Universität Wien FIND

030533 KU International Sales Law under the CISG (2021W)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 3 - Rechtswissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 150 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

UPDATE 22.11.2021
Due to the current circumstances, the lecture will be held exclusively digitally from the 22nd of November until the end of this year. We hope to welcome you back in person in January and will do our best to provide you with the best possible support during this difficult time.

Tuesday 12.10. 16:00 - 18:00 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal U18 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, KG1
Thursday 21.10. 16:00 - 18:00 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal U17 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, KG1
Thursday 28.10. 16:00 - 18:00 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal U17 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, KG1
Wednesday 03.11. 16:00 - 18:00 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal U21 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, KG2
Thursday 11.11. 16:00 - 18:00 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal U17 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, KG1
Thursday 18.11. 16:00 - 18:00 Digital
Thursday 25.11. 16:00 - 18:00 Digital
Thursday 02.12. 16:00 - 18:00 Digital
Thursday 09.12. 16:00 - 18:00 Digital
Friday 10.12. 16:00 - 18:00 Digital
Thursday 13.01. 16:00 - 18:00 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal U17 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, KG1
Thursday 20.01. 16:00 - 18:00 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal U14 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, KG1


Aims, contents and method of the course

The goal of this class is to make students acquainted with the practical and legal problems of cross-border sales under the CISG. Participants acquire in-depth knowledge of international sales law and learn the structure, scope of application and substantive rules of the CISG, especially contrasting them with national sales law regulations.
Participating students should have a sound basis in a national civil law (any) and a good command of the English language (no other language is necessary). They should also have completed at least an introduction to Private International Law.

The method of this class is both abstract and problem-oriented: At first, the background will be covered by a general introduction to the topic, explaining the legal sources and their role. Thereafter, specific problems will be discussed with the participants, often with a practical background. Students will receive original texts and documents. Powerpoint will be used.

All classes will be held in English.

Assessment and permitted materials

Students will be assessed on the basis of a written exam and on the basis of their participation during the class, weighted 70% for the written exam and 30% for oral participation.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

In order to be successful in the exam, students must demonstrate that they
(1) have understood the techniques used for international business transactions,
(2) are familiar with the legal sources governing such transactions, and
(3) are able to solve legal problems that may occur in practice.
Only topics discussed in the class will be examined.
The grades will be based on the comprehensiveness, soundness and accuracy of the student’s answers. The quality of the English language will not affect the grade except where a lack of language skills leads to incomprehensible answers.

Examination topics

Only topics discussed in the class will be examined.

Reading list

For basic study:
• Schlechtriem/Schroeter, Internationales UN-Kaufrecht (2016)
• CISG Advisory Council Opinions: https://www.cisgac.com/opinions/

For in-depth information:
• Ball, beck.online.GROSSKOMMENTAR, CISG (Stand 1.8.2021, beck-online.beck.de)
• Bianca/Bonell, Commentary on International Sales Law (1987)
• Brunner/Gottlieb, Commentary on the UN Sales Law (CISG) (2019)
• Brunner, UN-Kaufrecht – CISG (2014)
• Grunewald, Münchener Kommentar zum HGB V (2021)
• Hau/Poseck, BeckOK BGB, CISG (Stand 1.8.2021, beck-online-beck.de)
• Honsell, Kommentar zum UN-Kaufrecht (2010)
• Kröll/Mistelis/Perales Viscasillas, UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (2019)
• Mankowski, Commercial Law (2019)
• Piltz, Internationales Kaufrecht (2008)
• Schlechtriem/Schwenzer/Schroeter, Kommentar zum UN-Kaufrecht (CISG) (2019)
• Schlechtriem/Schwenzer, Commentary on the UN Convention on the international sales of goods (CISG) (2016)
• Soergel, Kommentar zum BGB XI (2020)
• Staudinger, Kommentar zum BGB, CISG (2018)

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Last modified: Th 23.03.2023 00:13