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International Commercial Litigation

Key Information

Module code
ISSU1061
Taught during
Session 2
Module leader
Dr Ugljesa Grusic
Pre-requisites
None. Standard UCL Summer entry criteria apply.
Assessment method
Group presentation (25%), final exam (75%)
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Module overview

Does the court have the power to hear and decide a dispute arising out of an international commercial transaction? Will that power be exercised? Which law will be applied to resolve an international contractual, tortious or property dispute? Once the court gives a judgment, will that judgment have any effect outside the territory of the court?

This module introduces students to the legal regulation of commercial relationships having strong connections with more than one legal system. Although the focus is on litigation before English courts, an international perspective will be adopted. The traditional English principles and rules concerning international commercial litigation form the basis of the law in many, primarily common law, jurisdictions. Since much of the law in this field in England has now been Europeanised, special emphasis will be placed on the relevant principles and rules of European Union law applicable before the courts across Europe.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, students will:

  • be able to differentiate between, and delineate the scope of application of, the European Union and common law regimes governing international commercial litigation before English courts
  • have acquired the practical skills and knowledge necessary to determine the circumstances in which an English court will hear and decide an international commercial dispute
  • have acquired the practical skills and knowledge necessary to determine the effects of a foreign judgment in England
  • have acquired the practical skills and knowledge necessary to determine the law governing an international commercial dispute
  • have acquired the practical skills and knowledge necessary to manage complex international litigations, draft jurisdiction and choice of law agreements, and analyse and argue legal issues

Module prerequisites

This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). No prior subject knowledge is required to study this module but students are expected to have a keen interest in the subject area.

Module hours

Classes (usually three or four hours per day) take place on the Bloomsbury campus from Monday to Friday any time between 9am and 6pm.

Assessment

  • Group presentation (25%)
  • Final exam (75%)

Module leader

Dr Ugljesa Grusic convenes the LLB Conflict of Laws module, and teaches on the Tort Law (LLB), International Commercial Litigation (LLM) and International Arbitration (LLM) modules at UCL. He is an author of the latest edition of a leading textbook in the field of private international law, Cheshire, North & Fawcett’s Private International Law (Oxford University Press, 15th edn, 2017). Ugljesa won two most prestigious prizes given to young private international law scholars in the English-speaking world: the 2015 PILIG Prize of the American Society of International Law’s Private International Law I

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