Instructor(s): Margaret Jane Radin

Additional class on Tuesday, October 9 from 2:10 - 4:00 p.m.

Note: For graduate students, the course number is LAW2075H.

Note: Students may enroll in an intensive course that conflicts with a regular course as an exception to the general rule that students may not take courses which conflict on the timetable. Attendance at intensive courses is mandatory for the duration of the course and takes precedence over regular courses.

Course Location: Please see the "Intensive Course Schedule" under Schedules and Timetables

In this intensive course we will survey aspects of the global situation regarding the legal treatment of consumer contracts. As more and more contracts are entered into and fulfilled online, fine print (boilerplate) is often delivered during contract formation. What procedures are required for successful contract formation? To what extent does fine print accompanying a consumer purchase online bind the consumer to legal terms provided by the seller?

These questions have multiple answers, depending not only upon the specifics of a particular contract, but more generally upon the jurisdiction whose law governs the transaction. Such legal diversitysuch as between the US and the EU States--makes a lawyers job of advising multinational clients both difficult and interesting. What constitutes agreement may differ among legal systems, and some terms may be readily enforceable in one jurisdiction but banned or highly regulated in another. Beginning with common law and civil law in Canada, we will look at other jurisdictions and try to develop a comparative overview regarding some specific contractual parameters such as choice of law and forum selection, warranty, and exculpatory (exclusion) clauses.

Participants will be evaluated based on a final paper of 2500 to 3000 words. Papers must be delivered to the Records Office by 4:00 p.m. on November 13, 2018.

At a Glance

First Term


20 JD


Tuesday, October 9, 2018: 10:30 - 12:20
Wednesday, October 10, 2018: 4:10 - 6:00
Monday, October 15, 2018: 10:30 - 12:20
Tuesday, October 16, 2018: 12:30 - 2:00
Wednesday, October 17, 2018: 8:50 - 10:20
Thursday, October 18, 2018: 10:30 - 12:20
Friday, October 19, 2018: 2:10 - 4:00