LW663-7-AU-CO:
Contemporary Issues in Commercial and Business Law

The details
2024/25
Essex Law School
Colchester Campus
Autumn
Postgraduate: Level 7
Current
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 13 December 2024
15
15 September 2022

 

Requisites for this module
(none)
(none)
(none)
(none)

 

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Key module for

LLM M2M212 International Commercial and Business Law,
LLM M2M224 International Commercial and Business Law,
LLM M2M2JS International Commercial and Business Law,
LLM M2M2PP International Commercial and Business Law with Professional Placement

Module description

This module aims to apply the comparative and case study methodologies to examine the national and global legal, philosophical, historical and socio-political contexts of business law and commercial relationships and transactions.

Module aims

The aim of the module is to apply the case study and comparative methodologies to introduce students to the theories, concepts and models that underpin commercial practice and business law and regulation, and to enable students to describe and discuss the legal, practical and global contexts in which they operate. This module aims to provide students with intellectual knowledge and the conceptual and practical skills necessary to understand the role of public and private regulation of business relationships and commercial transactions, and to equip students with effective independent research, communication and interpersonal skills for study and employment. The module is aimed at equipping students with research methodological skills for commercial and business law and to address challenges technology, innovation in products, services and transactions may pose to commercial and business law. It is designed to enable students to identify, evaluate and undertake further independent research on commercial and business issues. It also aims to contribute to and improve students’ decision making and risk management at different organisational levels.

Module learning outcomes

The learning outcomes for the module are to:
1. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the theories, sources, models and roles of commercial and business law, and be able to describe and discuss the legal, practical and business context in which they operate, including their benefits and challenges;
2. Apply case study and comparative methodologies to demonstrate understanding of the historical, institutional, technological and other context for commercial and business law and regulatory approaches to business relationships and commercial transactions;
3. Demonstrate critical awareness of relevant issues and identify and explain key legislations, cases, texts and procedures on commercial and business law and evaluate critically the law in this field on pragmatic, commercial, moral, policy and/or other grounds;
4. Read legislation and case law and apply them critically to specific legal, business and other situations;
5. Identify and evaluate critically large and complex amounts of legal data from more than one source or jurisdiction;
6. Evaluate the business environment, and critically analyse and apply legal data to specific facts and deduce likely outcomes where law is indeterminate;
7. Demonstrate independent legal research and study skills, including multi-disciplinary research and use of library-based resources; and
8. Identify, select and organise materials and produce coherent and convincing arguments and demonstrate critical thinking and effective and persuasive oral and written communication skills.

Module information

Teaching:

Part A

Week 2
Introduction to Module and Commercial and Business Law
Research Methodologies in Commercial and Business Law

Week 3
Business Forms and Commercial Relationships

Week 4
Business, Institutions and Globalisation

Week 5
Commercial and Business Regulation

Week 6
Case Study – Branding and Corporate Identity


Part B

Week 7
Traditional Challenges for Commercial and Business Law- Certainty and Protection of Weaker Parties
Traditional and Digital Business Forms and Transactions
Standard setting in relation to Product and Services (conformity standards and remedies)

Week 8
Challenges to Commercial and Business Law in relation to Digitalisation and Innovation
(1)- New national, European and International Trade models; setting standards to deal with these (information, cancellation, conformity standards and remedies)

Week 9
Challenges to Commercial and Business Law in relation to Digitalisation and Innovation
(2) – democratisation of production and selling, hobbyists, platforms and challenges for Traditional Liability Structures and Agency principles

Week 10
Case Study

Week 11
Revision/Reading Week

Learning and teaching methods

This module is taught via weekly seminars. In the seminars, students are encouraged to learn from each other as well as from the tutor and to present what they have done orally in a suitably confident and coherent manner. Students will be expected to work independently and as a group.

Bibliography*

This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Essay (LW633 Commercial & Business Law)    100% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Christopher Willett, email: cwillett@essex.ac.uk.
Professor Chris Willett & Professor Stavroula Karapapa
lawpgtadmin@essex.ac.uk

 

Availability
No
No
Yes

External examiner

Dr Emilie Ghio
University of Edinburgh
Lecturer in Law
Resources
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
Essex Law School

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