Postgraduate Module Descriptor

LAWM107: EU Motor Insurance

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content and order of syllabus coverage may vary, it is envisaged that it will include the following topics:

  • The history of the compulsory insurance regime in the UK, from the Road Traffic Act 1930 to the Road Traffic Act 1988.
  • The history of the EU scheme for compulsory insurance tracing the development of the scheme through the six Motor Insurance Directives.
  • The relationship between the insuring obligation and liability imposed by tort law.
  • The scheme for compensating the victims of uninsured and untraced drivers.
  • The issues raised where a claim has European cross-border implications as where an overseas motorist causes injury in the UK, where a UK motorist causes injury abroad and where a UK national suffers injury abroad in Europe.
  • Third party claims against insurers.
  • The approach of the judiciary to European law consistent construction of our national law provision.
  • The private and public law remedies for infringements of the European Directives on motor insurance.
  • The possible implications of Brexit.
  • The likely implications of new automated driving technologies.

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities30Ten lectures/seminars of three hours’ duration (format depending on class size). If the numbers are relatively small, a variety of different methods will be used, including presentation of papers.
Guided independent study100Preparation for lectures/seminars. Exactly how this split works will depend upon the numbers.
Guided independent study100Post-lecture/seminar reading
Guided independent study20Preparation for formative
Guided independent study50Preparation for summative

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).



Motor Insurers Bureau website