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Updated A.Y. 2022-2023

International Commercial Law



Master of Science: Business Administration


Course Credits: 6

Pre/co-requisites: none

Course Schedule: Feb 20 – March 29, 2023. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 11.00-12.00 on site and on-line MS Teams.

Class code

Updated class calendar: https://economia.uniroma2.it/master-science/ba/corso/lezioni/157/


Teacher: Nicoletta Ciocca – Dep. Management e Diritto, Room73, 1st floor, Building “Ricerca”, 0672595834; ciocca@economia.uniroma2.it Please use only this email address or MS Teams chat.


Office hours for students: Before and after classes (please send email or MS Teams messages to schedule meetings). Use email and MS Teams messages for request of clarification and/or meeting via MS Teams.

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 topic.


  1. Introduction to international business law. International commercial contracts and applicable law and jurisdiction.
  2. Convention on the International Sale of Goods
  3. Documentary transactions and letters of credit
  4. International protection of trademarks
  5. The world economic institutions: an overview of WTO
  6. Corporate sustainability challenges

Please notice that on the basis of certain information which I will collect from the students, this syllabus could be varied and so the list of the books’ chapters. Any update will be signaled on this webpage and on MS Teams Channel General of the Class.



Reading List

Carr – Stone, International Trade Law, Routledge, 2017, Parts I, III.6-7, IV.15, V (but for Ch. 20)


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).


The choice between the two books is up to the student. I do not provide any pdf of the books.




Slides, papers, notes and case law time by time added on folder of the course. Any teaching materials (other than the books) will be uploaded on the MS Teams Channel General – Folder File – Teaching materials/Materiale del corso. Check the folder and the explanations on the posts in the same Channel





  1. Join the virtual class on Delphi for the current year.
  2. Enroll on the newsletter of the course on the faculty website.
  3. Book on Delphi your place for exams.



Exams Rules

(subject to variation depending on the pandemic situation)


The exam is in writing and it consists of 8 multiple choice questions (no. of answers may vary; 3 points each; no penalty for wrong answer) and one open-ended question (0-6 points).


No books, no devices, no notes or similar will be allowed during any part of the exam.


Exams Calls





The course aims at providing students the fundamentals of some of international commercial law issues within the institutional framework of the European Union and international economic organizations.

After some introductory lectures on the institutions and the principles of international commercial law, the course will focus on certain issues of the practices of international trade, in order to allow students to know and examine actual problems which they could face in their future work.

Each section of the course is structured in three parts:

  1. introduction to the topic and identification of relevant regulatory sources
  2. reading, analysis and understanding of the main regulatory provisions
  3. study of case law, reading materials and legal papers



Knowledge of the institutional framework of international commercial law and some of its most widely used tools in cross borders trade relations.

Ability to identify the issues, the interests and the regulatory sources with reference to certain international trade related topics



Ability to understand the relevant tools, institutions and interests, in view of the students' future working context



Develop reasoning skills and judgment autonomy to identify and discuss legal issues, in view of the students' future working context



Building up an appropriate legal vocabulary, taking into account the use of the English language, in which the course is taught, as a vehicle for understanding concepts and notions that are not always equivalent in different legal experiences



Provide the fundamentals to understand which aspects of the discipline of business activities can be useful to deepen in an international business context