Section Description Provided by Instructor
The seminar focuses on the nature, function and sources of international commercial law, with particular emphasis on the complex structure of import/export transactions. Class readings and discussions are focused on international sales governed by the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods ("CISG"), including the study of its scope of application, rules for the interpretation of the CISG and other uniform texts; the relationship with the UNIDROIT Principles on International Commercial Contracts, and the perspectives of this uniform law on long-standing common-law doctrines of contracts such as the law on Considertion, the Statute of Frauds, Parol Evidence Rule, and the Perfect Tender Rule. ut
The focus of the seminar then turns to formation and modification of contracts, remedies for breach of contract (including specific performance and damages), and the law of excuses (including force majeure and hardship).
The final classes focus on the CISG but in the context of a larger and rapidly evolving body of multilateral treaties, model laws, national laws and "soft" rules dealing with dispute resolution, electronic communications, limitation periods, secured transactions, and insolvency.
T 4:20p - 6:10p
Method of Evaluation
J.D. Writing Credit
Maximum of 15 students, half of which enrolled in the JD degree and the other half in an LLM degree