Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3184: International Commercial Litigation

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.


NQF Level 6
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Isabelle Rueda (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


International commercial litigation examines the legal issues arising from commercial situations that present links with more than one country: (1) which challenges should be considered and taken into account before entering into a cross-border commercial transaction? (2) which court may hear a dispute between e.g. an English and a Singaporean company? (3) which law(s) will apply to a contract concluded between a German company and a Welsh consumer? (4) under which conditions may a foreign judgment be recognised and enforced in England?

Knowledge of the rules regarding international commercial litigation is critical for any commercial 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, international commercial litigation 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 international sources – with comparative insights on foreign legal systems when relevant.

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