Fall 2019 Course Schedule

Intl Contracts & Sales (LAW-973-001)
David Snyder

Meets: 01:30 PM - 02:50 PM (TuTh) - Warren - Room N103

Enrolled: 20 / Limit: 40

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This course covers many facets of the international commercial sales of goods. It is meant to be realistic and practical, and for that reason it includes comparative law as well as international law. 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. 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

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The required course book is International Transactions in Goods: Global Sales in Comparative Context by Martin Davies and David V. Snyder (Oxford University Press 2014, ISBN 9780195388183). In addition, you will need to consult the CISG with great frequency, as well as other sources of law, such as UCC Articles 1 and 2. The legal sources are accessible through the Internet and are generally short enough that you can print a copy if you want. Students generally find that they can get what they need from statutory supplements that they already own (e.g., from the Contracts course) and/or from the Internet, and that they therefore do not need to buy any other books.

First Class Readings

Before the first class, please read the Preface (pp. xvii-xx) and the first part of Chapter 1 (pp. 1-22) in International Transactions in Goods: Global Sales in Comparative Context by Martin Davies and David V. Snyder.


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