Develop your understanding and 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.
The module is taught by King’s academics, and based on a 15 credit King's undergraduate module. It comprises 150 study hours, including teaching time, independent study and group work. A detailed timetable for this module will be available on KEATS from June 2020.
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.
Taught by The Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London
- Seminars and tutorials
- Private study
- Written assignments
Module assessment - more information
- One essay of 2,500 words (60%)
- One essay of 1,000 words (40%)