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International Commercial Law


Admission requirements



This English taught course offers a firm introduction to the core legal concepts of international trade and commerce and how they interact. The course deals with such topics as international sales, agency, carriage, insurance, trade financing, payment instruments and related topics. The lectures are aimed at giving a clear outline of the topic under discussion, enabling students to engage with the reading material and develop a structured view of private law doctrines of commerce and trade. We also practice with cases to prepare for the final exam and we offer a primer in contract drafting issues. The course devotes special attention to legal vocabulary, so students will feel slightly less uncomfortable with (the impossible task of) transposing legal constructs from one jurisdiction into another. By necessity, the course also takes a comparative legal perspective on commercial law. For that reason, we look at aspects of UK common law, USA law, German and French law, to the extent relevant for the subjects under discussion.

Course objectives

Achievement levels
Upon completion of the course, you are able to state, identify and apply, the relevant principles, rules and case law to a given case hypothetical, as well as offer a discussion and reasoned critique concerning the following subjects :

  • International commercial sales and the relevant uniform rules and rules of private international law

  • The law concerning agency, bailment and leasing

  • The law concerning the position of third parties in contract

  • The main principles of contracts for carriage by sea

  • The main principles of commercial insurance contract law

  • The main principles of financing of trade and commerce, including security interests, retention of title and receivables financing

  • The main principles of trust law and asset partitioning


The timetable of this course can be found in uSis.

Mode of instruction

This course consists of 10 lectures with theoretical instruction and case-based teaching.

Assessment method

Written exam: 3 hours. The assessment method will be practiced during the lectures.


More information on this course is offered in Blackboard.

Reading list

To be announced on Blackboard.


Students have to register for courses and exams through uSis.


  • Institute: Privaatrecht

  • Department: Private Law

  • Room number secretary: B2.43

  • Opening hours: 09.00-13.30

  • Telephone number secretary: +31 (0) 71 – 527 7400

  • Email:


Belangstellenden die deze cursus in het kader van contractonderwijs willen volgen (met tentamen), kunnen meer informatie vinden over kosten, inschrijving, voorwaarden, etc. op de website van Juridisch PAO. Let op dat er wel voldaan moet worden aan de toegangseisen.