Fall 2020 Course Schedule

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

Meets: 01:30 PM - 02:50 PM (TuTh)

Enrolled: 27 / 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 includes comparative as well as international law. The focus of the course is the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG), with comparisons to domestic systems in both the common law (especially UCC Article 2) and the civil law (mainly French and German systems). The class also covers typical payment and credit terms with particular attention 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).

First Class Readings

Before the first class, please go on Canvas (login at canvas.american.edu using your myAU credentials), read the syllabus, submit the questionnaire, and in addition, 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. Further information about the course may be found in the syllabus, which has been posted, and you will also want to read the Tips on the course home page. You will see that asynchronous material has been posted in the Module on Chapter 1; you can view it before or after the first class.