29251 - International Contract Law

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SDGs

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Decent work and economic growth Industry, innovation and infrastructure Reduced inequalities Peace, justice and strong institutions

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course students will achieve knowledge of legal means concerning contracts in global markets, especially with regard to: - international, ultranational and transnational sources of law; - arbitral praxis regulating economical exchanges.

Students will be able to work professionally in the sector of international commerce, international business operations and activities, international entities, including no-profit organizations.

Course contents

Course is divided into three sections.

First section aims to illustrate international contracts sources: the new "lex mercatoria", Unidroit principles; international treaties (including EU Treaties), international conventions (including the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods, CISG), international private law, national law.

Second part is based on construction, interpretation and resolution of international and transnational contracts.

Third section is focused on specific international or transnational contracts and on the main differences between these ones and the national ones. Students will study different types and models of contract (including: factoring, franchising, leasing, and so on, but also ecommerce and electronic contracts).

Readings/Bibliography

1. F. GALGANO - F. MARRELLA, Diritto del commercio internazionale, Cedam, Padova, last ed., 2011 (excluding: Part I, Chapter 1; Part II, Chapter 11; Part III).

2. Attending students who analyse and illustrate, with an oral presentation in class, a specific topic concerning international contracts, selected by the teacher, may exclude also Part II, Chapters from 3 to 11, of the above-mentioned textbook.

Teaching methods

Traditional lectures, electronic devices and tools, seminars on specific topics.

Assessment methods

In place of the methods of the exams, in relation to the needs of these times related to the health emergency from Covid-19, it is established that the exams will consist of a written test. The student will be asked three open questions regarding international contracts which he will have to answer in 30 minutes.

Attending students who analyse specific topics with a presentation during the course, will be also evaluated during the oral exposition in class.

As for the gradation of the vote, expressed out of thirty, the following general criteria are used: Insufficient: 0-17 Insufficient and inadequate knowledge of the topics contained in the program, gaps in the program, overall incorrect language Sufficient: 18-20 Sufficient knowledge of the topics contained in the program and overall correct language Fair: 21-23 Fair knowledge of the topics contained in the program, fair ability to deepen and analyze some specific parts, overall correct language Good: 24-26 Good knowledge of the topics contained in the program, good in-depth and analysis skills on the different specific parts of the program, good analytical and critical skills, overall correct and technically adequate language Distinguished: 27-28 More than good knowledge of all the topics contained in the program, good in-depth and analysis skills on the different specific parts of the program, good connection skills between the different topics, good analytical and critical skills, overall correct and technically adequate language, with a good command of specific technical terminology Great: 29-30 Excellent knowledge of all the topics contained in the program, excellent ability to deepen and analyze the different specific parts of the program, excellent skills in connecting the different topics, excellent analytical and critical skills, overall correct and technically adequate language, with mastery more than good of the specific technical terminology Excellent: 30L Excellent knowledge of all the topics contained in the program, excellent ability to deepen and analyze the different specific parts of the program, excellent ability to connect between the different topics, excellent ability to analyze and criticize, overall correct and technically adequate language, with excellent mastery of specific technical terminology

Teaching tools

Cases of law (i.e.: EU Court of Justice's judgments); models of contracts; others teaching materials.

Office hours

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