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International Commercial Litigation

Key Information

Module code
ISSU0064
Taught during
Session Two
Module leader
Dr. Murilo Lubambo
Pre-requisites
None. Standard UCL Summer entry criteria apply.
Assessment method
Presentation (25%), Exam (75%)
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International Commercial Litigation

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. Murilo Lubambo is a Teaching Fellow at the UCL Faculty of Laws, where he is tutor of the LLB Conflict of Laws module, and teaches on the International Law of Foreign Investments (LLM) module. He is also a Lecturer at the New College of the Humanities and tutor for Private International Law in the Notarial Practice Course. He was an Exchange Scholar at Yale University and a Research Fellow in the World Trade Organisation. Prior to UCL, where he concluded both his LLM and PhD, he worked in the Ministries of Finance and Justice in Brazil and in the European Commission. He has published extensively in international economic law issues. Murilo won the Valentine Korah Prize of Excellence and was the recipient of the Joseph Hume Scholarship, among other awards.

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