Postgraduate Course: The Law of International Trade (LAWS11223)
|School||School of Law
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course examines the legal aspects of international trade in a broad context. The legal framework of the course is English law as well as the relevant international conventions and standard terms. The course examines international sale of goods which are transported by ship/road/air with emphasis on sea transport. It investigates the trade terms used in international sale contracts (in the context of English common law and Incoterms in particular) and analyses the resulting obligations of the parties regarding payment methods (with emphasis on letters of credit and bills of exchange), transportation of the goods (focusing on bills of lading and waybills) and marine cargo insurance in the manner in which these relate to one another. Due to the international nature of each of these transactions the relevant aspects of international private law and dispute resolution are examined.
Part or whole of any seminar may involve the preparation of problem questions and discussion of solutions with the class as a whole. Students are expected to learn through discussion with other members of the class. Students are expected to have studied relevant material as advised before each session and, where appropriate, have prepared answers to case scenarios.
Students are asked to give presentations in class. Active participation and contribution in class is expected from students.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| Students MUST have passed a course in Contract Law or Commercial Law or equivalent.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 40,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||The course will be assessed by means of the following components:
1) A 6,000-word essay (60%);
2) A presentation exercise comprising a recorded presentation (15%);
3) Submission of a 1,000-word literature review (10%);
4) Three multiple-choice quizzes delivered throughout the course (15%).
Each student will be required to deliver feedback on another¿s presentation. While this feedback will not carry a mark, a 5% penalty will be deducted from the mark of the student who fails to deliver it.
||Most of the sessions use case-study questions dealing with the topic that is being studied that week. Students are split into groups to consider the questions. Each week a different spokesperson from each group reports back to the class. Feedback is provided on the content and on how the questions have been analysed to assist students for the essay questions in the assessment.
There is also the opportunity to submit a short formative essay for feedback.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the legal principles of international trade transactions in general.
- Critically evaluate and analyse the laws and rules regulating international sale of goods, carriage of goods, marine cargo insurance, documentary credits & bills of exchange, and international private law and dispute resolution.
- Select and apply the appropriate legal rules to provide solutions to complex legal problems.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||LO 3. Skills and abilities in Personal and Intellectual Autonomy
» Develop original and creative responses to problems and issues.
» Deal with complex issues and make informed judgments in situations in the absence of complete or consistent data/information. Especially, capacity to engage with a holistic assessment of complex policies at the national level relating to the insurance industry.
» Identify the need for and engage with interdisciplinary cooperation to create and implement effective public policies.
LO 4. Skills and abilities in Communication
» Communicate with peers, more senior colleagues, and specialists.
» Participate to a brainstorming and contribute to a collective reflections on issue solving
» Understand a broad variety of sources.
LO 5. Skills and abilities in Personal Effectiveness
» Develop their ability to work independently under fixed deadlines.
» Develop their ability to lead and participate in team work.
» Develop their assertiveness with peers and supervising staff.
» Participate effectively in seminars and discussions.
» Develop their ability to present the outcome of independent research in a clear written and oral form.
|Keywords||international commercial law,private international trade law,international sale of goods;
|Course organiser||Dr Simone Lamont-Black
Tel: (0131 6)50 2060
|Course secretary||Miss Lauren Ayre
Tel: (0131 6)50 2002