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2024/2025  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
Max. participants 50
Study board
Study Board for BSc/MSc in Business Administration and Commercial Law, BSc
Course coordinator
  • Peter Arnt Nielsen - Department of Business Humanities and Law (BHL)
This course complies with the following Nordic Nine Values at CBS:
#1 You have deep business knowledge placed in a broad context;
#2 You are analytical with data and curious about ambiguity;
#3 You recognise humanity’s challenges and have the entrepreneurial knowledge to help resolve them;
#4 You are competitive in business and compassionate in society;
#5 You understand ethical dilemmas and have the leadership values to overcome them;
#6 You are critical when thinking and constructive when collaborating;
#7 You produce prosperity and protect the prosperity of next generations;
#8 You grow by relearning and by teaching others to do the same; and
#9 You create value from global connections for local communities
Main academic disciplines
  • Business Law
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 07-02-2024

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Learning objectives
Obtain profound knowledge of international commercial litigation and arbitration as well as choice of law for contracts and the regulation of international sales of goods. Ability to negotiate and perform international contracts and participate in litigation and arbitration.
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
The number of registered candidates for the make-up examination/re-take examination may warrant that it most appropriately be held as an oral examination. The programme office will inform the students if the make-up examination/re-take examination instead is held as an oral examination including a second examiner or external examiner.
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

Content and structure


This course create value from global connections for local communities, as Nordic businnessses – as other businesses – operate on the global market, including the EU. It is therefore essential for businesses to have a profound knowledge of international businesss law and international law, which sets the legal framework for international contracts and international dispute settlement through arbitration and litigation. Students in this course will learn how to ensure that businesses comply with commercial EU law and international commercial law in order to enter into, perform and if necessary enforce international commercial contracts


International Commercial Law is taught in English, and the legal texts and the literature used are in English.


Due to globalisation, it is essential for commercial lawyers and managers to acquire a thorough knowledge of international contract law and international commercial arbitration and litigation. 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 and Litigation in order to enable students to negotiate, draft and perform international contracts on outsourcing and sale of goods and provision of services and to enable students to solve disputes arising out of international commercial contracts through arbitration and litigation.


The first part of the course focuses on dispute settlement through international litigation and commercial arbitration. Emphasis is on different forms of arbitration (ad hoc and institutional arbitration), the drafting of arbitration agreements, the lex arbitri, 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, the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules, and the New York Convention on Recognition and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards. For litigation, the legislative basis is the EU legislation on international jurisdiction and recognition and enforcement of judgments (the Brussels I Regulation) and the Hague Judgments Conventions from 2005 and 2019.


The second part of the course focuses on International Contract Law, including the negotiation process, the drafting of contracts, choice of law for the contract, 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 (the CISG) and the EU legislation on choice of law for international contracts (the Rome Convention and the Rome I Regulation) as well as principles of international contract law (the Unidroit Principles for International Commercial Contracts and the Principles of European Contract Law).




Lectures, including exercises and cases. During lectures, the general rules and principles will be explained. The purpose of the exercises and cases, which are integrated into all lectures, 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, including discussions, exercises, cases, and a voluntary home assignment (last year's exam paper).
Feedback during the teaching period
Discussions, exercises and cases in pairs, and a voluntary home assignments (last year's exam paper).
Student workload
Lectures 33 hours
Preparation for classes 126 hours
Exams 47 hours
Expected literature

Recommended literature (subject to change if new editions):


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 (240 pages).


Joseph Lookofsky, Understandig the CISG, 6. ed 2022, ISBN 9788757449181, (paperback), Djøf Publishing. All chapters, except ch. 3 and ch. 9.


Michael Bogdan and Pertegas Sender, Concise Introduction to EU Private International Law, 4rd ed, 2019, ISBN 9789089522085 (paperback), Europa Law Publishing. Chapters 1, 3 and 7 (90 pages).


Articles on Canvas (60 pages).


The required readings are approximately 500 pages.


Last updated on 07-02-2024