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International Commercial Law (Session Two)

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3 weeks

Available course dates:

From: 17 July 2023 To: 28 July 2023
Application deadline: 31 May 2023

Course overview

Undergraduate Summer School modules are intellectually stimulating, dynamic and highly participative. They are taught by leading King’s academics who are experts in their field. Classes are highly international with students from all over the world.

Each module comprises 150 study hours, including teaching, independent study and group work. Our undergraduate modules are examined to university standards and can be taken for credit towards degrees at other institutions.

This module is based on a 15-credit King’s undergraduate module and therefore typically awarded 3-4 US credits or 7.5 ECTS. To receive credit for King's summer modules, contact your home institution to ask them to award external credit.

What does this course cover?

This intensive, rigorous module will develop your understanding and knowledge of the key principles, institutions and actors dealing with international commerce and legal systems. 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 dispute 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. The module is taught by King’s academics from the Dickson Poon School of Law.

What will I achieve?

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.

Who is this for?

The King's College London Undergraduate Summer School is open to students who are currently, or have been, enrolled in an undergraduate degree programme. We also welcome applications from professionals who have substantial relevant experience in their chosen subject area.

You should ensure that you are eligible to apply before you submit your application by checking our academic and English language entry criteria.

How will I be assessed?

  • Coursework (2,500 word essay) 60%
  • Coursework (500 word blog post; two 250 word response) 30%
  • In-class participation (contributing 2 times per week) 10%

What is the teaching schedule?

Undergraduate Summer School modules comprise 150 study hours over three weeks, which includes a minimum of 45 hours contact hours, as well as independent study, team project work and assessment preparation.

Teaching takes place between 9am and 5pm from Monday to Friday in one of our central London campuses. Students will receive their module timetable before they arriving on campus in June 2022.

Further information

This module can be taken as a residential programme. The residential module fee is £3375. Students on the residential programme can check into accommodation on the day prior to the start date (Sunday) and will check out on the day after the course ends (Saturday).

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Places available

Full fee £2175

Application fee £60



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