Saint-Louis University - Bruxelles

HDDR1311 - General Commercial Law


Credits : 6

Lecturer :
Mode of delivery :
Face-to-face , first term, 45 hours of theory.

Timetable :
First term
Tuesday from 17:15 to 20:15 at 43 Botanique 5

Language of instruction :
This course is taught in French.
Some decisions of jurisprudence or documents analysed in class may however be in Dutch.

Learning outcomes :
This course provides a general background in commercial law.

The main objectives are the understanding and mastery of the concepts (especially through their comparison), their application to concrete situations, and the development of a critical mind.

Prerequisites :
For the Bachelor in Law (Evening Programme) :

Co-requisites :

Course contents :
This course is structured around the following subjects:
I. General theory (Th. Léonard)
II. Introduction to corporate law (Th. Léonard)
III. Introduction to european competition law (Th. Léonard)
IV. Trade practices and consumer protection (Th. Léonard)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods :

Although the lecture is based on the Manuel de droit de l'entreprise (Anthemis, 2019), the structure adopted in class is not necessarily identical.

Assessment methods and criteria :
I. Material subject to evaluation
Unless otherwise specified by the professor, the assessment will focus on:
- the subject matter covered during the lectures
- the documents analysed in class

Naturally the assessment covers the subject matter taught during the academic year in which the examination takes place.

It is important to draw the students' attention to the difficulty and level of requirement of the course. The course material is abundant and requires a "vertical" as well as "transverse" and reflective study. This difficulty can be overcome by means of attendance to lectures, regular study of the course material and, if necessary, addressing the teachers if certain points remain unclear.

II. Assessment methods

An oral examination is organized in january and september. Normaly in « face-to-face » but it could be online if required by the health situation.

It can include questions of knowledge, reflection, the application of theoretical principles to concrete situations.

Each teacher will evaluate students on the subjects he has personally taught.

The main evaluation criteria are:
1) the adequacy of the answer in regards to the question as it is formulated;
2) the understanding and accurate formulation of the applicable rules of law;
3) the rigor, clarity and precision in the formulation and explanation of the answers;
4) the ability to comprehend in a reflective and critical manner the legal issues that are submitted.

III. Authorised documents and references

During the entire examination, the students may have at their disposal:
- their code(s)
Students are however not allowed to bring codes that include summaries of jurisprudence.
- additional legislation and regulations relating to the studied subject matter
- if the exanimation is « face-to-face », the decisions of jurisprudence, providing, however, that the students are in possession of the complete/original versions (excluding the excerpts and summaries of jurisprudence).

The authorised documents in accordance with the rules mentioned above, may:
• be underlined or highlighted (fluorescent)
• include a reference to a law or regulation and/or to a decision of jurisprudence (in this case, only the seized court and the decision date are authorised, nothing more)
• Mention a keyword or group of keywords used for classification purposes, to facilitate the search of the relevant legal or statutory provisions (such as the code title or title of a special law studied during the course).
No reference in terms of content material or structure of the course is allowed.

Any non-compliance with the instructions mentioned here above will be brought to the attention of the President of the Jury (see spec. article 28 of the General Examination Regulations). It is the responsibility of each student to personally ensure compliance with these instructions.

IV. Students entitled to exemptions
Are only taken into account the exemptions officially recognised by the Faculty (by the CEVA Commission that reports to the juries): no unofficial exemption will therefore be given by the professors whatever the circumstances or marks previously obtained by the student.

Students who were formally exempted from part of the subject matter are invited to:
- Check with teachers at the beginning of the term, the dates/times at which the subjects that remain on their particular programme will be given;
- Send an email to the teachers no later than two days before the exam date so that special arrangements can be made for the evaluation;
- On the day of the exam, bring a copy of the official exemption document.

Recommended or required reading :
An orientational bibliography is to be included in the Commercial law handbook.

Other information :
H. Culot, Y. De Cordt, H. Jacquemin, Th. Léonard, Manuel du droit de l'entreprise, Anthemis, 2019, available with preferential price at the « service de reprographie de l'Université Saint-Louis ».