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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 contract formation and interpretation issues. The course will explore how different aspects of contract law can lead to unexpected differences or similarities across international legal cultures,

enabling an international commercial lawyer to be able to coordinate those issues for their clients. The course will focus on a variety of European legal systems, with additional discussions drawn from commercial systems in Asia and in the Americas.

Course Details

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

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

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

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • Master of Laws in International Law and Strategic Studies (Studied)
  • Diploma in Professional Legal Practice (Studied)
  • Master of Laws in International Law and International Relations (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


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, 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 East Asian and Sharia-based norms of contract law.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

4000 word essay (50%); 2 hour exam (50%).

Resit: 2 hour exam (50%), essay mark carried forward.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Feedback to be provided on submitted efforts, both at midterm and at final exam.

Course Learning Outcomes


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