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Course Overview

When international commercial lawyers work with contracts, those contracts often engage parties from multiple countries with differing legal perspectives on how to interpret that same singular contract. This course is designed to enable commercial lawyers to understand how various legal traditions provide their own unique perspectives on a variety of contractual issues. The course will explore how different aspects of contract law can lead to unexpected differences or similarities across national legal cultures, enabling an international commercial lawyer to coordinate those issues for their clients. The course will focus on a variety of European legal systems, with additional discussions drawn from transnational contract law instruments such as the Principles of European Contract Law and the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods.


Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Peter Cserne

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Law (LS)
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


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Course Description

Comparative Contract Law for International Transactions is a course designed for students to enable them to successfully draft and negotiate contracts in a transboundary setting. The course covers a range of comparative contract law issues primarily from the perspective of drafting, negotiating, the principles used by courts to interpret and regulate contracts, and the consequences of breach. It engages multiple legal traditions from both the common law and civil law traditions, as well as providing introductions to transnational contract law instruments.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University week s 10, 12, 14, 16, 18

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Summative Assessments

2x 3000 word essays (50% each)

Resit: same

Alternative Resit Arrangements

Resit failed element in same format

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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