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Carriage of Goods by Sea (LAWS0241)

This module offers an in-depth study of the two main forms of contract of carriage, namely charter parties and bills of lading.

English law enjoys a long-standing predominance in the international shipping market, as it is frequently chosen by the parties to govern their contracts of carriage. A vast amount of goods is carried around the world under contracts of carriage governed by English law. This module offers an in-depth study of the two main forms of contract of carriage, namely charterparties and bills of lading. The aims of the module, in essence, are:

  • to ensure a thorough understanding of the key aspects of the English law of carriage of goods by sea and their practical implications in light of the commonly used standard form charterparties and bills of lading;
  • to give students the ability to examine the ways in which this field of law interlinks and operates with other areas of commercial law, such as international trade and commercial conflict of laws and jurisdiction;
  • to develop students’ ability to navigate through real life legal problems by covering various key issues ranging from contract formation to remedies; and
  • to raise awareness of the major mandatory sea carriage regimes, as well as the recent discussions and attempts to bring uniformity in this area.

Module Syllabus

•    Introduction to the law of carriage of goods by sea
•    Voyage Charters
•    Time Charters
•    Functions of bills of lading and other shipping documents
•    Carriage of Goods by Sea Act 1971 and Carriage of Goods by Sea Act 1992
•    The Hague-Visby Rules

Recommended Materials

•    Wilson J.F. (2010) Carriage of goods by sea (7th edition) (Harlow: Longman)
•    Cooke J. et al (2014), Voyage Charters (4th edition) (Informa)
•    Coghlin T. et al (2014), Time Charters (7th edition) (Informa)
•    Aikens R. et al (2015), Bills of Lading (2nd edition) (Informa)
•    Treitel G. et al (2017) Carver on Bills of Lading (4th edition) (Sweet & Maxwell)

Module reading lists and other module materials will be provided via online module pages, once students have made their module selections upon enrolment.

Preliminery Reading

•    Wilson J.F. (2010) Carriage of goods by sea (7th edition) (Harlow: Longman), Part I
•    Cooke J. et al (2014), Voyage Charters (4th edition) (Informa), Chapter 1
•    Coghlin T. et al (2014), Time Charters (7th edition) (Informa), Chapter 1

Key Information

Module information
Credit value:45 credits (450 learning hours)
Convenor:Melis Özdel
Other Teachers:

None

Teaching Delivery:Teaching for all LLM modules in 2020-21 will be delivered through a combination of pre-recorded and synchronous live teaching
Who may enrol:LLM Students Only
Prerequisites:

None

Must not be taken with:None
Qualifying module for:

LLM in International Commercial Law;
LLM in Maritime Law

Assessment
Practice Assessment:TBC
Final Assessment:

24hr exam – 2500 word case study (50%)

3000 word essay (50%)