Module Information

Module Identifier
LAM0340
Module Title
International Commercial Law
Academic Year
2017/2018
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 1
Reading List
External Examiners
  • Mrs Penny Carey (Associate Dean and LPC Programme Tutor - University of Hertfordshire)
 
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 10 x 2 Hour Lectures
Seminar 10 x 2 Hour Seminars
 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT ONE OF 5,000-6,000 WORDS  40%
Semester Assessment WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT TWO OF 5,000-6,000 WORDS  40%
Semester Assessment ORAL PRESENTATION  20%
Supplementary Assessment WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT ONE TO BE RESUBMITTED, IF FAILED  40%
Supplementary Assessment WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT TWO TO BE RESUBMITTED, IF FAILED  40%
Supplementary Assessment ORAL PRESENTATION OR WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT IN LIEU OF ORAL PRESENTATION TO BE SUBMITTED, IF FAILED  20%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to;
1. Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the fundamental principles, doctrines and concepts associated with International Commercial Law.
2. Use advanced legal skills and information in order to critically evaluate complex and specialised provisions and their impact on commercial activity, both at a practical and theoretical level.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the interaction between commercial activity, environmental protection and fundamental human rights and critically assess the tensions created between the competing interests.
4. Locate and evaluate the relevant literature and materials in this field and use them in critical discussions of the subject, both individually and as a member of a group.
5. Demonstrate a critical approach to complex international legal problems and present well informed analysis of these topics.
6. Demonstrate the ability to employ advanced skills and analytical tools to conduct research that shall be useful for both practitioners and academic researchers.

Brief description

The module will provide the opportunity to study, in depth, key concepts, mechanisms and issues in transnational commercial law. From the history and background to harmonisation and future directions, students will be exposed to a wide range of material. Uniquely, the module also provides the opportunity to engage with and evaluate the current challenges to commercial activity associated with corporate responsibility, environmental protection and sustainability, human rights, and the impact of information technology.

Content

1. Nature, History and Sources of International Commercial Law
2. Trade and Protection of the Environment
3. Human Rights and International Trade
4. Conflict of Laws Issues in Commercial Transactions
5. Comparative Law and International Commerce
6. International Sales and Restatements of General Contract Law
7. E-Commerce and EDI
8. International Dispute Resolution

Transferable skills

Throughout the module, students will practise and develop their skills of research, analysis, time-management, oral and written presentation. In seminars they will develop their ability to listen, understand and explain subject related topics as well as present a point of view orally and discuss their thoughts with the rest of the class; their assignments will enable them to develop their skills of independent research, analysis, presentation and writing (including data collection and retrieval, IT and time management). All learning throughout the module will be relevant to a career in any legal profession.


Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 7