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LAWS17-745: International Contracts


International Contracts is an elective subject in postgraduate programs offered by the Faculty of Law. This subject deals with problems in the drafting and enforcement of contracts involving two or more legal systems, with reference to international conventions. Topics covered include the United Nations Convention on the International Sale of Goods, choice of governing law, choice of forum, selection and standardisation of terms, title and retention, delivery, payment and long-term contracts, and relevant aspects of dispute resolution. International Contracts is taught in an intensive and practical manner, with an emphasis on negotiation and drafting, cases and comparative law, as experienced in international legal practice. The subject should be of interest to students intending to do work involving transactions across borders.

Subject details

Type: Undergraduate Subject
Code: LAWS17-745
Faculty: Faculty of Law
Credit: 10
Study areas:
  • Law

Learning outcomes

  1. Develop an awareness of national variations in apparently common legal concepts and attitudes to the law.
  2. Demonstrate how these variations are brought together in particular transactions to identify the 'common core' of contract law and an expanding international law of contracts.
  3. Consider the central role of contract in international trade.
  4. Experience negotiation across legal systems and how working as a team can produce optimal results.

Enrolment requirements



Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

Assumed Prior Learning (or equivalent):

Restrictions: This subject is not available to
  • Study Abroad Students

Must have completed a minimum 120 Credit Points of LAWS subjects AND have a minimum average of 65% in LAWS subjects. Must be admitted into a Bachelor Law degree OR Bachelor of Laws combined degree.

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.