Course code JurZ4022

Credit points 2

International Contractual Law

Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for lectures8

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes24

Independent study hours48

Date of course confirmation21.06.2018

Responsible UnitInstitute of Economics and Regional Development

Course developer

author Ekonomikas un reģionālās attīstības institūts

Stepans Pokotinskis

Mg. jur.

Course abstract

The course introduces students to the substance, subjects, objects and system of international law. The course is designed to build an understanding of international contract law and the stages of conclusion of an international agreement and to analyse the subjects and forms of international legal liability. The course discusses legal remedies for international disputes. The course provides an introduction to international private law and familiarises students with the procedure for the conclusion of an international contract of sale of goods.
Students will be able to:Identify the subjects of international contractual law, their legal capacity and capacity to act. Test.
Demonstrate the understanding of the substance of international contractual law, the stages and procedure of conclusion of international contracts. Test.
Demonstrate the knowledge of the procedure of conclusion of an international contract of sale. Test.
Demonstrate the knowledge and understanding of the substance, subjects and forms of international legal liability. Test.
Independently classify international contracts, discuss the stages and procedure of conclusion of international contracts. Practicals.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Identify the subjects of international contractual law, their legal capacity and capacity to act. Test.
Demonstrate the understanding of the substance of international contractual law, the stages and procedure of conclusion of international contracts. Test.
Demonstrate the knowledge of the procedure of conclusion of an international contract of sale. Test.
Demonstrate the knowledge and understanding of the substance, subjects and forms of international legal liability. Test.
Independently classify international contracts, discuss the stages and procedure of conclusion of international contracts. Practicals.

Course Content(Calendar)

1. System of international law. International public and private law – 2 h
2. Subjects and objects of international public law, their legal personality – 2 h
3. Subjects and objects of international private law, their legal personality and citizenship – 2 h
Test 1. Subjects and objects of international law – 1 h
4. International contractual law and its role – 2 h
5. Structure and form of international contracts – 1 h
6. Procedure of conclusion of international contracts in accordance with international public law – 4 h
7. Entry into force of contracts. Compliance with, application and interpretation of contracts – 3 h
8. Invalidity, termination or suspension of contracts – 2 h
9. Failure to perform a contract – 1 h
Test 2. Procedure of conclusion of international contracts in accordance with international public law – 1 h
10. International legal liability – 4 h
Test 3. International legal liability – 1 h
11. Dispute settlement – 2 h
12. International judicial system – 1 h
13. Procedure of conclusion of international contracts in accordance with international private law – 2 h

14. Incoterms – 1 h

Requirements for awarding credit points

All the tests have to be taken and all the independent assignments have to be submitted; at least 80% of the classes have to be attended. All the tests and independent assignments have to have a pass mark.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Homework 1. Concept and kinds of international contracts. Solution of a case.
Homework 2. Procedure of conclusion of international contracts in accordance with international public law. Solution of a case.

Homework 3. International legal liability. Solution of a case.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:
1.Identify the subjects of international contractual law, their legal capacity and capacity to act. Test.
2.Demonstrate the understanding of the substance of international contractual law, the stages and procedure of conclusion of international contracts. Test.
3.Demonstrate the knowledge of the procedure of conclusion of an international contract of sale. Test.
4.Demonstrate the knowledge and understanding of the substance, subjects and forms of international legal liability. Test.
5.Independently classify international contracts, discuss the stages and procedure of conclusion of international contracts. Practicals.

Compulsory reading

Bojārs J. (2004) Starptautiskās publiskās tiesības I. R., „Zvaigzne ABC”, 1.-422.lpp.
2.Bojārs J. (2006) Starptautiskās publiskās tiesības II. R., „Zvaigzne ABC”, 1.-77.lpp.
3.Bojārs J. (2007) Starptautiskās publiskās tiesības III. R., „Zvaigzne ABC”, 1.-118.lpp., 234.-348.lpp.
4.Bojārs J. (2010) Starptautiskās privāttiesības I. Rīga: ”Zvaigzne ABC”, 1.-199.lpp.

5.Fogels A.(2009) Modernās starptautiskās tiesības. Rīga: „Zvaigzne ABC”.

Further reading

1.Dokumentu krājums.(2000) Mūsdienu starptautiskās un tirdzniecības tiesības. Starptautiskais civilprocess. Otrais papildinātais izdevums. Rīga: „AGB”.
2.Latiševs V. (2008) Praktiskais palīglīdzeklis ārējās tirdzniecības darījumu noformēšanai. Rīga, Merkurijs LAT.

3.Škoba L., Sakārne I., Novicka S. (2004) 1980.gada ANO Konvencijas par starptautiskajiem preču pirkuma līgumiem pamatjautājumi. Rīga: Latvijas Vēstnesis.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Žurnāls “Jurista Vārds”

2. www.politika.lv

Notes

Restricted elective course for the ESAF academic Bachelor programme Economics, specialisation Law Science