LAW 5858: International Sales Seminar
The seminar will consider the international law applicable to cross-border sales transactions involving a U.S. party. We will focus primarily on the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (“CISG”), supplemented by study of the Principles of International Commercial Contracts of the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT). The course emphasizes approaching these texts from an international perspective and employing new research resources that have developed in the area of international commercial law. No background beyond familiarity with general contract law is required, although the course on Commercial Transactions in Goods and/or the course on International Business Transactions would be useful preparation. In the first part of the course we will explore the substantive provisions of the CISG and UNIDROIT Principles, including discussion of applicability, contract formation, obligations of quality, avoidance of contract, risk of loss; exemption for failure to perform; and remedies for breach. The remainder of the course will be devoted to presentations by students on their paper topics.