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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3164: Conflict of Laws

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.


NQF Level 6
Credits 30 ECTS Value 15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (12 weeks) and term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Isabelle Rueda (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


The Conflict of Laws examines the specific legal issues arising from situations that present links with more than one country: (1) which court may hear a dispute between e.g. an English and a German company? (2) which law(s) will apply? (3) under which conditions may a foreign judgment be recognised and enforced in England?

Knowledge of the Conflict of Laws (or Private International Law) is critical for any lawyer who works in areas of practice that transcend national borders. As most of the commercial disputes that are heard in London involve foreign parties, the Conflict of Laws constitutes an important part of the work of English commercial courts. More generally, this fascinating area of law is of great practical significance when advising clients in a world where legal relationships are more and more frequently cross-border.

In this course you will draw on common law as well as EU and international sources as appropriate.

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