International Trade and Maritime Law

The details
Law (School of)
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
03 September 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

LLM M22112 International Trade and Maritime Law,
LLM M221PP International Trade and Maritime Law with Professional Placement

Module description

This is an introductory module to the LLM that has as its primary aim the acquisition of skills and knowledge that will enable students of international trade and maritime law to better appreciate and apply themselves in their studies. The module introduces students to some core concepts of common law, the role of public versus private international law and how Trade and Maritime law fit into a broader context of transnational commerce.

As such the module focusses on current issues and developments impacting on trade and shipping. We look at the harmonisation of transnational commercial law including why it is necessary, how it is undertaken and when it can be said to have been achieved. We also look at topics that have given rise to debates among shipping practitioners and academics such as Brexit and Shipping, the modern phenomenon of autonomous ships and the demands and challenges and developments in modern logistics and shipping.

Module aims

The primary aims of this module are:
1. To familiarise candidates with the techniques of dealing with common law and international conventions;
2. To provide students with knowledge and understanding of national and international law dealing with trade and maritime issues including conflict of laws and jurisdiction choices;
3. To familiarise students with the latest developments concerning shipping law and the shipping industry

Module learning outcomes

1. To interpret relevant legal materials including international conventions and regulatory policies;
2. To explain and apply legal principles relating to the field with support of primary sources;
3. To appraise and evaluate areas of debate in the field;
4. To develop competent research skills so that students can describe and justify legal reasoning with the support of cases and scholarly work.
5. To work with others on a group project on a topic within the area of the module.

Module information

Indicative syllabus
1. Introduction
The structure and variety of shipping activities and the interests to be protected. Role of the International Maritime Organisation, the governance of the IMO and the role of states and NGOs in regulation and protection of shipping interests. Conflict of Laws awareness and jurisdiction issues.
2. Common Law Concepts
The Common Law legal system and how it works; how international conventions and soft law are incorporated to UK Law; understanding case law and its role in developing trade and maritime law.
3. Trade and Maritime Law within Commerce
Looking at the different aspects of Trade including Sales, Carriage, Insurance, Finance, E-commerce and how these contracts interact as part of Commercial Law. Introducing the Wet Shipping aspects of Maritime Law such as Admiralty and Law of the Sea. How the maritime industry works and how the law supports the system, nationally and internationally.
4. Current developments in Shipping
Looking at several latest developments in shipping such as Brexit and Shipping, Maritime Labour Law, Piracy and the Restructuring of Shipping Corporations. Students will be encouraged to keep up to date with industry developments.

Learning and teaching methods

The module is delivered by 9 two-hourly interactive workshops. We will be scrutinising UK and International Law. Students will be directed to related materials throughout the course. Where readings are issued in advance for workshops we will expect students to have done the reading or/and any other preparatory work. There is no single LLM level textbook covering the entire course but you will be directed to the appropriate materials and specialist books where necessary. A number of useful books are available to students through the library’s ilaw service.


This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non-essential items, please refer to the module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Presentation    20% 
Coursework   Summative Essay    80% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Anna Antoniou, email: a.m.antoniou@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Anna Antoniou



External examiner

Dr Ebenezer Adodo
The University of Leicester
Associate Professor of Commercial Law
Available via Moodle
Of 20 hours, 20 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
Law (School of)

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