20110486 - Economic Analysis of International Commercial Contracts

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Mutuazione: 20110486 Economic Analysis of International Commercial Contracts in GIURISPRUDENZA LMG/01 ROJAS ELGUETA GIACOMO


The purpose of the course is twofold: (i) to provide the tools to analyze the legal phenomenon through the economic lens and, more specifically, through the notions of neoclassical economics, and (ii) to offer an in-depth economic analysis of contract law and, more specifically, of international commercial contracts.

The predictive ability of the economic reasoning allows one to determine which incentives are placed on individuals by different laws and, consequently, which effects should be reasonably expected from the adoption of a certain rule. The “Law and Economics” method aims at selecting efficient rules capable of maximizing the social welfare.

Besides the methodological issues, the course covers the main topics of the Economic Analysis of Contract Law. In particular, after explaining the interaction between the “Law and Economics” method and Contract Law, the course will focus on the scope and function of international commercial contracts, offering an economic analysis of their most important clauses.

Finally, the course will analyze the different contractual remedies to supervening events, an area of contract law that is on the forefront of the legal discourse, both from an academic and practical perspective, as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic, the rise of armed conflicts and the consequent imposition of international sanctions.

Core Documentation

A selection of readings from various sources will be used as indicated during the semester and will be sent by the Professor ahead of classes.

Type of delivery of the course

The course consists of lectures, followed by outside speakers, workshops and discussion sessions that are meant to support the lectures and encourage interactive student participation. Class attendance is compulsory.

Type of evaluation

Student evaluation will be based on class participation, oral presentations given by the students during the semester, and a final written exam.