UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

LAWS5178 International Commercial Law

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Not available in 2017UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content This unit is designed as an introduction of international commercial law and covers a number of topics essential for the understanding of international sales and commercial transactions related to sales. The unit is built on Clive Schmitthoff's premise that commercial legal activity needs to be attuned to how business transactions are conducted. It offers insight into the interplay of commerce and business in a legal context, and looks at documentary sales and selected documentary trade terms, in the analysis of the regulatory framework of sales contracts. The unit also looks at two key ancillary contracts in commercial law, such as the financing crucial to trade (with a focus on Documentary Letters of Credit) and shipping of goods (with a focus on carriage of goods by sea).
Outcomes Students are able to (1) demonstrate (a) an advanced and integrated knowledge of commercial law in the context of commerce and business; and (b) an in-depth understanding of the global nature of trade law and contemporary approaches to harmonisation; (2) (a) apply legal reasoning to commerce issues; (b) identify and articulate key areas of conflict; and (c) identify potential solutions in the context of domestic and international trade; (3) demonstrate independent research skills and academic writing on a subject of choice relating to commercial law; (4) demonstrate (a) an ability to research and function in a group; and (b) advanced oral presentation skills; and (5) demonstrate ability to (a) conduct independent research; and (b) work with autonomy and professionalism.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) in-class group presentations; and (2) research essay (6000 words). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a Juris Doctor student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s) Professor Camilla Baasch Andersen
Unit rules
Prerequisites: for Juris Doctor students: LAWS4101 Legal Process, LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics, LAWS4104 Property LAWS4107 Land Law
Contact hours seminars: 3 hours per week

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