Not available in 2015/16
LL4K6      Half Unit
International Uniform Sales Law

This information is for the 2015/16 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Michael Bridge NAB6.21


This course is available on the Master of Laws and Master of Laws (extended part-time study). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

This course is capped at 30 students. Students must apply through Graduate Course Choice on LSEforYou.

Course content

The course concerns sales conducted on the basis of the United Nations Convention on the International Sale of Goods 1980 (CISG). Nearly eighty countries accounting together for two-thirds of the world's export trade, have so far adopted the CISG, which has generated an enormous primary and secondary literature, a great part of which is available on the internet. It has been incorporated as domestic law in Israel and Norway and has also very largely informed the Chinese Contract Law of 1999. The CISG is a most important piece of legislation in the continuing development of international contract law. It has been influential in the development of European sales law (the Directive on the Sale of Consumer Goods and Associated Guarantees) and of the Common Frame of Reference. The experience of the CISG brings out all of the issues arising from attempts to create uniform, transnational private law. Attention will also be given to the Unidroit Principles of International Commercial Contracts (2nd ed 2004) so far as they may be used to supplement the CISG. (This course complements LL4G6 International Commodity Sales).


20 hours of seminars in the MT. 2 hours of seminars in the ST.

Formative coursework

One 2,000 word essay.

Indicative reading

M Bridge, The International Sale of Goods (Oxford, 3rd ed 2013); J Fawcett, J Harris and M Bridge, International Sale of Goods in the Conflict of Laws (Oxford 2005); C Bianca and M Bonell, Commentary on the International Sales Law (Giuffre, 1987); I Schwenzer (ed), Schlechtriem and Schwenzer: Commentary on the UN Convention on the International Sale of Goods (CISG) (Oxford, 3rd ed 2010); S Kröll, L Mistelis and P erales Viscasillas, UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (2011);  J Honnold, Documentary History of the Uniform Law for International Sales (Kluwer, 1989); H Flechtner (ed), Honnold: Uniform Law for International Sales (Kluwer, 4th ed 2009); P Huber and A Mullis, The CISG (2007). Plus a substantial list of articles and cases.


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.

Key facts

Department: Law

Total students 2014/15: 10

Average class size 2014/15: 10

Controlled access 2014/15: Yes

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Communication
  • Specialist skills