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International Commercial Law (Module)

Module description

This module will provide you with a basic understanding and firm knowledge of historical backgrounds, principles, institutions and actors dealing with international commerce. This includes not only an overview of the international treaty system, customary law, the role and influence of state actors and international organisations, but also a particular insight into the differences and similarities of the law governing international trade and foreign direct investment. Moreover, it will cover some of the most important and topical aspects of contemporary disputes settlement mechanisms in international business law, as well as insurance law, carriage of goods by sea and international trade and how all these three subjects interlink in commercial law.  This takes into account the role of domestic and international litigation, and includes international arbitration, ranging from ad hoc tribunals over state-to-state proceedings in international trading relations to investor-state arbitration.

This module will consist of a minimum of 45 contact hours with teaching taking place between 9 am and 5 pm from Monday to Friday. This is a sample timetable, so content and timings are subject to change.

In summer 2016, King's Summer Programmes collaborated with the Dickson Poon School of Law and Career Services to run two career panels for students enrolled on their law modules. They were moderated by King's academics from the School, and the panellists included professionals and King's alumni. Watch the video that was created for these panels for more information. 

Learning outcomes and objectives

By the end of the module, you should have:

  • acquired theoretical knowledge of the historical and institutional evolvement of the legal regime governing transnational economic activities.
  • become acquainted with academic debates and arguments as well as practical challenges in the field of international commercial law.
  • reflected critically and evaluated competently past, recent and future developments in the field of international commercial law.
  • applied legal concepts and principles of international commercial law when facing problematic cases.
  • conducted expedient research, to effectively communicate crucial aspects as well as to give legal advice on how to solve the legal conflict at hand.

Staff information

Dr Ozlem Gurses, Reader in Insurance and Commercial Law, The Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College London.

Guest speakers on this module include:

  • Sir Bernard Eder from Essex Court Chambers, who is a retired High Court judge and arbitrator
  • Jonathan Evans, a Partner at international law firm Kennedy's 

Teaching pattern

  • Lectures
  • Seminars & tutorials
  • London walks and visits to key institutions and museums
  • Private study

Module assessment - more information

  • One essay of 2,500 words (60%)
  • One essay of 1,000 words (40%)

Key information

Module code 5ZSS0136

Credit level 5

Assessment coursework

Credit value Classes can often be taken for credit towards degrees at other institutions, and are examined to university standards. To receive credit for King's summer classes, contact your home institution to ask them to award external credit. This class is equivalent to an undergraduate degree module and usually awarded 3-4 US credits or 7.5 ECTS.

Semester summer session 2

Study abroad module No