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French Law of Contract

Module titleFrench Law of Contract
Module codeLAW3051
Academic year2023/4
Module staff

Dr Isabelle Rueda (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks



Number students taking module (anticipated)


Module description

In this module, you will examine the French law of contract, from the pre-contractual negotiations to the extinction of the effects of the contract and the remedies in case of non-performance. The emphasis is on the analysis of the main concepts, principles and rules in the context of real-life situations and in the light of French historical, social and philosophical evolutions. The size of the group is conducive to interactive learning activities which build on the experience of the French law methods gained throughout the first and second years, thus completing your preparation for your fourth year in Rennes.

Module aims - intentions of the module

The French Contract Law module constitutes the third part of the teaching of the LLB inEng. Law and French Law/Master 1 (Maîtrise) dedicated to French Law. It is taught entirely in French and reflects the way law is taught in France. This French Private Law module is designed to provide you with a sound knowledge of the French Law of Contract. You are expected to acquire a confident command of the French Law of Contract, develop the ability to express yourselves on sophisticated French legal issues, analyse them critically and apply the law with insight. An important part of the course is dedicated to the French legal methodology in order to equip you for the preparation of a French Master 1 in Law during your year abroad.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. demonstrate an accurate and contextualised understanding of the French Law of Contract and of how to use the French Civil Code effectively;
  • 2. identify and critically discuss sophisticated legal issues both in theoretical and in practical contexts.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 3. demonstrate understanding of a range of legal rules, concepts, values and principles, and ability to explain and discuss the relationships among them;
  • 4. make an informed and reasoned judgement about the merits and relevance of alternative arguments.

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 5. demonstrate effective and accurate written communication skills in French in a manner appropriate to the discipline and according to the French legal methodology;
  • 6. identify, retrieve and use efficiently a range of French legal resources.

Syllabus plan

Whilst the precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover all or some of the following topics:


  • Introduction to French contract law;
  • Negotiation of contracts;
  • Formation of contracts;
  • Conditions of validity of contracts;
  • Effects of contracts;
  • Remedies in case of non-performance.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Learning and Teaching activity44Lectures
Learning and Teaching activity14Tutorials
Learning and Teaching activity77 x 1 hour individualised feedback sessions
Guided Independent study90 Pre-lecture reading
Guided Independent study52Tutorial preparation and essay consolidation of lecture notes
Guided Independent study90 Independent study

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Written assignments (seven opportunities + a 3-hour mock exam)2,500 words each (maximum)1-6Oral and written feedback on a collective and/or individual basis

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Restricted-note unseen examination1003 hours1-6Individual written feedback

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Restricted-note unseen examinationRestricted-note unseen examination (3 hours)1-6August/September re-assessment period

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Basic reading:

Code Civil, Lexis Nexis, Latest edition

F. Terré, Ph. Simler, Y. Lequette & F. Chénedé, Droit civil - Les obligations, Précis Dalloz. Latest edition

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources


Web based and electronic resources: (via the website of the Library) (via the website of the Library)

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

French Law books available in the Library (bibliography on ELE)

Key words search

Agreement, Contract, French law, Pre-contractual negotiations, Conclusion of the contract, Validity of the contract, Effects of the contract, Breach of contract, Contractual liability

Credit value30
Module ECTS


Module pre-requisites

LAW2033 This course is designed for LLB in English Law and French Law - EXETER / Master 1 (Maîtrise en Droit) - RENNES I students only. Anybody outside the programme wishing to attend this module should contact Dr F.O. Rolland.

Module co-requisites


NQF level (module)


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