JANUARY - MARCH 2004

 

Course Materials

 

Instructor & Topic
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English Reading Materials

Session 1

David Linnan
Univ. of South Carolina
School of Law

 

 

Are We Looking at the Right Things?

 

David Linnan, Indonesia's Infamous Manulife Insolvency:  Formal Versus Informal Enforcement in Metamorphosis (forthcoming) 

William P. Alford, On the Limits of 'Grand Theory' in Comparative Law, 61 Washington Law Review 945 (1986)

Ugo Mattei, Three Patterns of Law:  Taxonomy and Change in the World's Legal Systems, 45 American Journal of Comparative Law 5 (1997)

Session 2

David Linnan
Univ. of South Carolina
School of Law

 

Contract Law and a Potential
Mismatch:  Discrete vs. Relational Contracts

 

Mary Hiscock, Remodeling Asian Laws in Timothy Lindsey (ed), Indonesia:  Bankruptcy, Law Reform and the Commercial Court, Federation Press, Sydney, 2000, pp 28-42 

David Campbell & Donald Harris, Flexibility in Long-term Contractual Relationships:  The Role of Co-operation, 20 Journal of Law and Society 166 (1993) 

Lisa Bernstein, Private Commercial Law in the Cotton Industry:  Creating Cooperation through Rules, Norms, and Institutions (Chicago Law & Economics Working Paper No. 133, 2d Series) 

 

Session 3

David Linnan
Univ. of South Carolina
School of Law

 

 

Varying Legal Approaches to Contract

 

Arthur von Mehren, A General View of Contract in VII International Encyclopedia of Comparative Law, Martinus Nijhoff, Hague, 1982, pp 3-23

Barry Nicholas, French Law of Contract, Butterworth, London, 1982, pp 1-55 

[everyone presumably had an introductory US contracts course in their first year, so I do not assign specific reading for the Common Law doctrinal approach to contracts, but think about the comparison to doctrines like consideration, contract formation, etc.]

 

Session 4

David Linnan
Univ. of South Carolina
School of Law

 

Indonesian Contract Law Example of Civil Law, Legal Pluralism and Continuity

 

 

James Gordley, Contract Law in Precommercial Societies
in VII International Encyclopedia of Comparative Law,
Martinus Nijhoff, Hague, 1997, pp 2-2/2-19

 

Sudargo Gautama, Contract Law in Indonesian Business Law, Citra Aditya Bakti, Bandung, 1995, pp 67-118 

[also take some time online to compare also the structure of contract law in terms of how the Indonesian Civil Code structure for obligations portrayed still tracks the obligations portions in Book III of the Code Napoleon of 1804 online at http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/government/c_code.html, no surprise since the still largely valid (Dutch colonial) Indonesian Civil Code is largely of 1840s vintage, but still in terms of modern French & German Civil Codes accessible online in translation at http://lexinter.net/ENGLISH/civil_code.htm (French Civil Code) and http://www.iuscomp.org/gla/statutes/statutes (different links for German Civil Code), then take a quick law at the new Chinese Unified Contract Law's structure online in translation at the Chinese Civil Law Forum (http://www.cclaw.net) and ask yourself whether from the viewpoint of technical doctrinal approaches Indonesian and Chinese contract law appears on its face to be more amenable to Civil Law or Common Law analysis]

Session 5

David Linnan
Univ. of South Carolina
School of Law

 

Chinese Contract Law Development:  Modernization How,
100+ years and Counting

 
 

Dan Fenno Henderson & Preston M. Torbert, Traditional
Contract Law in Japan and China in VII International
Encyclopedia of Comparative Law, Martinus Nijhoff,
Hague, 1992, pp 6-2/6-40


Xie Huaishi,The Contract Law of Modern China in VII
International Encyclopedia of Comparative Law,
Martinus Nijhoff, Hague, 1992, pp 6-43/6-75


Jianfu Chen, From Administrative Authorisation to
Private Law:  A Comparative Perspective of the
Developing Civil Law in the People's Republic of
China, Martinus Nijhoff, Dordrecht, 1995, pp 1-68

[Please note that you are examining over 100 years of
contract law development since the 19th century, and
the assigned materials were all written before passage
of the 1999 Chinese Unified Contracts Law and related
materials which you accessed for Session 4 at
http://www.cclaw.net/download/download.asp
but ask yourself the following questions: to what
extent is the Henderson & Torbert piece describing the
traditional world according to Gordley on
precommercial society (which leaks into Gautama's
collateral discussion of Indonesian Adat contract
law), or rather the modern ethnic Chinese business
people in Southeast Asia alluded to in Linnan talking
about the current Manulife controversy?  Is there an
underlying  difference between Xie Huaishi and Jianfu
Chen, both writing in the early 1990s, with the
benefit of hindsight now that we see the 1999 Unified
Contracts Law as it turned out in mainland China?
Where, if at all, does the recent announcement fit
concerning adding private property protection to the
Chinese Constitution?]

