1127 | “Review and Negotiation of Commercial Contracts”

Course Information

  • 2021-22
  • 1127
  • 5-Year B.A., LL.B. (Hons.), LL.M.
  • V
  • Jul 2021
  • Elective Course

This course is a standalone elective that will apply parts of the alternate dispute resolution and jurisprudence courses of the B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) programme. We will examine commercial contracts in a larger business context, practice how to read and understand common clauses, and engage in simulations and discussions of negotiation strategies.

We will study typical contractual provisions in the context of two frequently used commercial contracts – the templates of a Master Services Agreement and a Confidentiality Agreement will form the basis for our discussions and analysis. Clauses will also be examined in the context of cross-border contracting. Since this course is a broad introduction to commercial contract review and negotiation, complex commercial contracting arrangements (e.g., mergers, acquisitions, financing, and other highly regulated transactions) fall outside its scope.

This course will consist of lectures and seminar-style discussion. Students will engage with prescribed readings (as detailed against each session below), complete worksheets and quizzes, and carry out simulated negotiation exercise(s) (individually or in groups).

The course will be divided into an introduction, a module on the process of contract review, a module on common contractual clauses in the context of Master Service Agreements, a module on Confidentiality Agreements, and a module on the negotiation of commercial contracts.