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International Contracts: Dispute Resolution Clauses and Conflict of Laws

Course Level

intermediate - advanced / 3rd - 4th year

Course Language


Course Classification

This is a Themis course. It is also open to non-Themis students.

 Course Type and Contact Hours

Lecture / intensive course with 10 class hours in the first week of May


2,5 (if course has been attended regularly and exam has been passed)


This course is being taught in irregular intervals.

Time Schedule and Course Venue

Monday, 2 May:
18.00 - 20.00, room 2213

Tuesday, 3 May:
8.00 - 10.00, room 2213
10.00 - 12.00, room 2213

Thursday, 5 May:
8.00 - 10.00, room 2215

Friday, 6 May:
8.00 - 10.00, room 2213

The academic quarter does not apply in this course! Every session will be 120 minutes.

Please note that you won't find this course in the course catalogue.

Course Description

Traders buying and/or selling goods or commodities in international markets are involved in complex transactions. The typical transaction involves numerous contracts over national boundaries with a high level of uncertainty and complexity. As an international contract has connections to more than one country, it has to be ascertained in which country's courts an international dispute can be brought or whether an alternative dispute resolution could be taken into account. After this question has been settled, it has to be decided which national law applies or if other substantive rules of an international origin apply. Current developments in this field of law will be examined at a European level as well as a global level. The module will have an emphasis on the practical problems which arise in the international commercial arena.

Learning Objectives

Students should understand and be able to identify rules, concepts and principles relating to international contracts and cross-border commerce and should be able to evaluate these rules, concepts and principles and apply them correctly.


The course will be taught through a combination of lectures and discussions. The contribution of the students through class participation will be highly encouraged. Giving the students an opportunity to analyze actual problems makes learning the techniques and concepts easier and more satisfying. Therefore problem-based learning is used as teaching method which requires students' active participation.

Restricted Enrollment

yes (that means that the number of participants is limited and that you might not get a place in this course)

Course Registration

Please write an e-mail to the course instructor, Professor Zeynep Derya Tarman ztarman@ku.edu.tr. The places in this course will be allocated according to the principle "first come, first served".

De-Registration from this Course

Please contact the course instructor, Professor Zeynep Derya Tarman ztarman@ku.edu.tr if you have to use this option.

Type of Exam

Students will write an essay.

Exam Period

Essays will be due a few weeks after the end of this course. The date will be announced in class.

Grade Release

Grades will be announced via e-mail.