Private International Law (Common Law Perspectives) module (LW51133)

Discover aspects of private international and procedural law, with relevance to family and commercial cases in a European and International context.

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When an international commercial or family dispute arises it must be determined where the litigation should be heard, what law should be applied by the competent court, and in what circumstances a foreign judgment should be recognised.

Discover how jurisdictions of the common law tradition approach these issues.

What you will learn

In this module, you will:

  • discover key aspects of private international and procedural law that are of particular relevance to civil and commercial litigation in a European and International context

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

  • appreciate the policy considerations which underpin State choices in this area
  • identify material from a wide variety of legal sources and extract from it relevant information to successfully engage with the seminars and assessment
  • address legal difficulties in cross border private disputes and assess the success of the tools used

Assignments / assessment

  • coursework (100%)

This module does not have a final exam.

Teaching methods / timetable

This module will be delivered by student-led seminars, based on prior reading, allowing a high level of engagement.

Students will also receive feedback on their understanding and performance through their participation in class discussions. Students can seek assistance from the seminar leader or module coordinator.


This module is available on following courses: