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Postgraduate Course: The Law of International Trade (LAWS11223)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis 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 covers international sale of goods, which are transported by sea/land/air, with emphasis on sea transport. It investigates the trade terms used in international sale contracts (in particular in the context of English common law and Incoterms) and analyses the resulting obligations of the parties with respect to 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. Attention is given to the manner in which the rights and duties under these obligations 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.
Course description 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)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students MUST have passed a course in Contract Law or Commercial Law or equivalent.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  25
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 40, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 352 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
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.
Feedback 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
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the legal principles of international trade transactions between private actors in general.
  2. 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.
  3. Select and apply the appropriate legal rules to provide solutions to complex legal problems.
Reading List
Additional Information
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 factual situations and to place and assess them in the appropriate legal context. Ability to identify and assess the policies relating to the subject matter.

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.
Keywordsinternational commercial law,private international trade law,international sale of goods;
Course organiserDr Simone Lamont-Black
Tel: (0131 6)50 2060
Course secretaryMiss Bethan Walters
Tel: (0131 6)50 2386
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