Updated A.Y. 2018-2019

International Commercial Law



Master of Science: Business Administration

Course Credits: 6

Pre/co-requisites: none


Course Schedule: Feb 18 – March 27, 2019. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 9.00-11.00 Room P 5-7.

In order to make up for classes cancelled for bank holidays or administrative reasons, additional classes are inserted in the course calendar. Please check this link: http://economia.uniroma2.it/master-science/ba/corso/lezioni/157/


Teacher: Nicoletta Ciocca – Dep. Management e Diritto, Room 73, 1st floor, Building “Ricerca”, 0672595824 ciocca@economia.uniroma2.it


Office hours for students: During the course after any class (preferably subject to email confirmation).


Course outline

A selection of legal issues mainly concerning international private commercial law will be analyzed and discussed on the basis of legal texts or case law depending on the single topic.

  1. Introduction to international business law [Reading list: case law and notes on the website + Ch.1 and 2]
  2. Convention on the International Sale of Goods [Reading list: Convention text and slides on the website + Ch. 4 and 5]
  3. Documentary transactions and letters of credit [Reading list: Ch. 5 and 7]
  4. International protection of trademarks [Reading list: Slides and regulation text on the website]
  5. The world economic institutions: an overview of WTO [Reading list: Ch. 9]
  6. The European Union freedom of establishment [Reading list: case law on the website]
  7. Digital challenges for international commercial law


This year the last week of the course, maybe a little more (depending on the actual outcome of the on going lectures), will be devoted to digital challenges for international commercial law: course topics and reading list will be increased accordingly.

Reading List

- Schaffer – Augusti – Dhooge – Earle, International Business Law and Its Environment, South Western, Updated Edition, Chapters 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 9 (or chapters corresponding to the above topics in different edition).

- Slides, papers, notes and case law time by time added on the webpage of the course

Exam Rules

A 1 hour and half written exam made of five open-ended questions. Each of them requires the student to provide his/her reasoned and elaborated written answer to each questions in a given space (each rated on a scale from 0 to 6 points). Consistency of the reasoning and correctness of the language will be evaluated. The result of the written exam is the sum of the points in all the parts on a 30-point scale (where the minimum passing grade is 18).

Possible amendments of the written exam structure can be decided on the basis of the outcome of the course and/or the preexam.

No oral exam will take place. The teacher at her discretion could verify the result of the written exam by means of an oral exam.




April 5th, 2019, 11.30 Attendance of the course in this year or in previous ones is required to take the pre-exam