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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3184: International Commercial Litigation

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.

Module Aims

This module aims to enable you to:


  1. identify the main issues involved in international commercial litigation scenarios;
  2. analyse and apply the domestic as well as international rules pertaining to jurisdiction, choice of law and recognition/enforcement of foreign judgments in cross-border situations;
  3. understand the connection between domestic and international rules of international commercial litigation, and determine which set of rules should be applied in a given situation;
  4. critically assess the strengths and weaknesses of the domestic and international rules of private international law applicable to international commercial litigation, and the difficulties involved in applying different sets of rules to similar case scenarios.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the main concepts, values and principles relating to international commercial litigation;
2. analyse and critically evaluate key issues related to international commercial litigation and to apply relevant rules and theories.
Discipline-Specific Skills3. demonstrate flexible capability to define complex legal problems, identify their relative significance and select appropriate methods for investigating and critically evaluating them;
4. apply legal knowledge to a problem/ case study and suggest a conclusion supported by relevant arguments and authorities;
5. exhibit the capacity to effectively use discipline-appropriate communication skills in learning activities and/or assessments.
Personal and Key Skills6. demonstrate a capacity to confidently tackle legal problems by means of a practical problem-solving approach;
7. demonstrate good research skills;
8. work independently, to complete a specified task.