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International Commercial Law (Module)

Module description

Develop your understanding and knowledge of historical backgrounds, principles, institutions and actors dealing with international commerce. This modoules 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 9am and 5pm from Monday to Friday. Please see here for an indicative timetable. A detailed timetable for this module will be available on KEATS from June 2020.

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

Taught by The Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College London


Teaching pattern

  • Lectures
  • Seminars and 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