INTERNATIONAL SALE OF GOODS
Helen Hartnell
Fall Term 1994
Department of Legal Studies, Budapest
CENTRAL EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY




COURSE DESCRIPTION

Hours 1 - 2
CODIFICATION AND SOURCES OF THE LAW GOVERNING INTERNATIONAL SALE OF GOODS; SCOPE OF THE CISG

Historical Efforts to Unify the law Governing International Sale of Goods; UNIDROIT and the 1964 Hague Conventions (ULIS & ULF); UNICITRAL and the U.N. Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG); Application of the CISG (Introduction to Private International Law); Articles 1-3, 6-7, 10,92, 95 & 99 CISG

Read:
Hartnell, International Sale of Goods (40-59); background ( 14-40 & 60-66); problems 1.2 - 1.10

Hours 3 - 4
FORMATION OF CONTRACT
Formal (Writing) Requirements ( Articles 11, 12, 29 & 96 CISG); Offer (Article 14 CISG); Withdrawal & Revocation of Offers (Articles 15-16 & 22 CISG); Acceptance (Article 18 CISG); Conclusion of Contract (Article 23 CISG); Agency; CISG Suppletory Terms (Articles 6 & 8-9 CISG); "Open Price" Terms (Article 55 CISG)
Read:
Hartnell, International Sale of Goods (68 - 102); background (61-67 & 97-102); problems 2.1-2.8

Hours 5 - 6
FORMATION OF CONTRACT
"Battle of the Forms" (Article 19 CISG); Adhesion contracts (Article 19 CISG); Adhesion Contracts (Article 4 (a)CISG); UNIDROIT General Principles for International Commercial Contracts; Legal Effect of Precontractual Events
Read:
Hartnell, Internatinal Sale of Goods ( 103-116 & 124-132); Background (117-123); problems 2.9-2.16

Hour 6
SELLER'S PERFORMANCE OF THE CONTRACT: DELIVERY
Seller's Obligation to deliver (Article 19 & 30 - 32 CISG); International Chamber of Commerce INCOTERMS
Read:
Hartnell, International Sale of Goods ( 133-138 & 144-162); background (138-143 & 194-195); problems 3.1-3.4

Hours 7-8
SELLER'S PERFORMANCE OF THE CONTRACT: CONFORMITY OF THE GOODS
Quality of Goods (Warranty), Contract Warranties and Disclaimers ( Articles 35, 37 & 41-42 CISG); Inspection by Buyer & Notice of Defect (Article 39 & 43-44 CISG); Seller's Right to "Cure" (Article 34, 37, 48 & 74 CISG)

Read:
Hartnell, International Sale of Goods ( 162-195); problems 3.5-3.13

Hour 9
BUYER'S PERFORMANCE OF THE CONTRACT

Buyer's Obligation to Pay & Take Delivery ( Article 54, 57-60 CISG)

Read:
Hartnell, International Sale of Goods ( 188-199); problems 3.17-3.18

Hour 10
RISK OF LOSS & EXCUSED PERFORMANCE
Passage of Risk from Seller to Buyer and Effect Thereof (Article 66-67 CISG); Force Majeure and Exemption (Article 79 CISG); Congimex Companhia Geral de Comercio Impotadors e Exportadora SARL v. Tradax Exports SA

Read:
Hartnell, International Sale of Goods (200-224); background (225-241); problems 3.20-3.23

Hour 11
GENERAL SCHEME OF REMEDIES
Suspending Performance (Article 71 CISG); Specific Performance by Seller (Articles 28 & 46 CISG); Specific Performance by Buyer (Article 62 CISG)
Read:
Hartnell, International Sale of Goods (242-244 & 278-289);background 245-277); problems 4.1-4.7

Hour 12
AVOIDANCE
Avoidance of the Contract (Refusal to Accept a Nonconforming Performance) (Article 25, 26, 45, 49, 52, 61 & 81 CISG); Preservation of Goods after Avoidance (Articles 86-88 CISG)
Read:
Hartnell, International Sale of Goods ( 289-297); problems 4.8-4.10

Hours 13-14
DAMAGES
Buyer's Damage Remedy (Articles 49-50, 74 & 77 CISG); Seller's Damage Remedy (Articles 74-77 CISG); Anticipatory Repudiation (Article 72 CISG); Installment Contracts (Article 73 CISG); Stipulated Remedy Provisions; Liquidated Damages
Read:
Hartnell, International Sale of Goods, ( 297-315); problems 4.11-4.18

RECOMMENDED SUPPLEMENTAL READINGS


C. Bianca & J. Bonell, Commentary on the International Sales Law: The 1980 Vienna Sales Convention ( Giuffre: Milan 1987).

F. Enderlein & D. Maskow, International Sales Law: United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods ( Oceana Publications: New York, London, Rome 1992)

J. Honnold, Documentary History of the Uniform Law for International Sales (Kluwer: Deventer 1189)

J. Honnold, Uniform Law for International Sales under the 1980 U.N. Convention ( Kluwer: Deventer 1991) ( 2d ed.).

P. Schlechtriem, Uniform Sales Law: The Un-Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (Manz Verlag: Vienna 1986).


Digitized version prepared by the Curriculum Resource Center (CRC)
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Revised: April 1996

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