital around the globe. However, the differences on contract law make the application of these two challenging on every jurisdiction. Through the course, the students will evaluate the UNIDROIT and CISG not only from the International law perspective but also from different jurisdictions and legal regimes. The goal is for the students gain rigorous training in reading, interpreting and applying their provisions. Objective that will allow future attorneys to negotiate contracts, draft international contracts or litigate any possible dispute of an international contract.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
08-17-2020 - 11-17-2020   T  4:10 PM-5:50 PM F200

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered once every academic year

Course Information

Credits: 2
Pass/Fail Option: No
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Final exam composed of two parts: 2 essays about issues discussed in class and a contract to be drafted during the exam. (Exam has to be at least 3 hours)
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Special Attributes: None
Course Delivery:
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s):
Business & Taxation - Specialized
Government & Regulation - Related
International & Comparative Law - Specialized
Bar Subject(s): None
Concentration(s): None
Course Book(s): TBD/None      
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: We will start the discussion about international contract law, particularly in the world of international sales. Also, we will focus our discussion on the principle of harmonization and the principle of unification of international sales law. Therefore, read the article about the "Guiding role of the CISG & PICC in harmonizing international contract law".

    Additional Information:
    You will also be able to find the Syllabus, the class schedule and materials on BlackBoard.

  • Assignment: ***Please disregard this one***

    Additional Information:
    You will be able to find the Syllabus, the class schedule, assignments and other materials on BlackBoard.



Contact Information:
Phone: (305)284-1154
Office: A316B