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2021/2022  BA-BJURV1082U  International Commercial Law

English Title
International Commercial Law

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc/MSc in Business Administration and Commercial Law, BSc
Course coordinator
  • Peter Arnt Nielsen - CBS Law
Main academic disciplines
  • Business Law
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 10-02-2021

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Learning objectives
Obtain profound knowledge of international commercial arbitration and international sales of goods. Ability to negotiate international contracts and participate in arbitration proceedings.
The student must be able to in English to:
  • Explain International commercial legislation and case law;
  • Explain businesses’ legal position under international commercial law
  • Identify relevant international commercial problems and legal arguments on basis of complex materials;
  • demonstrate ability to deal with cases and demonstrate overview, insight and understanding;
  • Analyse problems in international commercial law and provide solutions on the basis of legal arguments and a critical evaluation;
  • Ability to combine various professional attitudes in connection with the analysis and make choices for the various, possible solutions; and
  • Present solutions and arguments in a systematic and coherent manner demonstrating overview, insight and understanding for the problems facing international businesses and the law regulating the sector.
Course prerequisites
Knowledge of commercial law is an advantage, but not a pre-requisite.
International Commercial Law:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Written sit-in exam on CBS' computers
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration 3 hours
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Winter
Aids Open book: all written and electronic aids, including internet access
Read more here about which exam aids the students are allowed to bring and will be given access to : Exam aids and IT application package
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
If the number of registered candidates for the make-up examination/re-take examination warrants that it may most appropriately be held as an oral examination, the programme office will inform the students that the make-up examination/re-take examination will be held as an oral examination instead.
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

Content and structure: International Commercial Law is taught in English, and the literature used is in English as this is the language the commercial lawyer or manager uses during international contract negotiations and international commercial arbitration. However, fluency in English is not required.

Due to globalisation, it is essential for commercial lawyers and managers to acquire a thorough knowledge of international contract law and international commercial arbitration. Furthermore, with this knowledge businesses will be able to put themselves into the best possible strategic position when negotiating, drafting and performing international contracts and when settling disputes arising out of such contracts.

The course objective is to provide students with a detailed knowledge of International Contract Law and International Commercial Arbitration in order to enable students to negotiate and draft international contracts on outsourcing and sale of goods and provision of services and to enable students to solve by means of arbitration disputes arising out of such international commercial contracts.

In the part dealing with international contracts, focus is on the negotiation process, the drafting of contracts, the performance of the contract, remedies for breach of contracts and dispute-settlement clauses such as choice-of-law clauses, jurisdiction agreements and arbitration agreements. The legislative basis is the United Nations Convention for the International Sales of Goods (CISG) and the lex mercatoria as expressed through principles of international contract law such as the Unidroit Principles for International Commercial Contracts (Unidroit Principles) and the Principles of European Contract Law (PECL).

In the second part dealing with international commercial arbitration, emphasis is on different forms of arbitration (ad hoc and institutional arbitration), the drafting of arbitration agreements, the conduct of arbitration proceedings, choice of law, invalidity of arbitral awards and recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards. The legislative basis is UNCITRAL’s Model Law for International Commercial Arbitration, UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules, the New York Convention on Recognition and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards and the rules of procedure of the most well-known international arbitration institutions.

Teaching: Lectures, seminars, exercises and cases. During lectures, an overview of the general rules and principles will be given. The purpose of seminars, exercises and cases is to discuss and apply the general rules and principles to real situations. Students are expected to be well-prepared and participate actively in class.

Description of the teaching methods
Lectures, discussions, presentations, negotiation exercise, arbitration exercise.

Part of the course will in fall 2020 consist of online activities.
Feedback during the teaching period
Cases, home assignments, quizzes, presentations, exercises, Q&A sessions in pairs and a written mock exam.
Student workload
Lectures 32 hours
Preparation for classes 126 hours
Exams 40 hours
Expected literature

Recommended literature (subject to change):


Magaret L. Moses, The principles and practice of international commercial arbitration, 3rd ed, 2017, ISBN 978-1-316-60628-5 (paperback), Cambridge University Press

All chapters except Chapter 11 (244 pages).


Clayton P. Gillette, Advanced introduction to International sales law, 2016

ISBN 978-1-78471-189-4 (paperback), Edward Elgar Publishing 

All chapters (131 pages).


Materials on Canvas


The required readings are approximately 500 pages.



Last updated on 10-02-2021