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KDEC 5075 - Introduction to contract law

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


It would be preferable for students to have taken Introduction to Tort Law prior to taking this course in order to be familiar with common law methodology.

Course Description

This introductory course on contract law will focus upon English law, but where time permits reference will be made to developments in contract law in other jurisdictions and to uniform principles, such as the Principles of European Contract Law and the UNIDROIT Principles. The course will cover the basic notions of contract law, such as formation of contracts, contractual terms, grounds for setting aside contracts, remedies for breach of contract and third party rights. Additional topics will include the interpretation of contracts and the extent to which the concept of good faith is recognized in common law systems.


PETERSON, Patricia (Avocate et Arbitre Indépendant)

Course validation

Final exam : the exam will be three hours in length. There will be an essay question as well as problem questions which will require students to apply the law to a factual situation (« cas pratique »).


Students will be expected to study a range of doctrinal texts and cases for each weekly class with a view to participating in class discussions.

Required reading

Ewan McKendrick, Contract Law, Text, Cases and Materials, 8 th Ed., Oxford University Press (2018)