Description du cours

Intitulé de l'Unité d'Enseignement

International commercial Law and Dispute Resolution

Code de l'Unité d'Enseignement


Année académique

2019 - 2020



Nombre de crédits


Nombre heures







Langue d'enseignement


Enseignant responsable


Objectifs et contribution de l'Unité d'Enseignement au programme

The aim of the course is to give an overview of international commercial law and dispute resolution to non-lawyers in order to provide a basic understanding of legal issues deriving from international commercial relations in view of (i) creating sensitivity for when and where legal problems arise; and (ii) the interaction with either internal and/or external legal support.

Specific Objectives in terms of theory

At the end of the course, the participants should be able to understand commercial structures and their connections with each other.

Specific Objectives in terms of know-how

At the end of the course, the participants should be able to work with and understand international contracts and solve disputes which may arise out of international transactions.

Specific Objectives in terms of professional conduct

The students are expected to attend all classes and to have an interactive attitude.

Discussions are encouraged.

Prérequis et corequis

Good notion of English language; general interest in international transactions.

Description du contenu

Part A - International Commercial Law and Dispute Resolution: Theory (30 h.)

• International business transactions;
• Negotiating international business transactions;
• International trading of goods;
• Technology transfers;
• Money and international business transactions;
• Governmental regulation of imports & exports & investments;
• Employment of people across national borders;
• The taking of foreign investments by governments;
• Immunity of states in commercial transactions;
• The act of State doctrine;
• Company structures;
• Dispute resolution (settlement: litigation and arbitration).

Part B – International Commercial Law and Dispute Resolution: Practice (30 h.)

• Case scenarios in relation to international commercial law under the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (“CISG”);
• Simulation of commercial relations and solving disputes arising out of commercial relations by means of negotiation, mediation, arbitration;
• Review and negotiation of distributorship, agency, license agreement;
• Practical considerations in relation to alternative dispute resolution;
• Drafting of dispute resolution clauses;
• Case scenarios in relation to international arbitration;
• Simulation of interaction between management and internal legal support of a company on one hand and external legal support on the other;
• Case scenarios in relation to international investment arbitration to the extent it relates to international commerce;
• Visit of one major international arbitration institution and/or court.

Méthodes pédagogiques

Teaching Method

Part A: International Commercial Law
Ex-cathedra, syllabus

Part B: International Dispute Resolution

Creative. Interactive. Case studies.
Reviewing and analyzing commercial contracts.

Excursion to an international institution or court.

Pedagogical Support

For the practice, the teaching material includes official documents from the CISG, BLEU and ICC as well as NY-Conventions and contracts. Furthermore, power point presentations will be uploaded on ICHEC Campus.

Mode d'évaluation

Formative evaluation

Part A: International Commercial Law
Part B: International Dispute Resolution

Alternatively, either oral examination or examination in writing (to be determined by the lecturers).
If oral examination: theoretical questions that evolve in practical sub-questions followed by practical case studies. The relevant materials (e.g. the CISG) will be provided.

Summative Evaluation

Oral examination

Références bibliographiques

• Dispute Settlement, International Commercial Arbitration Module 5.1; see;
• John O. Honnold, Uniform Law for International Sales under the 1980 United Nations Convention.