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International Commercial Law (Advanced)


Disclaimer: Should there be any future extenuating circumstances which may impinge our teaching and assessment, these could necessitate modification of the course descriptions after 1 September. This will only happen in the event of strict necessity and the interests of the students will be taken into account. Should there be a need for any change during the course, this will be informed to all students on a timely basis. Modifications after 1 September 2023 may only be done with the approval and consent of the Faculty Board and Programme Director.


The course examines in more depth various issues that are crucial for a good understanding of international commercial law. It includes various topics relevant for transnational commerce, e.g. international commercial sales, the role played by uniform rules and other harmonising instruments, and the various stages of a commercial transaction (such as contracts of carriage, methods of payment and factors to take into account when drafting contracts) 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 Moot Court, in which the students will be able to demonstrate and apply their knowledge of international commercial law in written and oral submissions and thereby also hone their advocacy skills.


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




Lectures, seminars and participating in a moot court.


Mandatory Moot Court preparation and participation (pass/fail).

The course grade consists of a written exam (100% of final grade).

In order to complete the course successfully, students must obtain at least a 5.5 final grade for the written exam and should pass the Moot Court. Students who fail the Moot Court will be required to submit a new paper in preparation for a moot court session and/or present oral arguments in a role assigned by the lecturer (which role is not necessarily the same as the one previously assigned).

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).