This English taught course offers a firm introduction to the core legal concepts of international trade and commerce and how they interact. The course deals with such topics as international sales, agency, carriage, insurance, trade financing, payment instruments and related topics. The lectures are aimed at giving a clear outline of the topic under discussion, enabling students to engage with the reading material and develop a structured view of private law doctrines of commerce and trade. We also practice with cases to prepare for the final exam and we offer a primer in contract drafting issues. The course devotes special attention to legal vocabulary, so students will feel slightly less uncomfortable with (the impossible task of) transposing legal constructs from one jurisdiction into another. By necessity, the course also takes a comparative legal perspective on commercial law. For that reason, we look at aspects of UK common law, USA law, German and French law, to the extent relevant for the subjects under discussion.
Upon completion of the course, you are able to state, identify and apply, the relevant principles, rules and case law to a given case hypothetical, as well as offer a discussion and reasoned critique concerning the subjects such as:
International commercial sales and the relevant uniform rules and rules of private international law
The law concerning agency, bailment and leasing
The law concerning the position of third parties in contract
The main principles of contracts for carriage by sea
The main principles of commercial insurance contract law
The main principles of financing of trade and commerce, including security interests, retention of title and receivables financing
The timetable of this course can be found in uSis.
Mode of instruction
This course consists of 10 lectures with theoretical instruction and case-based teaching.
Written exam (100%): 3 hours. The assessment method will be practiced during the lectures.
Regulation retake passed exams
In this course it is possible to retake an exam that has been passed (cf. art. 188.8.131.52 and further of the Course and Examination Regulations), on the condition that this course is included in the compulsory components of the degree program. Students who have passed the exam may retake the final written assessment (test) of the course if they meet certain requirements. To retake a passed exam, students need to ask the Student Administration Office (OIC) for permission. For more information, go to 'course and exam enrollment' > 'permission for retaking a passed exam' on the student website.
To be announced on Brightspace.
A block of seats will be reserved for exchange students and will be registered through the international office.
Students have to register for the lectures and working groups through uSis. With this registration you have access to the digital learning environment of this course in Brightspace. You may register up to 5 calendar days before the first teaching session begins.
Students have to register for exams and retakes through uSis. With this registration you also have access to the digital learning environment of this course in Brightspace You may register up to 10 calendar days before the exam or retake.
Department: Private Law
Room number secretary: B2.43
Opening hours: 09.00-13.30
Telephone number secretary: +31 (0) 71 – 527 7381