Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
The Law and Electronic Commerce: Substantive Topics
Academic Year
Distance Learning

Course Delivery



Due to Covid-19 students should refer to the module Blackboard pages for assessment details

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Module Assessment  Written Assignment of 5,000 words  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Display a knowledge and understanding of how existing legal principles governing contractual activity can apply to electronic commerce.
2. Critically evaluate the regulatory measures in place to protect consumers? economic interests and the application of those measures in the electronic environment.
3. Display a knowledge and understanding of the legal and practical issues associated with electronic payment mechanisms and online dispute resolution.
4. Display an ability to gain access to the relevant literature and materials in this field and how to use them in a critical discussion of the issues covered by this subject.
5. Present critical and well-informed argument regarding the problems of achieving an effective regulatory balance between the interests of all stake holders involved in electronic commerce.

Brief description

This module will provide an opportunity for the student to examine key elements of commercial activity in the context of electronic commerce. The principal areas to be studied in depth include: electronic contracts, consumer protection, electronic payments and dispute resolution. Each topic will be examined to critically evaluate whether the needs of the electronic environment are met by existing principles and policies. New legal developments associated with electronic commerce will also be examined to see if they are appropriate to meet stated goals and objectives. The focus will be primarily the common law and EU/EC developments but comparisons will be drawn with other jurisdictions and bodies.


1. Electronic Contracting.
2. Electronic Commerce and the Consumer.
3. Payment Mechanisms in Electronic Commerce.
4. Dispute Resolution in the Online Environment.


This module is at CQFW Level 7