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International Commercial Law (Advanced)


Disclaimer: This course has been updated to the best of our knowledge at the current time of publishing. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic and the fluctuating changes in lock down regulations all information contained within this course description are subject to change up to 1 September 2021.
Due to the uncertainty of the Covid 19 virus after 1 September 2021, changes to the course description can only be made in the event of strict necessity and only in the circumstances where the interests of the students are not impinged. Should there be a need for any change during the duration of the course, this will be informed to all students on a timely basis and will not be to the prejudice of students. Modifications after 1 September 2021 may only be done with the approval and consent of the Faculty Board.


The course deep-dives into various issues that are crucial for a good understanding of international business law. It includes various topics relevant for transnational commerce, ranging from international commercial sales, carriage, agency, insurance to payment and securities. The course prepares students both for work in international business and for the master's thesis. It deals with transnational commerce in an integrated way by combining and building on the topics covered in the 1st semester courses on Private International Law, International Contract Law and International Property Law. Moreover, this course includes a dedicated paper writing experience which prepares students for the high standards applied to the master's thesis.


Programme Coordinator LLM (Adv) International Civil and Commercial Law Office for International Education / Leiden Law School E:




Lectures and paper assignments (combined with online components if necessary).


The course grade consists of a written exam.
The course grade should be at least 5,5 in order to complete the course successfully.

There will be one retake (100%) substituting all previous assessments. It will be up to the discretion of the examiner to decide on the form of the retake.


Full degree in law granting access to the legal profession (or equivalent).