Fall 2013 Course Schedule

Intl Sales (LAW-973-001)

Meets: 01:30 PM - 02:50 PM (MW) - Room 527

Enrolled: 9 / Limit: 14

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This course covers many facets of international commercial sales of goods. The focus of the course is the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (Vienna 1980), generally known as the CISG, with comparisons to domestic systems in both the common law (especially Uniform Commercial Code Article 2) and the civil law (most notably in the French and German systems). The class also covers the payment and credit terms typical in such sales, with particular attention to the laws and practices relating to letters of credit, as well as some treatment of security interests or reservation of title. In addition, the course addresses transportation of the goods and the risk of loss. The course emphasizes not only the different rules of domestic and international law but also the varying legal cultures, attitudes, and perspectives of the lawyers and businesses who participate in these transactions, as well as the commercial realities of doing business in multiple countries.

Textbooks and Other Materials

The textbook information on this page was provided by the instructor. Students should use this information when considering purchases from the AU Campus Store or other vendors. Students may check to determine if books are currently available for purchase online.

You do not need to buy any materials for this class. What you need is posted for free on myWCL. The coursebook is a draft of my forthcoming book, co-authored with Prof Martin J. Davies. Supplementary materials are also posted on myWCL. More information is in the syllabus.

First Class Readings

For the first class, please prepare through page 29 of Chapter 1 (stop before the heading “A variation to the transaction”). As noted in the syllabus, there are some formatting problems in some of the sample documents in the first assignment. I wanted you to have some feel for what real documents look like even though I cannot reproduce them correctly until the book is professionally typeset. Do not worry about anything you cannot read; what you need is easily legible. Thankfully, almost all of the formatting problems are confined to this one assignment.

Please also read the syllabus before the first class.


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