Master Program in Private Law

International Commercial Law (ÖHYL-351)

Course Code Course Name Semester Theory Practice Lab Credit ECTS
ÖHYL-351 International Commercial Law 1 4 0 0 4 10
Admission Requirements
Language of Instruction Turkish
Course Type Elective
Course Level Masters Degree
Course Instructor(s) HALİL ERCÜMENT ERDEM (Email)
Objective Several topics pertaining to the international commercial law will be analyzed at this lecture.
Content The sources of international commercial law (commercial customs and usages, lex mercatoria, model contracts, international contracts, etc.), Incoterms, contracts of international sales of goods (United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods 1980 –CISG) will be studied and international arbitration as a method of preferred dispute resolution in international commercial transaction will be examined. Furthermore, model contracts drafted by several organizations and used in international commercial transactions will be reviewed.
Course Learning Outcomes
Teaching and Learning Methods Seminars
References 1- Audit, Bernard; La Vente Internationale de Marchandise: Convention des Nation-Unies du 11 Avril 1980, 1990
2- Atiyah, P S/Adams, John N/MacQueen, Hector; The Sale of Goods, Pearson Education, 2005
3- Baron, Gesa; Do the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts form a new lex mercatoria?, Arbitration International (1999) 115-130, available at database:
4- Béguin, Jacques/Menjucq, Michel (dir); Droit du commerce international, Litec, Paris 2005
5- Bianca, C./Bonell, M. J. (edit.); Commentary on the international sales law, the 1980 Vienna Sales Convention, Milano 1987
6- Bonell, Michael Joachim; An International Restatement of Contract Law, 2d ed., 1997, Chapter 4- The UNIDROIT Principles and CISG, available at database:
7- Bonell, Michael Joachim; The UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts and the Vienna Sales Convention - Alternatives or Complementary Instruments?, Revue de droit uniforme/Uniform Law Review (1996) 26-39
8- Bonell, Michael Joachim; The UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts and the Principles of European Contract Law: Similar Rules for the Same Purpose?, Uniform Law Review (1996) 229-246 available at database:
9- Born, Gary B.; International Arbitration Cases and Materials, Kluwer Law International, 2011
10- Bortolotti, Fabio; Drafting and Negotiating International Commercial Contracts, ICC Publication no. 671, 2008
11- Bühler, W. Michael/Webster, H. Thomas; Handbook of ICC Arbitration, Commentary, Precedents, Materials, Thomson, Sweet & Maxwell, London 2005.
12- Carter, James H.; The International Arbitration Law Review, Law Business Research, 2012
13- Carbonneau, Thomas E./Jaeggi, Jeanette A., Handbook on Commercial Arbitration, American Arbitration Association, 2007
14- Clay, Thomas; L’arbitrage, Dalloz, 2001
15- Cremades, Bernardo M./Dimolitsa, Antonias; Third-Party Funding in International Arbitration, ICC Publication Services, 2013
16- Dayınlarlı, Kemal; International Arbitration, Dayınlarlı Hukuk Yayınları, 2010
17- De Ly, Filip; International Business Law and Lex Mercatoria, Elsevier Science Publishers, 1992
18- Dessemontet, François(edit.); Les Contrats de Vente Internationale de Marchandise, Cedidac, 1991
19- Erdem, Ercüment; La livraison des marchandises selon la Convention de Vienne, Diss. Fribourg 1990
20- Erdem, Ercüment; “Resolving International Trade Dispute Through Arbitration”, Prof. Dr. Fırat Öztan’a Armağan, Ankara 2010, s. 839-910.
21- Erdem, Ercüment; “The Role of Trade Usages in ICC Arbitration”, in Liber Amicorum en l’honneur de Serge Lazareff, Paris 2011, s.247-265
22- Ferrari, Franco; Gap-filling and Interpretation of the CISG: Overview of International Case Law, 7 Vindobona Journal of International Commercial Law and Arbitration (2003) 63-92,
23- Fortier, L. Yves; The New, New Lex Mercatoria, or, Back To The Future, Arbitration International, Vol. 17/2 2001, available at database:
24- Fouchard/Gaillard/Goldman; Traité de l’arbitrage commercial international, Paris 1996
25- Geisinger, Elliot/Voser, Nathalie; International Arbitration in Switzerland, A Handbook for Practitioners, Kluwer Law, 2013
26- Giovannini, Teresa/Mourre, Alexis; Written Evidence and Discovery in International Arbitration, ICC Institute of World Business Law, 2009
27- Goldman, Berthold; Nouvelles Réflexions sur la Lex Mercatoria, in: Festschrift Pierre Lalive, Basel, Frankfurt a.M. 1993, at 241 et seq. available at database:
28- Goldstajn, Aleksandar; The New Law Merchant Reconsidered, in: Festschrift Schmitthoff, Frankfurt a.M. 1973, at 171 et seq., available at database:
29- Goldstajn, Aleksandar; Usages of Trade and Other Autonomous Rules of International Trade According to the UN (1980) Sales Convention, Petar Sarcevic & Paul Volken eds., International Sale of Goods: Dubrovnik Lectures, Oceana (1986) Ch. 3, 55-110. available at database:
30- Governing Council of UNIDROIT; UNIDROIT Principals of International Commercial Contracts, International Institute for the Unification of Private Law, 2013
31- Heuzé, Vincent; La vente internationale de marchandises, Paris 2000
32- Honnold, J.; Uniform law for international Sales under the 1980 United Nations Convention, Deventer 1982
33- Jacquet, Jean-Michel/Delebecque, Philippe; Droit du commerce international, 2e éd. Dalloz, Paris 2000
34- Kahn, Philippe; « Lex mercatoria » et Pratique des Contrats Internationaux, in: Le Contrat Economique International, Bruxelles, Paris 1975, page 200 et suiv. available at database:
