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Yale Summer Session in Paris: Legal & Economic Analysis of Exchange, Contracts and Dispute Resolution

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International Study Award (ISA)

The ISA provides a stipend for one credit-bearing summer study abroad experience for eligible undergraduates receiving a Yale scholarship. You must apply to Yale Study Abroad and be approved for a Yale Summer Session Programs Abroad or Non-Yale Summer Abroad program. Yale Study Abroad does not administer the ISA. For all ISA-related details, including how to request funding, when it gets disbursed, how much funding you can expect, and more, visit the ISA website.

Program Information


Paris, France




Saturday, June 22, 2024 to Saturday, July 20, 2024



Area of Focus

Social Sciences

Distributional Requirements

Fulfills So distributional requirement


Study Center

Course Number



2 Yale credits


Sarath Sanga (Yale University)    |   Claudine Desrieux (Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas)   |   Geneviève Helleringer (ESSEC Business School /Oxford)


ECON 110 (An Introduction to Microeconomic Analysis), ECON 115 (Introductory Microeconomics), or permission of instructor.


[NOTE: Program details (overall status, dates, costs, etc.) are subject to change each summer, and the information on this page will be updated as such details are finalized.]

What happens when commerce crosses borders? What are the economic impacts of differing standards of enforcement and proof? How is legal harmony achieved? This joint summer program brings together faculty and students from Yale University, Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II), and ESSEC Business School for case study and on-site modules at the International Court of Commercial Arbitration. If international trade is in your future, this program provides a breadth of understanding no internship can match.

Professor Sarath Sanga will teach Legal and Economic Analysis of Contracts and Exchange. This course will examine how parties engaging in economic exchange often organize their relationships through written and oral contracts. Students will study, with particular emphasis on economic efficiency, the design of these contracts and the body of law that governs them. The curriculum develops through a substantive theoretical component and a practical component, with on-site modules at the International Court of Commercial Arbitration in Paris. This program takes the existing institutions of trade and contract law seriously - students will, for instance, develop familiarity with everyday trading practices and basic legal rules of exchange - and then asks whether and how they facilitate efficient trade. A principal topic of the program will be contractual solutions to the hold-up problem. Starting from seminal articles in the bilateral trade literature and the literature on breach remedies, the program will introduce students to the most recent developments of the field.

Classes will meet Monday - Thursday from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., with social and cultural events, such as visits to museums or institutions, every Friday. 


Yale Summer Session Programs Abroad updates program budgets in late January. Please note the year listed on the button below.

Summer 2024 Budget

Trips and Activities

During the first four weeks students will visit the ICC International Court of Arbitration, the Senate, and other relevant state institutions, as well as a trip to the Lourve Museum for lectures on its contracts related archival holdings.


[NOTE: Students are required to stay in program-provided housing.  There is no option for individually-arranged housing.]

Students will live in an international dorm at St. John's University - Paris Campus, in double-occupancy rooms. A continental breakfast is included daily at St. John's; students will be on their own for lunch and dinner each day. A student cafeteria with discount prices is located only two metro stops from the dorm.


Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and are expected to arrive in Paris on the first day of the program, and depart no earlier than the last day of the program (see 'Dates' above); additional information will be provided upon admission.


For course content questions contact instructor Sarath Sanga. For general program questions contact the Study Abroad staff.

Important Information Before Applying

  • All YSS Programs Abroad are intensive, highly structured academic programs for Yale credit and grades.
  • Students may only apply to one YSS Program Abroad per summer.
  • Admission is not guaranteed. Applicants should anticipate that more students will apply than there are spots available, and Yale College students should apply to a backup Non-Yale Summer Abroad opportunity.
  • Ensure that your transcript reflects how you have met the pre-requisite, if applicable, prior to applying.
  • Participants must commit to the full program dates. Late arrivals and early departures are not permitted.
  • Participants are required to be enrolled in all program courses.
  • Participants should expect evening and weekend requirements. Students who have questions about religious observance during a YSS Program Abroad are encouraged to Meet with an Adviser.
  • Program-arranged housing is required for all YSS Programs Abroad. Students are not permitted to secure independent housing. Students who have housing-related questions about placements, allergies, religious observance, or disability-related access are encouraged to Meet with an Adviser.

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