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GIP6077298, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course 5 years single cycle degree in
GI2373, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination EUROPEAN CONTRACT LAW
Department of reference Department of Private Law and Critique of Law
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge GIOVANNA MARCHETTI IUS/01

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines IUS/01 Private Law 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 23/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
1 A.A. 2019/20 sede di Treviso 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 MARCHETTI GIOVANNA (Presidente)
ZANELLATO ANDREA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: It is recommended to take these exams: diritto privato 1 and diritto privato 2 (for Italian students).
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims to provide a systematic analysis of the basic rules of European contract law.
Examination methods: The examination consists of an oral test. The questions will be on the topics listed under "contents".
Assessment criteria: The assessment takes into account:
- knowledge of the basic rules of European contract law, including its practical application;
- the acquisition of appropriate terminology.
Course unit contents: The course focuses on the main issues of European contract law. In particular, the following subjects will be covered:

- principles and sources of European contract law;
- the notion of contract;
- offer and acceptance;
- the right of withdrawal
- general conditions;
- the battle of the forms;
- good faith, pre-contractual duties and unfair contractual terms;
- defects of consent;
- performance;,
- damages for non-performance;
- termination of the contract;
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Face-to-face classes and discussion, through the active participation of the attending students, of some of the most relevant legal cases.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The handbook in the " reference texts " section and the materials uploaded on moodle, have to be studied as follows:

Attending students will prepare the exam using the text Contract law: a comparative introduction, by J. Smits, 2nd ed. in the parts indicated below, in addition to the notes of the lessons:

- principles and sources of European contract law (Smits, chapters 1-2, pp.
3-36; materials on moodle: Beale- Fauvarque-Cosson, Rutgers, Vogenauer,
Contract Law, Hart Publishing, 3°ed., 2019: chapter 3, pp. 53-75)
- the notion of contract, offer and acceptance (Smits, chapter 3, pp. 41-62)
- the “battle of forms” (Smits, box 3.3., p. 57; materials on moodle: Beale etc.:
point 8.3.C.2, pp. 267-276)
-the right of withdrawal (Smits, box 6.2, pp. 114)
- good faith, pre-contractual duties and unfair contractual terms, general conditions (Smits, chapter 8, pp. 136-154);
- defects of consent (Smits, chapter 9, pp. 159-176);
- performance (Smits, chapter 11, pp.193-208);
- damages for non-performance (Smits, chapter 12, pp. 209-228)
- termination of the contract (Smits, chapter 13, pp. 229-240)

Non-attending students should use the following text for the same issues:
European contract law di Schulze/Zoll, 2° ed. cap. 1 (1-38); Cap. 2 omitted par. 5 e 6 (39-90);Cap. 3, par. I e II (105-140 e 153-160); III (161-178); Cap. 4 (179-210); Cap. 5, par. IV (232- 240); Cap. 6, par. I, II, IV.1; 2, 3, 5, 6 (241-251 e 257-279 e 281-294)
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Jan Smits, Contract law: a comparative introduction. --: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2° ed., 2017. SOLO PER STUDENTI FREQUENTANTI Cerca nel catalogo
  • Schulze/Zoll, --. European contract law: Nomos, 2° ed., 2018. PER STUDENTI NON FREQUENTANTI Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Questioning
  • Flipped classroom

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)