35- Kurkela, Matti S./Snellman, Hannes; Due Process in International Commercial Arbitration, Oceana Publications, 2005
36- Lando, Ole; The Rules of European contract law, "Study of the systems of private law in the EU with regard to discrimination and the creation of a European Civil Code", European Parliament, Directorate General for Research, Working Paper, Legal Affairs Series, JURI 103 EN (June 1999), Chapter III, 127-136 available at database:
37- Lando, Ole; The Law Applicable to the Merits of the Dispute, in: Sarcevic (ed.), Essays on International Commercial Arbitration, Boston, London 1991, at 129 et seq. available at database:
38- Lew, D. M. Julian/Mistelis, A. Loukas/Kröll, Stefan; Comparative International Commercial Arbitration, Kluwer Law International, 2003
39- Lowenfeld, Andreas F.; Lex Mercatoria: An Arbitrator's View, Arbitration International 1990, at 133 et seq. available at database:
40- Lörcher, Torsten/Pendell, Guy/Wilson,Jeremy; CMS Guide to Arbitration Vol I, II, CMS Law.Tax, 2012
41- Mourre, Alexis; Les Cahiers de L’Arbitrage, Editions A.Pendone, 2008
42- Moses, Margaret L.; The Principles and Practice of International Commercial Arbitration, Cambridge University Press, 2012
43- Mustill, Michael; The New Lex Mercatoria: The First Twenty-five Years, Arbitration International 1988, at 86 et seq. available at database:
44- Nairn, Karly/Heneghan, Patrick; Arbitration World Institutional and Jurisdictional Comparisons, European Lawyer Reference Series, 2012
45- Neumayer, Karl H./Ming, Catherine; Convention de Vienne sur Les Contrats de Vente Internationale de Marchandise, Cedidac, 1993
46- Schlechtriem, P./Butler, P.; The UN Law on International Sales, 2009
47- Schlechtriem, P./Witz, Claude; Convention de Vienne sur les Contracts de Vente Internationale de Marchandise, Dalloz, 2008
48- Schlechtriem, P.; Uniform Sales Law, Vienna 1986
49- Schmitthoff, C; Schmitthoff’s Export Trade, The law and practice of international trade, ninth edition, London, Stevens & Sons, 1990
50- van Houtte, Hans; Les Principes UNIDROIT et l’Arbitrage Commercial International, in: ICC (ed.), The UNIDROIT Principles for International Commercial Contracts - A New Lex Mercatoria?, Paris 1995, at 181 et seq available at database:
51- Vogenauer, Stefan/Kleinheisterkamp, Jan; Commentary on the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts, Oxford University Press,2009
52- Yves, Derains/Jacques, Ghestin; La Convention de Vienne sur la vente internationale et les incoterms, 1989
53- Yves, Derains/Schwartz, A. Eric; A New Guide to the New ICC Rules of Arbitration, Kluwer Law, 1998
Print the course contents
Theory Topics
Week Weekly Contents
1 Introduction to international commercial law - sources
2 Sources – Incoterms
3 Incoterms
4 Incoterms
5 CISG – General Rules
6 CISG – Formation of the contract
7 CISG – Obligations of the Seller
8 CISG – Obligations of the Buyer
9 CISG – Remedies
10 CISG – Exemptions
11 International agency and distribution contracts
12 Letters of credits (UCP 600)
13 ICC Arbitration
14 Final exam + Delivery of papers
Practice Topics
Week Weekly Contents
Contribution to Overall Grade
  Number Contribution
Contribution of in-term studies to overall grade 1 25
Contribution of final exam to overall grade 1 75
Toplam 2 100
In-Term Studies
  Number Contribution
Assignments 0 0
Presentation 1 25
Midterm Examinations (including preparation) 0 0
Project 0 0
Laboratory 0 0
Other Applications 0 0
Quiz 0 0
Term Paper/ Project 0 0
Portfolio Study 0 0
Reports 0 0
Learning Diary 0 0
Thesis/ Project 0 0
Seminar 0 0
Other 1 75
Toplam 2 100
No Program Learning Outcomes Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Recognizing positive norms in private law and being able to define and explain the principals of methodology, X
2 Being able to determine, identify and restate legal problems, X
3 Being able to use legal interpretation principals in an efficient manner in order to analyze and resolve a legal problem and in order to develop a strategy, X
4 Being able to conduct academic researches on legal problems and to propose solutions, X
5 Assuming responsibility individually or collectively for resolving complicated legal problems, X
6 Being able to criticise positive norms of the law system, X
7 Being able to explain technical legal knowledge in private law in Turkish, French and English verbally or in writing, being able to report personal opinion concerning a legal problem verbally or in writing in a persuasive manner, X
8 Being able to follow up the local and international legal literature, to update technical legal knowledge permanently, to use information technology in an efficient manner in order to achieve these goals, X
9 Being able to conduct comparative academic researches between different law systems, X
10 Being able to explain and utilize academic study methodologies in order to conduct academic research on a certain legal problem. X
Activities Number Period Total Workload
Class Hours 2 14 28
Working Hours out of Class 2 10 20
Assignments 0 0 0
Presentation 1 2 2
Midterm Examinations (including preparation) 0 0 0
Project 0 0 0
Laboratory 0 0 0
Other Applications 0 0 0
Final Examinations (including preparation) 1 10 10
Quiz 0 0 0
Term Paper/ Project 1 14 14
Portfolio Study 0 0 0
Reports 0 0 0
Learning Diary 0 0 0
Thesis/ Project 0 0 0
Seminar 0 0 0
Other 0 0 0
Total Workload 74
Total Workload / 25 2,96
Credits ECTS 3
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