0095 Introduction to the Law of International Commerce and International Private Law
Prof.Dr. Bernhard A. Koch
  • LV-Typ
  • Semesterstunden
  • Unterrichtssprache
24.09.2020 bis 16.10.2020
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Wochentag Datum Uhrzeit Raum
Dienstag 20.10.2020 14:00 - 16:00 Online-Einheit

Ablauf der LV bei eingeschränktem Campusbetrieb

In case the class cannot meet in person due to restrictions in force, the entire class will be held online, including the quizzes and the final exam. A first live online session presenting the course structure and key aspects is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, October 20, 2 p.m.-4 p.m. During this first real-time class, three further live online sessions will be scheduled jointly with the students in order to avoid overlaps and conflicts with other classes to the extent possible. Between the live sessions, students will be required to watch recordings of offline sessions that will present the essence of the subjects covered. The afore-mentioned further live sessions will give further details, discuss case examples and give opportunity for questions and feedback. The quizzes will be held after the second and after the fourth live session. The final exam will be a combination of essay questions and - if held online - be open-book.

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 in particular 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: Zöchling-Jud/Aspöck

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. Should the class be held online, video recordings of presentations will also be put online.

Detailinformationen zu einzelnen Lehrveranstaltungseinheiten

Einheit Datum Inhalte
1 06.11.2020

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

2 07.11.2020

Selected aspects of contract law in a comparative perspective

3 20.11.2020

Conflict of laws I (introduction, contract conflicts)

4 21.11.2020

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

5 04.12.2019

Final exam (or on one of the two following Fridays should students so decide)

6 11.12.2020

Alternative date for the final exam

7 18.12.2020

Alternative date for the final exam

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