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International Sale of Goods (Module)

Module description

International trade is one of the main forms of international economic relationships. What is meant by international trade is the totality of contracts for the international sale of goods. This means that an international sales contract, which is the subject of this course, is a key transaction lying at the very core of international commerce. This course will address core aspects of the international law of sale of goods from the perspectives of two leading sales law regimes: English law and The UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods 1980 (CISG). English law is often a preferred choice of law in international commercial contracts, particularly in the commodities trade. In the context of English law, this course will examine: the basic concepts of English law of sales; the implied terms of a sales contract (such as the implied terms of quality and description of the goods); the structure of and legal issues arising from contracts, incorporating such trade terms as CIF (‘cost, insurance, freight’) and FOB (‘free on board’); remedies for breach of an international sales contract. The CISG, in turn, is a major international sales law instrument, now ratified by more than eighty countries and applied in thousands of cases all around the world. The course will explore the scope of application of the CISG, its general provisions, rights and obligations of the seller and the buyer, and remedies for breach of contract. The course is essential to students with interests in international commercial contracts and in international trade and shipping.

Staff information

Professor Djakhongir Saidov

Teaching pattern

Learning and teaching methods vary but may include watching video content, engaging in discussion forums, taking part in live chat/webinar sessions, self-directed activities, doing quizzes or working through interactive content designed to stimulate your thoughts and help you to apply knowledge.

You will be expected to undertake approximately 20 hours of study per week which may typically be broken down as follows:

  • Directed study - 2 (web content material including recorded video, text, graphics)
  • Other activity - 2 (1 hour live seminar and 1 hour of discussion board)
  • Self-directed learning and assessment work - 16 (including completing set tasks and reading, research, revision)

Module assessment - more information

A small percentage of your final module mark will be based on your participation in discussion forums, unless stated otherwise. The remaining percentage will typically be assessed by essay. 

Key information

Module code 7FFLP005

Credit level 7

Assessment coursework

Credit value 15

Semester Full-year

Study abroad module No