0126 Introduction to the Law of International Commerce and International Private Law
Prof.Dr. Bernhard A. Koch
  • LV-Typ
  • Semesterstunden
  • Unterrichtssprache
25.09.2019 bis 05.11.2019
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Hinweise zur LV
Planpunkt(e) Master
Wochentag Datum Uhrzeit Raum
Freitag 15.11.2019 12:00 - 17:00 D4.0.022
Samstag 16.11.2019 09:00 - 14:30 D3.0.225
Freitag 29.11.2019 12:00 - 17:00 D4.0.022
Samstag 30.11.2019 09:00 - 14:30 D3.0.225
Freitag 20.12.2019 12:00 - 14:00 TC.1.02

Inhalte der LV

The class will analyze private law problems of cross-border transactions, starting with a brief introduction to the differences of legal systems and advantages and challenges of forum shopping. Harmonization of private law is the next topic, dealing more specifically inter alia with the examples of the UN Sales Convention, the Unidroit Principles of International Commercial Contracts and the Incoterms. Past and current efforts of harmonizing contract law within the EU will also be presented. Selected aspects of contract law will be discussed from the perspective of various national systems as well as the Sales Convention, the Principles of European Contract Law, and the Unidroit Principles of International Commercial Contracts. The second half of the class will be devoted to conflicts of laws that may arise in business settings, and how the Rome I and II Regulations resolve these.

Lernergebnisse (Learning Outcomes)

On successfully completing the course, students will understand the basics of cross-border contracting and in particular problems of conflict of laws (Internationales Privatrecht). The Convention on the International Sale of Goods (UN-Kaufrecht) will be compared to other international instruments.

Regelung zur Anwesenheit

Students are supposed to attend at least 75% of all classes. Bear in mind that this class will meet on only four days!  Any further absence will only be tolerated if the student can provide a reasonable justification supported by written evidence (e.g. medical attestation).


Lecture following Powerpoint slides with active participation of the students.

Leistung(en) für eine Beurteilung

There will be two written multiple-choice quizzes at the end of each weekend (Saturday early afternoon, worth 15% each towards the final grade) and one written final exam, the latter counting 70% towards the final grade. Details will be explained in class. Active participation.


1 Autor/in: Thiede/Koch/Ortner (eds.)

Internationales Privat- und Verfahrensrecht/Conflict of Laws

Verlag: Jan Sramek Verlag
Auflage: 5 (or newer)
Jahr: 2018
Prüfungsstoff: Ja
Diplomprüfungsstoff: Nein
Empfehlung: Stark empfohlen (aber nicht absolute Kaufnotwendigkeit)
Art: Buch
2 Autor/in: Jud/Aspöck
Titel: Internationales Privatrecht

Verlag: LexisNexis
Auflage: 3
Jahr: 2015
Prüfungsstoff: Ja
Diplomprüfungsstoff: Nein
Empfehlung: Referenzliteratur
Art: Skriptum
3 Autor/in: Lurger/Melcher
Titel: Bürgerliches Recht VII: Internationales Privatrecht

Verlag: Verlag Österreich
Auflage: 2
Jahr: 2017
Prüfungsstoff: Ja
Diplomprüfungsstoff: Nein
Empfehlung: Referenzliteratur
Art: Buch

Teilnahmevoraussetzung(en) und Vergabe von Wartelistenplätzen

Students are expected to understand basic concepts of contract law. 

Empfohlene inhaltliche Vorkenntnisse

Basic knowledge of contract law

Erreichbarkeit des/der Vortragenden

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Materials for both weekends are available for download under "Learning activities" in the "Study & Practice" section.

Detailinformationen zu einzelnen Lehrveranstaltungseinheiten

Einheit Datum Inhalte
1 15.11.2019

Introduction, harmonization of private law (presentation of key players and important achievements so far)

2 16.11.2019

Selected aspects of contract law in a comparative perspective

3 29.11.2019

Conflict of laws I (introduction, contract conflicts)

4 30.11.2019

Conflict of laws II (contract conflicts ctd, tort law and unjust enrichment, property law)

5 20.12.2019

Final exam

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