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Rechtswissenschaftliche Fakultät Lehrstuhl Atamer

International Sales Law (CISG)


International Sales Law (CISG)

vvz No.: 1906

Programms Master of Law, International Students, LL.M. Students
Duration September 18, 2023 - December 22, 2023
Professor Prof. Yeşim Atamer
Time Tuseday, 8:00-9:45
Room RAK-E-8


Administration of the course

The class of this semester will be held in person. Podcast recordings will be made available after class is over. Please also consult OLAT for informations. 


This course is designed to introduce students to the theoretical and practical problems of international sales law and the legal solutions served by the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG), which entered into force in 1988 and counts today more than ninety contracting states. The course focuses mainly on the scope of application of the CISG, the hierarchy between the CISG and national sales law provisions, formation of the contract under the CISG, obligations of the parties and remedies in case of non-performance, and the liability regime of the CISG. The course aims also to use the CISG as a base to discuss different approaches in Civil Law and Common Law jurisdictions, thereby facilitating students with international background to scrutinize their own national sales law system.


Please consult the Syllabus (PDF, 182 KB) for the prepartion of the class. 


  • Students should have attended and passed a general contract law course as well as a course serving basic knowledge of national sales law provisions.
  • A good command of English is essential.



Swiss Code of Obligation (PDF, 4 MB)

CISG (PDF, 339 KB)

The PPT Presentations will be made available on OLAT.


An exam will be conducted at the end of the semester. More details will follow soon and in class. 

Please make sure to regularly consult the general information on exams at the University of Zurich, which you can find here