JDOC6128 International trade law I

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW6128 / JDOC6128
Course name: International Trade Law I
Programme offered under: LLM Programme / JD Programme
Semester: First
Prerequisites: Law of Contract and Law of Tort
Credit point value: 9 credits / 6 credits

1.2 Course description

This course will provide students with a practical insight into a number of areas of international trade law and the practices of the Admiralty and Commercial Courts. It will use shipping scenarios to illustrate the various contracts and issues that arise in private international trade.

The course is designed to make students research and use case law, ordinances and international conventions. It is taught in a practical way and requires students to think of commercial solutions to problems.

The course covers the following areas:

  • International Sale of Goods – the contracts and terms found in sale contracts involving an international element
  • Marine Insurance – what is covered by insurance and the duties on an insured
  • Letters of Credit – the method of financing the sale contract and the obligations on the banks and parties
  • Carriage of Goods by Sea – who has a right to sue the sea carrier of the goods, the obligations on the sea carrier of the goods and whether the sea carrier can sue anyone for their losses
  • Jurisdiction and Choice of Law – in which country a claim can be brought and which law will be applied to the claim
  • Litigation – the most useful procedures used in commercial litigation such as security for costs, freezing injunctions, orders for inspection, arrest of ships
  • Arbitration – the procedures that apply to an arbitration of a claim

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor Richard Holt rholt8law@gmail.com TBC By email

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1 Examine how international commercial sales work in practice.

CLO 2 Examine how different contracts inter-relate.

CLO 3 Examine how different causes of action inter-relate.

CLO 4 Research case law, ordinances and conventions.

CLO 5 Interpret contractual terms, ordinances and international conventions.

CLO 6 Identify and define the issues raised by a problem.

CLO 7 Assess the merits of arguments and solutions.

CLO 8 Produce practical solutions to problems.

CLO 9 Analyse and advise upon what a client wants and the consequences of particular actions.

CLO 10 Draft opinions advising on the law and procedure.

CLO 11 Demonstrate clarity and conciseness of expression.

CLO 12 Demonstrate logical, effective organisation and structure of ideas.

2.2 LLM Programme Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

PLO A On successful completion of the curriculum, students should be able to demonstrate a solid understanding of the body of legal knowledge and the capacity to conduct research on, critically analyse and evaluate legal principles, at a level required to meet the standards and expectations of the legal profession and the community at large.

PLO B On successful completion of the curriculum, students should be able to apply their legal knowledge and research skills to practical situations or theoretical challenges, and utilise their comparative understanding of the law and its political, social and cultural contexts to provide original and creative insights to legal problems.

PLO C On successful completion of the curriculum, students should be able to apply the knowledge, lawyering skills and legal reasoning to real and novel situations in life, with a view to resolving issues, problems and disputes within the legal parameters.

PLO D On successful completion of the curriculum, students should be able to demonstrate the ability to present effectively legal arguments in the professional context, as well as conveying and explaining the law effectively to lay clients and members of the larger community.

PLO E On successful completion of the curriculum, students should be able to appreciate the underlying moral values of the law and ethics in the profession and the legal system in the broad social, economic, political and cultural contexts: justice, the Rule of Law, and protection of rights and liberties which form the fabrics of a civilised society, and the importance of upholding these values by the legal community.

PLO F On successful completion of the curriculum, students should be able to develop a strong awareness of social issues and conditions, and utilise analytical abilities and rhetorical advocacy to provide leadership for the betterment of the human community.

2.3 Programme Learning Outcomes to be achieved in this course

CLO 1  ✓
CLO 10
CLO 11
CLO 12


3.1 Assessment Summary

Assessment task Due date Weighting Feedback method* Course learning outcomes
Take home assessment 2 Dec 2020 100% 1 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
  *Feedback method (to be determined by course teacher)
1 A general course report to be disseminated through Moodle
2 Individual feedback to be disseminated by email / through Moodle
3 Individual review meeting upon appointment
4 Group review meeting
5 In-class verbal feedback

3.2 Assessment Detail

To be advised by course convenor(s).

3.3 Grading Criteria

Please refer to the following link: http://www.law.hku.hk/course/grading-criteria/


4.1 Learning Activity Plan

Seminar: 3 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks
Private study time: 9.5 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks

Remarks: the normative student study load per credit unit is 25 ± 5 hours (ie. 150 ± 30 hours for a 6-credit course), which includes all learning activities and experiences within and outside of classroom, and any assessment task and examinations and associated preparations.

4.2 Details of Learning Activities

To be advised by course convenor(s).

5.1 Resources

Reading materials: Reading materials are posted on Moodle
Core reading list: TBA
Recommended reading list: Posted on Moodle

5.2 Links

Please refer to the following link: http://www.law.hku.hk/course/learning-resources/

By the publication of the course profile online, the Faculty deems the student as having been notified of the course requirements.