LW6016 - The Law of International Trade

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What will I learn on this module?

You will gain knowledge and understanding about the legal processes and issues concerning an international sale of goods contract between a Seller In one country and a Buyer in another country in a Business to Business (B2B) relationship, and also a contract of affreightment for the transportation of those goods between the Seller and the Buyer. With respect to the international sale of goods contract, you will gain knowledge and understanding about the application of the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG), INCOTERMS 2010 Trade Terms, Letters of Credit and the Uniform Customs and Documentary Credits (UCP) 600, Art 2 on Sales of the US Uniform Commercial Code (Art 2, UCC), and the English Sale of Goods Act (SOGA) 1979. With respect to the contract of affreightment, you will gain knowledge and understanding about the application of carriage of goods by sea (Charterparties and Bills of Lading, the Hague, Hague-Visby, Hamburg, and Rotterdam Rules), air (Warsaw and Montreal Conventions), road (the CMR) and rail (the COTIF).

How will I learn on this module?

The module consists of lectures and seminars. Topics are introduced and explained in lectures which are interactive between lecturer and students. Questions and case studies about topics previously introduced in lectures are discussed in seminars which are interactive between lecturer and students. Students are assessed by means of a 2500 word research essay (a problem question) which serves as a learning experience for students as they bring together the individual topics they have studied in order to formulate an answer in their essay.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported by your interaction with the lecturer in seminars where you can ask any questions you may have about the substantive material of the module and how it works in practice. You will be supported outside of lectures and seminars by being able to discuss any problems you may encounter in understanding the substantive material of the module by means of private appointment with the lecturer. You will be supported by discussion in respect of short answer questions and problem scenarios in seminars. A formative (practice essay) is provided to students in the seminar materials and is discussed in the seminars. The usual university support services are available.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• A systematic and in depth knowledge and understanding of key aspects of the law of international trade, demonstrating detailed and coherent understanding.
• You will be aware of key current legal issues and developments in the law of international trade and be able to evaluate this specialist knowledge in the context of a written problem or essay question.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• An ability to consolidate and apply knowledge and understanding to complex legal problems in order to find solutions and to evaluate and justify those solutions in writing

• An ability to conduct self-directed research including accurate identification of issues, including the retrieval and evaluation of relevant, current information from a range of sources to answer a problem or essay question relating to the law of international trade.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment consists of your participation in lectures (i.e., asking questions when you do not understand something) and your participation in seminars (i.e., preparing seminar questions before each seminar and asking questions when you do not understand something) whereby you can gauge your understanding of the material. A formative assessment or practice question is included in the seminar materials.

Summative assessment consists of your researching and writing a 2500 word research essay on a fact-based problem, similar to a position paper in a business organization or a legal memorandum in a firm of solicitors or a counsel’s opinion in a set of barristers’ chambers.

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

The Law of International Trade is the study of legal principles applied to International Business Transactions: (1) how a Seller in one country and a Buyer in another country enter into an international sale of goods contract in a Business to Business (B2B) relationship and the legal principles applied to that relationship; and (2) how the goods subject to the contract are transported between the Seller and the Buyer and the legal principles applied to the carriage of goods by sea, air, road, and/or rail in a contract of affreightment. Lectures are interactive between the lecturer and students. Seminars are also interactive between the lecturer and the students and reinforce material covered in lectures. The module is practical in nature and is taught purely from an international perspective so that students from any legal jurisdiction (country) may apply the material they study no matter where they ultimately are located in the world. Students complete a 2500-word research essay assessment that prepares them for practical employment situations in business and industry world-wide or in the legal professions in any jurisdiction world-wide.

Course info

UCAS Code 8G12

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time

Department Newcastle Business School

Location Law and NBS Building, City Campus East

City Newcastle

Start September 2019 or September 2020

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