Postgraduate Module Descriptor

LAWM107: EU Motor Insurance

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits30 ECTS Value15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Robert Merkin (Lecturer)





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 automated technologies and various legal challenges are underway.  There is a growing appreciation that much of the UK law provision in this area is incompatible with the European law it is supposed to implement.  Significant reform is likely.  This LLM module provides you with a grounding in the principles of UK motor insurance law, as modified by six European directives.  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.  New and controversial conflict of law issues are identified along with the relevant EU law remedies.  Cross border EU claims are considered as are the implications of a Brexit.  This module provides you with opportunities for original research in what is a rapidly evolving and dynamic field of UK and international law.  The module complements other EU modules as well as marine insurance.

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