English Law of Obligations module (LW31026)

Learn about contractual obligations and non-contractual obligations in English Law

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The law of obligations encompasses both contract law and the law of tort. This module examines how English law differs from Scots law in contract law and the law of tort.

The main difference between the two systems is a concept known as 'consideration'. All contracts involve an exchange of promises that the law considers binding. English law has a very permissive but literal version of this idea in that each promise must have a counter-promise.

The Scots law of delict (tort) is not significantly different when it comes to negligence. But, there are significant differences in the areas of nuisance and defamation.

What you will learn

In this module you will:

  • look at contract formation and interpretation
  • learn about the situations leading to the contract being set aside
  • learn about the remedies for breach of different types of terms and their implications in how contracts are drafted

By the end of the module, you will be able to:

  • analyse problem situations relating to English contract law and the English law of tort

Assignments / assessment

  • coursework (100%)
    • e.g. problem, case note or essay

This module does not have a final exam.

Teaching methods / timetable

This module will be delivered through student-led seminars.

You will be expected to read before seminars and prepare for them. This will encourage a high level of engagement in your learning.


This module is available on following courses: