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030544 KU The Common Law of Contracts: The Great Cases (2019S)

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


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


max. 25 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Montag 06.05. 09:00 - 14:00 Seminarraum SEM31 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 3.OG
Montag 06.05. 14:00 - 17:00 Seminarraum SEM43 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 4.OG
Dienstag 07.05. 09:00 - 17:00 Seminarraum SEM64 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 6.OG
Mittwoch 08.05. 13:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum SEM52 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 5.OG
Donnerstag 09.05. 09:00 - 17:00 Seminarraum SEM61 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 6.OG
Freitag 10.05. 09:00 - 17:00 Seminarraum SEM33 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 3.OG


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

In modern common law jurisdictions, the law of contract is – despite many statutory additions – first and foremost case law. A body of law shaped through hundreds of years and thousands of judicial decisions, it underwent a comprehensive reformulation in the 19th century, coinciding with the economic and social change brought about by the industrial revolution. It was in the same period that the idea of “leading cases” was first formulated: cases that embody principles of the common law in exemplary fashion and thus help navigate the never-abating flood of new cases, and that are, therefore, particularly suitable for instruction – “lighthouses of the law, which never fail, are never dimmed, and are most visible in those times when the need for guide is most felt”. Since “Contracts” is one the most important courses of the core law school curriculum, the leading cases in the law of contracts shape the experience of every common lawyer and are part and parcel of modern common law culture.

The course aims to achieve two goals. First, this course will serve as an intense introduction to the substantive law of contracts in the modern common law. We will discuss cases primarily from England and Wales, but also from the Commonwealth and the US. Particularly for students without any prior exposure to the common law and the common law of contracts, this seminar will also provide valuable first insights into common law thinking and methodology. Second, the course also serves as a research seminar; students will have the opportunity to study and discuss individual leading cases in depth from various methodological perspectives – comparative, theoretical, and historical.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Students who take this course for credit will be assessed on the basis of
• A presentation in English during which students introduce and discuss one of the cases (or more – students may wish to contrast two cases or introduce an entire line of authority, where appropriate and upon consultation with the instructor). Presentations should be between 15 and 20 minutes long.
• A written English summary of your presentation (1000-1500 words), to be submitted by Wednesday, May 1, 17h.

See moodle for instructions as to how to choose and sign up for a case and for further instructions regarding the content of your presentation.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

The course will be hold in English (!) from the 6th to 10th of May 2019. Regular attendance is mandatory.


Presentation, cases and other subject matters as discussed in class, participation


To be announced via moodle.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Fr 06.05.2022 00:15