Commercial Law
Cod: 41020
Department: DCSG
Scientific area: Legal Sciences
Total working hours: 156
Total contact time: 26

This course unit aims at making students familiar with the fundamental legal concepts and tools of commerce/trade.

Commercial activity
Commercial Societies
Merchant´s goods
Commercial Contratcts

Students are expected to be able to:
- Use the main concepts of commercial law
- Distinguishing commercial acts from civil acts
- Defining legally the traders
- Characterize the different stages of life of commercial companies in particular its constitution, operation, modification and termination.
- Identify and characterize the tangible and intangible assets that traders use in their activity
- Listing and featuring different types of commercial contracts

1 - Introduction to the study of Private Law
2 – Basics of Commercial Law
3 – Traders
3.1    - Merchant on individual name and EIRL
3.2    - Commercial societies
3.2.1 - Establishment of societies
3.2.2 - operating rules
3.2.3 - Modifications of societies (merger and transformation)
3.2.4 - Extinction of societies (dissolution and liquidation) - Insolvency and corporate recovery
3.3. Other economic operators
4 - The traders' property
       4.1 - Rights of Industrial Property
         4.2 - Commercial property
         4.3 - Credit Titles
5 - The commercial activity

Mandatory  bibliography

MANUEL ANTÓNIO PITA (2011), Curso Elementar de Direito Comercial, Lisboa: Áreas Editora

Complementary bibliography (optional)
PAULO MANUEL COSTA (2014), Legislação de Direito Comercial, Editora Bubok
The acquisition of this collection of legislation is not mandatory, however, in the face-to-face assessment tests - exam and p-folio - only the consultation of this edition will be allowed; The acquisition is made exclusively on the publisher's website

Additional References (optional)

CAROLINA CUNHA (2016), Manual de Letras e Livranças, Coimbra: Edições Almedina.

CATARINA SERRA (2012), Regime Português da Insolvência, Coimbra: Edições Almedina.

JORGE MANUEL COUTINHO DE ABREU (2013), Estudos de Direito das Sociedades, Coimbra: Edições Almedina

JORGE MANUEL COUTINHO DE ABREU (2013), Curso de Direito Comercial, Coimbra: Edições Almedina

LUÍS MANUEL COUTO GONÇALVES (2013), Manual de Direito Industrial - Propriedade Industrial e Concorrência Desleal, Coimbra: Edições Almedina

M. JANUÁRIO DA COSTA GOMES (2012), Contratos Comerciais, Coimbra: Edições Almedina

Other Resources
During de course other resources will be provided



Continuous assessment is privileged: 2 digital written documents (e-folios) during the semester (40%) and a final digital test, Global e-folio (e-folio G) at the end of the semester (60%). In due time, students can alternatively choose to perform one final exam (100%).

Very good computer skills; Computer vocabulary; Word processing; Internet.
Basic texts are written in Portuguese, however students are recommended to be competent in English because complementary readings may be in English.