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030455 KU CISG at 40 - Course on Transnational Commercial Law (in cooperation with UNCITRAL) (2020W)

2.00 ECTS (1.00 SWS), SPL 3 - Rechtswissenschaften
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung


Hinweis: Ihr Anmeldezeitpunkt innerhalb der Frist hat keine Auswirkungen auf die Platzvergabe (kein "first come, first served").


max. 40 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

This course is compulsory for the participants of the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot.

Course material will be uploaded on Moodle.


Thursday 15/10/2020, 15.00 - 18.00, U10 - The United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Goods -
Topic 1

Guest Speaker: Prof. Hiroo Sono, Hokkaido University, on "Obligations of the Seller" (recorded remarks)
José Angelo Estrella Faria (in person)

Friday, 16/10/2020, 16.00 - 19.00, U10 - The United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Goods -Topic 2

Guest Speaker: Prof. Alejandro Garro, Columbia University, on "Force Majeure and Hardship as an excuse for non-performance under the CISG" (by video conference)
José Angelo Estrella Faria (in person)

Monday, 19/10/2020, 16.00 - 19.00, U10 - The CISG as a backbone of Transnational Commercial Law - Topic 3

Guest Speakers:
Prof. Ingeborg Schwenzer, Zürich University, on "The CISG@40 - Quo vadis?" (by video conference)
Prof. Alexander Komarov, Russian Academy of Foreign Trade, on "The impact of the CISG in the development of Russian contract law and the application of the CISG in Russia"(by video conference)
Prof. Pilar Perales-Viscasillas, Carlos III University, Madrid, on "Extended scope of application of the CISG" (by video conference)
Prof. Jingxia SHI, School of Law, Renmin University of China (RUC), on "The impact of the CISG in the development of Chinese contract law" (by video conference)
Prof. Anna Veneziano, Deputy Secretary General, International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (Unidroit), on "The contribution of the CISG to the development of international contract law" (by video conference)
José Angelo Estrella Faria (in person)
Tuesday, 27/10/2020, 18.00 - 21.00, U11 - International rules and usages for bills of lading and letters of credit - Topic 5

Guest Speaker: Prof. Henry Gabriel, Elon University, on "Fraud exception and letters of credit" (by video conference)
José Angelo Estrella Faria (in person)

Thursday, 29/10/2020, 15.00 - 18.00, U10 - The law of the international carriage of goods by air, road and sea: an overview - Topic 4

Guest Speaker: Prof. Alexander von Ziegler, Zürich University, on "Right of control of the goods and stoppage in transit" (recorded remarks)
José Angelo Estrella Faria (in person)

  • Donnerstag 15.10. 15:00 - 18:00 Hybride Lehre
    Hörsaal U10 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, KG1
  • Freitag 16.10. 16:00 - 19:00 Hybride Lehre
    Hörsaal U10 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, KG1
  • Montag 19.10. 16:00 - 19:00 Hybride Lehre
    Hörsaal U10 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, KG1
  • Dienstag 27.10. 18:00 - 21:00 Hybride Lehre
    Hörsaal U11 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, KG1
  • Donnerstag 29.10. 15:00 - 18:00 Hybride Lehre
    Hörsaal U10 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, KG1


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

This course focuses on the fundamentals of transactional commercial law, its main areas of application, and the process of commercial law harmonisation: choice of harmonisation instrument and their respective advantages and disadvantages; harmonisation through specific binding instruments (CISG, Hague-Visby Rules and New York Conventions); harmonisation through contract and institutional rules; harmonisation through model laws; the future development of transnational commercial law.

The course offers an overview of both the general framework, policies and problems of transnational commercial law, as well as of the main international commercial law conventions, standard terms and uniform rules, so that the student gains a perception of the way transnational law comes into being and can be used by international legal practitioners to bridge the gap between different legal systems. The course will then introduce the main instruments of transnational law in three areas of international transactions (international contracts, transportation and international payments) and highlight the differences between the legal framework for international and domestic transactions.

The central element of the course is the analysis of the CISG. In cooperation with UNCITRAL, the course is included in the series of events to celebrate the CISG 40th anniversary. International guest speakers will participate in the course on 19th October and discuss key features and trends in the application of the CISG.

Structure and schedule of topics:
• Introduction to transnational commercial law; role of lex mercatoria; methods, process and tools of legal harmonisation; basic notions of conflicts of laws and international jurisdiction; the importance of choice of law and dispute settlement
• International sales contracts: key features of the CISG from a comparative law perspective; supplementary sources of international contract law and gap-filling in the CISG (choice of domestic law, UNIDROIT Principles, Incoterms)
• Overview of the law of the international carriage of goods by sea, as compared to carriage by road and sea, in particular as regards the liability of the carrier for loss or damage to the goods.
• International rules and usages for bills of lading and letters of credit in the context of documentary credit transactions supporting contracts for the international sale of goods

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Assessment will be on the basis of an essay/written take-home exam (50%) and performance in the class (50%).

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

The purpose of this course is to
• offer students an overview of the main challenges faced by lawyers in international legal practice and familiarize them with the notion of transnational commercial law,
• help students assess the main challenges in international commercial law practice and explain the connection between transnational commercial law and the rules on conflict of laws,
• enable students to understand how the various transnational commercial law instruments rleate to one another, and gain an insight into the way these instruments are developed, what are their driving forces and how are they used in practice,
• provide students with basic knowledge necessary about the main sources of law governing international transactions.


Lectures and case studies.


Course materials:
(If the links don't work, please copy and paste them into your Internet browser.)

United Nations Conventions on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods https://www.uncitral.org/pdf/english/texts/sales/cisg/V1056997-CISG-e-book.pdf

UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts https://www.unidroit.org/english/principles/contracts/principles2010/integralversionprinciples2010-e.pdf

United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Carriage of Goods Wholly or Partly by Sea https://www.uncitral.org/pdf/english/texts/transport/rotterdam_rules/Rotterdam-Rules-E.pdf

International Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules of Law relating to Bills of Lading, as Amended by the Brussels Protocol 1968)(“The Hague-Visby Rules”) https://www.jus.uio.no/lm/sea.carriage.hague.visby.rules.1968/doc.html

United Nations Convention on Independent Guarantees and Stand-by Letters of Credit http://www.uncitral.org/pdf/english/texts/payments/guarantees/guarantees.pdf

Recommended textbook:

Goode/Kronke/McKendrick/Wool, Transnational commercial law, Oxford: University Press, 2007.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Fr 12.05.2023 00:12