 

Session 6

David Linnan
Univ. of South Carolina
School of Law

 

Introduction to the CISG
 

First, read the entire CISG treaty at

 

http://www.cisg-online.ch/cisg/conv/convuk.htm

 

then look at who has joined the treaty with whatever reservations at

 

http://www.uncitral.org/english/status/United%20Nations%20Convention%20on%20Contracts%20for%20the%20International%20Sale%20of%20Goods%20(Vienna,%201980)

 

Please pay particular attention to the CISG's scope provisions.  We shall not talk about the whole treaty for this assignment, but you need to understand its structure generally.  Then, please answer the following questions about whether the CISG applies under several fact patterns in the following questions.  You just need to address the scope question, namely to make the initial determination whether the CISG applies.

 

Question One

Question Two

Question Three

Question Four

Question Five

Question Six

Session 7

David Linnan
Univ. of South Carolina
School of Law

 

 

First, review again the CISG treaty at 

http://www.cisg-online.ch/cisg/conv/convuk.htm 

Please pay particular attention to the CISG's offer and acceptance or entry into contract provisions.  Most of the questions involve proper application of CISG articles 14-24, but some pull in other provisions too.  Please answer the following questions about whether the CISG applies under several fact patterns in the following questions.  You just need to address the formation of contract question, namely to make the initial determination whether the CISG applies.

Question One

Question Two

Question Three

Question Four

Question Five

Question Six

Question Seven

Question Eight

Question Nine

Question Ten

Question Eleven

Session 8

David Linnan
Univ. of South Carolina
School of Law

 

 

These are your promised fact patterns to work under the CISG and form contract accessible here as a separate word document.  FYI, these are actual recent cases so that I can give you the cites if you wish.  When I ask you to split up and do the buyer versus seller redraft, I will also give you some more complex fact patterns since these are somewhat plain vanilla although chosen for demonstrating specific points.

Fact Pattern One

Fact Pattern Two

Session 9

David Linnan
Univ. of South Carolina
School of Law

 

 

These are your promised fact patterns to work under the CISG and revised boilerplate form contract provisions you have prepared in redrafting. 

Fact Pattern One

Fact Pattern Two

Fact Pattern Three

Fact Pattern Four

Session 10

David Linnan
Univ. of South Carolina
School of Law

 

 

Laker Airways, 559 F. Supp. 1124 (DC 1984)

 

Trevino de Coale, Stay, Dismiss, Enjoin, or Abstain?:  A Survey of Foteign Parallel Litigation in the Federal Courts of the United States, 17 B.U. Int'l L.J. 79 (1999)

 

Reforming the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, Report of the ABA International Litigation Working Group

 

Session 11

David Linnan
Univ. of South Carolina
School of Law

 

 

Japanese Dispute Resolution:

 

Lohr, Tokyo Air Crash, NYT 03/10/82

 

Chira,  If You Insist on Your Day in Court, NYT 09/01/87

 

Upham, Law & Social Change in Postwar Japan (excerpt, 1987)

 

Kawashima, Dispute Resolution in Contemporary Japan in von Mehren, Law in Japan:  The Legal Order in a Changing Society (1963)

 

Haley, The Myth of the Reluctant Litigant, 4 J. Japanese Studies 359 (1978)

 

Ramseyer & Nakazato, The Rational Litigant:  Settlement Amounts and Verdict Rates in Japan, 18 J. Legal Studies 263 (1989)

 

Supreme Court of Japan, Outline of Civil Trial in Japan (2000)

 

Foote, Resolution of Traffic Accident Disputes and Judicial Activism in Japan, 25 Law in Japan 19 (1995)

 

Muto, Concerning Trial Leadership in Civil Litigation:  Focusing on the Judge's Inquiry and Compromise, 12 Law in Japan 23 (1979)

 

Upham, Privatizing Regulation:  The Implementation of the Large-Scale Retail Stores Law in Allison & Sone, eds, Political Dynamics in Contemporary Japan (1993)

 

 

Chinese Dispute Resolution:

 

Clarke, The Execution of Civil Judgments in China, 141 China Quarterly 65 (1995)

 

 

In lieu of providing a new reading, regarding Indonesian dispute resolution reflect again on the Manulife piece.

