Postgraduate Module Descriptor

LAWM108: Motor Insurance Law and Autonomous Vehicles

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


NQF Level7
Credits30 ECTS Value15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Matthew Channon (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


Motor insurance is big business in the UK.  It generates approximately £12bn in revenues and it issues over 20m policies every year, it employs over 30,000 people and it funds around £27m in compensation every day.  However, it is confronted by a revolution in transport due to the development of autonomous vehicles and various legal challenges are underway.  Significant reform to this area of law is therefore likely.  This LLM module provides you with a grounding in the principles of UK and EU motor insurance law, along with proposals and amendments to motor insurance law due to the introduction of autonomous vehicles.  The module contrasts UK and EU concepts of third party rights in this context and the contiguous compensatory schemes for victims of uninsured and unidentified vehicles.  The module discusses challenges regarding the introduction of autonomous vehicles and the changes proposed to enable the protection of third party accident victims as a result of this technology.

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