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BDRO 1645A - Introduction to Comparative Contract Law

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

In the French legal system, contract law is the foundation for the comprehension of other fields of law, which often turn to its provisions to resolve complex legal issues that arise in business practice. For this reason, contract law is generally taught in the second year of studies, with the purpose of familiarizing students as soon as possible with legal terms such as “obligation”, “contract”, “liability”, which will be approached from different angles throughout their university education. The teaching of this course in English allows the students, French or foreigners, to improve their formation in contract law in the language used in international business and to deepen their knowledge in the particularities of French Contract Law through different aspects of comparative law (Common Law, EU law, legislation of other European countries). References to other national legislations, especially to the ones of Common Law countries, give students the chance to identify similarities and differences on specific topics of contract law and develop an international culture in the field. Based on interactive lectures of two hours per week and on material support shared online every week, students are encouraged to think, compare and understand profoundly the contractual techniques and methods. The objective of this course is to provide students with a critical qualification and ability to express themselves in English on sophisticated issues of French and comparative contract law. The ongoing process for the revision of the French Civil Law of the obligations, which will be accomplished during Spring 2016 constitutes an excellent occasion for profound and comparative thought on fundamental concepts of Contract Law utilized by most of the legal systems all around the globe.


GARDOUNIS, Emmanuel (Professeur)

Course validation

The validation of this course will be the result of three grades: Written group essay (30% of the overall grade) ; Attendance note (30% of the overall grade) ; Written exam (40% of the overall grade).


Written group essay.

Required reading

  • J. BELL, S. BOYRON, S. WHITTAKER, Principles of French law, Oxford University Press, 2nd edition, 2008
  • B. NICHOLAS, The French law of contract, Oxford University Press, 2nd edition, 1992
  • E. STEINER, French law: a comparative approach, Oxford University Press, 2010