 

Session 12

Eileen Shibata, Esq.
Senior Counsel
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

 

 

Session 13

David Linnan
Univ. of South Carolina
School of Law

 

 

Please read

 

Mitsubishi Motors Corp v. Soler Chrysler-Plymouth, 473 U.S. 614 (1985)

 

Complex Issues in International Arbitration (Best Practices Roundtable)

 

A Practical Guide for Drafting International Arbitration Clauses

 

1958 New York Convention on the Enforcement of Arbitral Awards

Session 14

Prof. Dr. Hikmahanto Juwana
Faculty of Law
University of Indonesia

 

 

 

Preliminary (September 30, 1999) and Final (December 18, 2000) Arbitral Awards Between Karaha Bodas Company L.L.C., a Cayman Islands company (Karaha Bodas), Perusahaan Pertambangan Minyak dan Gas Bumi Negara, an Indonesian state-owned company (Pertamina), and PT. PLN (Persero), an Indonesian state-owned enterprise (PLN, as attachment to Petition to Confirm Arbitral Award and to Enter Judgment in Favor of Petitioner, Civil Action No. H01-0634, filed February 21, 2001 in US District Court, SD Texas Houston Division)

 

In the Matter of an Arbitration Between Karaha Bodas v. Pertamina, 190 F. Supp. 2d 936 (USDC SD TX 2001)(original action to enforce arbitral judgment before Texas federal district court)

 

In the Matter of an Arbitration Between Karaha Bodas v. Pertamina, Motion to Register Judgment, CV No. H 01-0634 (USDC SD TX February 15, 2002)(registration of judgment in Delaware, New York and California federal district courts)  

 

Certificate of Registration for International Arbitration Final Award of Pertamina v. Karaha Bodas and PLN, No. 01/ARB-INT/2002/PN.JKT.PST (Central Jakarta State Court, March 8, 2002)(unofficial translation)

 

Preliminary Judgment in Pertamina v. Karaha Bodas and PLN, No. 86/PDT.G/2002/PN.JKT.PST (Central Jakarta State Court, April 1, 2002)(unofficial translation, anti-suit injunction against Karaha Bodas to stop enforcement of arbitral award on a worldwide basis pending final judgment)

 

Final Judgment in Pertamina v. Karaha Bodas and PLN, No. 86/PDT.G/202/PN.JKT.PST (Central Jakarta State Court, August 27. 2002)(unofficial translation, overturning Karaha Bodas Arbitral Awards)

 

In the Matter of an Arbitration Between Karaha Bodas v. Pertamina, Motion to Register Judgment, 264 F. Supp. 2d 470 (USDC SD TX 2002)(motion for preliminary anti-suit injunction against Pertamina proceedings in Central Jakarta District Court)  

 

Karaha Bodas v. Pertamina and Ministry of Finance RI, Docket Nos. 02-7513(L), 02-7515(CON), 02-7547(XAP), 02-7715(CON), 02-7717(CON), 02-7723(XAP) (2d Cir. December 10, 2002)(appeal from order permitting execution against funds in B of A trust accounts)

 

Karaha Bodas v. Pertamina, Action No. 0203 03768, 2003 ABQB 168 (Alberta, Canada Queen's Bench, February 21, 2003) (appeal of master's order and confidential docketing upon discovery of political insurance policy)

 

Karaha Bodas v. Pertamina, [2003] 380 HKCU 1 (High Court of Hong Kong, March 27, 2003)(challenging local enforcement of arbitral award)

 

In the Matter of an Arbitration Between Karaha Bodas v. Pertamina, Motion to Register Judgment, 264 F. Supp. 2d 490 (USDC SD TX 2003)(motion to set aside judgment of December 4, 2001 on basis of discovered of newly discovered political risk insurance) 

 

Session 15

David Linnan
Univ. of South Carolina
School of Law

Lesguillons, Frustration, Force majeure, Imprevision, Wegfall der Geschaeftsgrundlage, 5 Droit et Practique du Commerce International 507 (1979)

 

Saliba, Rebus sic stantibus:  A Comparative Survey, 8 Murdoch University Electronic Journal of Law (September 2001)

 

World Bank Toolkits (download & read module 3 of the Concessions Toolkit, namely Concession Design)

 

Session 16

Timothy Manring, Esq.
Hadiputranto & Partner/Baker & McKenzie
Jakarta

Session 17

David Linnan
Univ. of South Carolina
School of Law

Session 18

David Linnan
Univ. of South Carolina
School of Law

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