International Trade Law

The details
Law (School of)
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
12 August 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

LLM M2M212 International Commercial and Business Law,
LLM M2M224 International Commercial and Business Law,
LLM M2M2PP International Commercial and Business Law with Professional Placement,
LLM M10212 International Trade Law,
LLM M10224 International Trade Law

Module description

What are the key legal principles underlying international trade transactions? How is English law applied to international trade? What international instruments help establish an autonomous law of international trade? What current issues are caused by new technology? Understand, develop and deploy legal arguments in the context of international trade law.

Module aims

The module aims to provide an overall examination of the major principles which underlie international trade transactions particularly as they relate to the international sale contract and to international trade finance, the contracts of carriage, commercial arbitration. The module will examine English law as applied to international trade since a large number of international transactions continue to be subject to English law. The module will also examine relevant international instruments which reflect efforts towards establishing an autonomous law of international trade.

Module learning outcomes

At the end of the course students would be expected:

- to have a systematic understanding of the key legal principles underlying international sale of goods and carriage of goods by sea transactions and of international commercial dispute resolution;
- to be able to understand accurately and critically important legislation and other legal instruments applicable in the context of international trade transactions;
- to be able to accurately and critically analyse important judicial and arbitral decisions and to apply judicial and arbitral decisions in various and divergent factual situations arising out of international trade transactions;
- to be able to develop and deploy arguments, critically analyse arguments and legal propositions in the context of international trade law and to develop or apply these arguments in various settings whether e.g. scholarly, in litigation, or in the context of provision of legal advice.

Module information


1. A Typical International Trade Transaction

2. The Law Relating to the International Sale of Goods

3. Carriage of Goods by Sea

4. Payment and Finance in International Trade

5. International Commercial Arbitration

Learning and teaching methods

There will be 21 two-hour lectures as well as 8 one-hour tutorials.


  • Goode, Royston Miles. (©2016) Goode on commercial law, London: Penguin Books.
  • (2018) Maritime Law: Informa law from Routledge.
  • (2018) Maritime Law, Abingdon: Informa law from Routledge.
  • (2018) Maritime law, Abingdon: Informa law from Routledge.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework LW327 - Formative Essay 28/11/2019 100%
Coursework LW327 - Summative Essay 14/02/2020 0%
Exam 180 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main)

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
25% 75%


Coursework Exam
25% 75%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Anil Yilmaz Vastardis, email: ayilma@essex.ac.uk.
Miss Lijie Song, Dr. Anil Yilmaz Vastardis
Law General Office, 01206 872529, lawugadmin@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

Dr Ebenezer Adodo
The University of Leicester
Associate Professor of Commercial Law
Available via Moodle
Of 76 hours, 44 (57.9%) hours available to students:
32 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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