The focus of this seminar is on international contracting and dispute resolution, with particular emphasis on some representative jurisdictions of Latin America.
The course proceeds on the basis of class discussions focusing on prototype international commercial contracts, such as international sales, payments (letters of credit), and carriage of goods. Primary emphasis is on selected problems arising in the course of the conclusion and enforcement of international commercial transactions, such as international jurisdiction, choice of forum, and choice of law clauses. A few sessions will be devoted to the regulation of international trade under some sub-regional trade agreements (NAFTA and MERCOSUR in particular). Attention also will be given to the settlement of disputes, including methods for the service of documents and the taking of evidence abroad, the enforcement of foreign provisional measures and judgments, and the enforcement of arbitration agreements and foreign arbitral awards.