Course Information
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
Course ID100001676

Programme of Study: UPS School of Law (2015-today)

Registered students: 12
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Unified OrientationElective CoursesWinter-4

Class Information
Academic Year2016 – 2017
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours2
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
General Prerequisites
In order to be able to follow the course the students should have a good understanding of the contract law of their own legal system.
Learning Outcomes
The aim of the course is to provide the students with knowledge on the basic principles of contract law, as set forth in the various drafts on the unification of contract law in Europe, which derive from European law legislation on the one hand, and from comparative analysis of the law of national legal systems on the other hand. Students will also acquire knowledge on the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG). Students who attend the course successfully should be able to discuss contract law questions (using correct terminology) and evaluate alternative regulations on contract law issues, while they will be also acquainted on all current developments in the field.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course consists of three parts: In the introductory part, the student will be acquainted with the history of the discussion on the unification of Contract Law in Europe as well as with the debate on its importance. The first main part (general part) deals with fundamental issues on the conclusion and performance of contracts (such as pre-contractual liability, mistake, misrepresentation and fraud, unfair clauses, remedies in case of breach of contract and unforeseen change of circumstances). The analysis relies both on comparative law and on EU legislation on relevant issues. This provides a solid basis in order to proceed critically to the approach adopted in the Principles of European Contract Law (PECL) and in the Draft Common Frame of Reference (DCFR). Brief reference is also made to the Unidroit Principles of International Commercial Contracts 2010. The second main part (general part) is dedicated to the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG)discusses special Sales Law issues. The analysis is enriched with reference to the Proposal for a Regulation on a Common European Sales Law.
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • course materials in moodle
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Possible use of PPT during the lectures. Course materials will be provided in moodle Email communication with students.
Course Organization
Written assigments251
Students' presentations190.8
Student Assessment
The performance of students is assessed with examinations, which take place at the end of the semester. Students' essays and presentation are also taken into consideration.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Summative)
  • Students' presentations (Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
1. von Bar, Christian/Eric Clive (eds), Draft Common Frame of Reference (Full Edition). Principles, Definitions and Model Rules of European Private Law, Vol 1-3, Munich: Sellier, 2009 2. Beale, Hugh/Bénédicte Fauvarque-Cosson/Jacobien Rutgers/Denis Tallon/Stefan Vogenauer, Cases, Materials and Text on Contract Law, Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2010 3. Fauvarque-Cosson, Bénédicte/Denis Mazeaud, European Contract Law: Materials for a Common Frame of Reference Sellier Munich 2008 4. Kadner, Graziano Thomas, Comparative contract law: cases, materials and exercises, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2009 5. Lando, Ole/Hugh Beale, Principles of European Contract Law, Dordrecht/Boston: Nijhoff, 2000 6. K. Zweigert/H. Kötz, An Introduction to Comparative Law (transl. T. Weir), 3rd ed. Oxford: Carendon Press 1998 Further bibliography will be provided for special issues.
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