Commercial Contract Law

The details
Law (School of)
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
05 August 2019


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Module description

This 15 credit module, taught over one term, will build on the general contract law principles taught in Contract Law introducing students to some key legal and policy issues surrounding the regulation of contracts between parties acting in the course of a business.

The module begins with discussion of applicability of the general rules of contract law to contracts between parties acting in the course of a business; and the bifurcation in regulation between such 'business to business' (B2B) contracts and business to consumer (B2C) contracts in recent times. It then considers: the implied terms and remedies applicable to supply of defective, mis-described and unfit for particular purpose goods (including issues of rejection, termination, rights to cure etc).

Next it considers the importance of corporate social responsibility for commercial contractual parties. It examines the meaning and implications of corporate social responsibility and highlights the contractual methods of promoting it. It finally compares the contractual methods with administrative enforcement.

Module aims

The module aims to enable students to understand, apply to problems and critically appraise (doctrine and policy issues related to) conformity standards and remedies in sales contracts and the promotion of corporate social responsibility in commercial contracts.

Module learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the module the students will be able to demonstrate the following:

1. An understanding of the 'place' of B2B (Business to Business) contracts in relation to general contract law, consumer law, domestic law, supranational law and debates as to values and policy aims

2. An understanding of the key sources of the relevant rules

3. An understanding of the nature/meaning of the relevant rules

4. An ability to apply the relevant rules to hypothetical problem situations

5. An ability to provide clear, well-structured and critical evaluation of the relevant rules

Module information

1. Introduction: general contract law, distinctions from consumer contract law; values; Europeanisation and globalisation

2. Implied terms as to description, quality and fitness for particular purpose

3. Remedies: -rejection/termination (including restrictions based on slight breach, rights to cure and 'acceptance')

4. Meaning of corporate social responsibility and its importance in commercial relations and contracts.

5. Contractual methods for promoting corporate social responsibility in commercial relations.

6. Comparison of the contractual method of promoting corporate social responsibility and the administrative enforcement via unfair commercial practices.

Learning and teaching methods

One two hour lecture per week
Three Tutorials


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 Summative Essay

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Professor Chris Willett, Onyeka Osuji
Law General Office, Undergraduate Administrator, telephone: 01206 872529 email: lawugadmin@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

Dr Karen Mc Cullagh
University of East Anglia
Lecturer in Law
Available via Moodle
Of 36 hours, 20 (55.6%) hours available to students:
16 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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