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This course is intended for LL.M. and JD candidates who are interested in learning about commercial contracts in Today's globalized and increasingly interdependent commercial and legal world.


The curriculum for this course consists of three parts:

 Part I: This portion of the course provides a historical perspective of commercial contracts by studying the manner in which goods and services were exchanged-in a reciprocal but not necessarily contractual fashion- in the pre-commercial world.

 Part II: In this segment the course turns to the evolution of executory (essentially credit) promises in Roman, Medieval and Codified Law, in the European continent as well as in Latin American, Russia and China as well as in typical common law jurisdictions such as Great Britain and the United States.

 Part III: The final phase of this course is devoted to peculiar features of commercial contracts in selected jurisdictions. These jurisdictions have been selected as representative of each major legal system and legal cultures. The features selected for study are the formality, methods of interpretation and remedies pertaining to commercial contracts.


The primary goal of this curriculum is to provide students who are interested in pursuing careers as international commercial practitioners, researchers, and scholars with a basic (theoretical and practical) realistic or contextual understanding of the legal systems and cultures they will be dealing with.


Class notes in English, will be available at the UA Bookstore located in the Corleone Student Center.  

Course Format

Lectures and comparative case law discussions

Written Assignments

See comments.

Type of Exam

Choice of written, oral or substantial paper on a topic approved by the instructor. (See comments.)  

Basis for grading

This course is graded on the combined basis of the results of a final examination and class participation. Class participation can weigh as much as ten percent of the final grade.  

Additional Comments

Students interested in writing a substantial paper on a topic acceptable to the instructor, instead of a final examination, may do so with prior permission from the instructor.   

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