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LAWS77-580: International Sales Law September 2020 [Online - International Sales and Transport Law]

General information

International Sales and Transport Law is an elective subject in postgraduate programs offered by the Faculty of Law. This subject provides students with a comprehensive understanding of contract law, sales and transport law and the practical aspects of contract drafting and its pitfalls. Students will study and research core areas of contract, sales and transport law on a comparative basis. Solutions under domestic laws will be juxtaposed with uniform instruments such as the CISG and the UNIDROIT principles.


Academic unit:Faculty of Law
Subject code:LAWS77-580
Subject title:International Sales and Transport Law
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:September 2020
Credit points:20

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Directed Online Activity: x14 (Total hours: 56) - Online Modules
  • Personal Study Hours: x14 (Total hours: 184) - Recommended study hours
Attendance and learning activities: This subject is taught online. It has a formal weekly structure, helping students to progress through the course. Weekly chats with the course coordinator take place, and students have assigned activities (including reading, and writing tasks) every week. Some modules may be taught together in a single week - e.g. modules 4 and 5 together, modules 6 and 7 together, and modules 13 and 14 together, for coherence and convenience, and depending on the number of students enrolled. It has a formal weekly structure, helping students to progress through the course. These activities feed directly into the assessment in this subject, which predominantly takes the form of 'portfolio submission' at the end of semester. Work completed during the semester is refined and submitted as portfolios at the end of semester for formal assessment.


Prescribed resources: No Prescribed resources. After enrolment, students can check the Books and Tools area in iLearn for the full Resource List.
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Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?


Restrictions: ? This subject is not available to
  • Study Abroad Students
  • Students on US Financial Aid
  • Students on a Student Visa who have already completed one third (33%) of their total program online.

Admitted into LA-43015 Master of Laws or LA-43050 Master of Laws or LA-43052 Master of Laws (External)

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

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At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge and skills that will be achieved on completion of the program. If you are undertaking this subject as part of a degree program, you should refer to the relevant degree program outcomes and graduate attributes as they relate to this subject.

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Negotiate and draft an international sales contract, and evaluate its strengths and weaknesses.
  2. Reflect on your own skills in working with a team, as well as your negotiation and contract drafting performance.
  3. Reflect on changes in your own learning style.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
*Peer Review Portfolio 5: Have your own role in this subject's team work assessed by your co-students (overall average grade of two assessments). Submit their assessment. (Subject to moderation by the course coordinator). 5% To Be Negotiated 1, 2, 3.
Essay Portfolio 3: Reflect on your own performance during this subject's team work and the negotiation and drafting process. Submit your written reflection (max 1000 words, no references). 5% To Be Negotiated 1, 2, 3.
Essay Portfolio 4: Select, revise and submit your five best mini-essays from your own contributions to the subject's discussion boards, your learning diary, and course wiki for assessment (300 words plus references, if applicable, each) 20% To Be Negotiated 1, 2, 3.
Essay Portfolio 2: Select, revise and submit 6 out of the 7 negotiated contract clauses you have drafted and the evaluation of their strengths and weaknesses 40% To Be Negotiated 1, 2, 3.
Essay Portfolio 1: Select, revise and submit the best two of the three papers reviewing specific contract law issues on a comparative basis thatyou have written in week 2, 3, and 8 30% To Be Negotiated 1, 2, 3.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

Quality assurance

For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Additional subject information

Students may be asked to respond to questions from the subject coordinator regarding the content of their assessments. Students are expected to keep evidence of drafting and research.

Subject curriculum

This module will discuss and reflect on the question on which law applies to an international contract.

1, 2, 3.

This module deals with the formation of the contract.

1, 2, 3.

In this Module we will discuss how uniformity in the application and interpretation especially of the UN Convention on the International Sale of Goods (CISG) can be achieved.

1, 2, 3.

Modules 4 and 5 will discuss the legal problems surrounding the transport of goods from the seller to the buyer.

1, 2, 3.

Modules 4 and 5 will discuss the problems surrounding the transport of goods from the seller to the buyer.

Modules 6 and 7 will discuss the CISG’s approach to issues of non-conformity, and reflect on the most controversial areas in international trade law.

1, 2, 3.

Modules 6 and 7 will discuss the CISG’s approach to issues of non-conformity, and reflect on the most controversial areas in international trade law.

1, 2, 3.

In Module 8 you will study the different property law systems as well as the seller’s liability for warranty of title and warranty against infringement of title.

1, 2, 3.

In Module 9 you will study legal problems surrounding the payment of the purchase price, possible contractual clauses, and you will learn to negotiate and draft contract terms relating to the payment of the purchase price in international contracts.

In Module 10 you will study and discuss the basics of the law of damages in relation to international contracts.

1, 2, 3.

In Module 11 you will negotiate and draft fixed sums clauses as well as limitation of liability clauses for an international sales contract.

1, 2, 3.

In Module 12 you will study and discuss the different prerequisites for an exemption of liability, especially under the uniform instruments, as well as the consequences thereof.

1, 2, 3.

In Modules 13 and 14 you will negotiate and draft clauses for a contract specifying the details for avoidance.

1, 2.
Approved on: Nov 7, 2019. Edition: 1.7