French Private Law II

The details
Essex Law School
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 13 December 2024
01 July 2024


Requisites for this module
LW106 and LW112



Key module for

LLB M122 English and French Law (Maitrise),
LLB M123 Licence English and French Law (Double Degree)

Module description

Compulsory for students of the LLB English and French laws. It gives an overview of the French law of obligations (contracts and torts) such as:
Principles of obligations and historical background ; formation of contract; effects of contract; remedies in case of breach of contract; general principles of Tort Law.
This module focuses on the legal methods specific to French law (especially commentaire d'arrêt).
At the end of this module students have the necessary background in the law of obligations (including the efficient use of the civil code) to pursue their studies in French private law in the partner universities in France.

Module aims

The module aims at providing students with French legal analytical and critical skills.
At the end of the module, students will:-understand the specific requirements of French law of obligations.
1. master the use of the Civil Code
2. have acquired excellent knowledge of key case law in the area of law of obligations
3. have acquired good critical assessment of the legal evolution in this area
4. Master the methodology of the commentaire d'arrêt

Module learning outcomes

Upon completion of the module, students should be familiar with French culture and have gained an understanding of the functioning of the French legal system. They should also have mastered the skills to write a commentaire d'arrêt

Module information

Lecture 1: Introduction to the law of obligations and introduction to contract law
Lecture 2: Pre-contractual phase and Formation of contract (capacity)
Lecture 3: Formation of contract (consent)
Lecture 4-5: Formation of contract and sanction (contenu licite et certain)
Lecture 6: Effect of contract between the parties
Lecture 7: Effect of contract with regard to third parties
Lecture 8: Breach of contract and remedies (1)
Lecture 9: Contractual liability and introduction to tort law
Lecture 10: Damage and causation
Lecture 11:Liability for fault
Lecture 12: Liability for damage caused by things
Lecture 13: Vicarious liability
To achieve the module outcomes, students will have lectures that will transmit the necessary knowledge of the French legal system and culture, as well as tutorials that provide the opportunity to demonstrate understanding, reasoning and analytical skills, and to master the technique of the commentaire d'arrêt.

Learning and teaching methods

This module is taught via weekly lectures and tutorials as well as pre-recorded videos and other learning tools available on the Moodle platform. The module teaching team will produce and make available on Moodle short guidance notes. The notes will also contain tips designed both to help you navigate the material to be covered in the lectures to equip you to analyse the required readings. You will be expected to have completed the required readings in advance of your tutorials. Your tutorials will enable you to discuss the material covered in lectures and the required readings, obtain feedback on your pre-class preparation and deepen your understanding of key concepts. To help you prepare in the best possible way for your tutorials, you will be completing regular small assessed activities to enable you to reflect upon and track your progress, understand what you are doing well, and give you clear feedback to help you manage your studies and your progress.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Practical   Continuous Assessment (LW208 Droit privé)    100% 
Exam  Main exam: In-Person, Open Book (Restricted), 180 minutes during January 
Exam  Reassessment Main exam: Remote, Open Book, 24hr during Summer/Long Vacation 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
20% 80%


Coursework Exam
0% 100%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Laure Sauve, email: lsauve@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Laure Sauve
The Law Education Admin Team - lawschoolug@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

Dr Marie-Luce Paris
University College Dublin
Associate Professor
Available via Moodle
Of 621 hours, 54 (8.7%) hours available to students:
567 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
Essex Law School

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