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Commercial Law: an Introduction

Commercial Law: an Introduction

An intensive summer programme designed to introduce students aged 19+ to the principles of Commercial Law.

A one-week programme, residential in a college of the University of Oxford.

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Course Summary

This course will provide students with a solid grounding in the principles of commercial law from at an international level whilst enabling students to conduct further research into commercial law at a national level should students wish to pursue the complexities of a particular country’s approach to commercial law.

Increasing levels of globalisation and the increasing globalisation of financial markets has led to increased international trade, international investments, increased cross-border transactions along with higher levels of commercial regulation, international litigation and arbitration. This course will provide students with a comprehensive and deeper understanding of how commercial law works in practice.

The course aims to develop students’ legal thinking and reasoning skills through an analysis of fundamental commercial law principles illustrated in the historical development of key cases. It will, however, also analyse the limitations of how international commercial law operates particularly as regards international harmonisation issues and the problems associated with achieving uniformity in international commercial law relationships. This analysis will also discuss the crucially important issue of the conflicts that can arise between international commercial law treaties and national laws and identify how implementation can be effectively enforced in the light of future developments

Course Outcomes

By the end of the course students will understand:

  • How to apply commercial law principles to both national and international contexts
  • How to apply commercial law thinking to further national and international commercial law case studies
  • How to assess the effectiveness of international dispute and arbitration frameworks with a view to identifying improvement areas

Course Outcomes

Monday Lecture 1: The Principles of Commercial Law- key elements
Seminar 1: Understanding International Commercial Law in practice-case studies and key readings
Tuesday Lecture 2: Arranging the transaction- The Nature of Agency and the Role of Agents
Seminar 2: Applying the principles of agency to international contract law-case study analysis
Wednesday Lecture 3: International Sales Law-problems, challenges, issues
Seminar 3: Critical analysis of international buyer and seller remedies
Thursday Lecture 4:International dispute resolution and international commercial arbitration mechanisms
Seminar 4: Assessing the effectiveness of global bodies and existing laws to resolve international commercial law conflicts
Friday Lecture 5: The conflict of laws in international transactions- problems, challenges and future developments
Seminar 5: Presentations, course review and action planning


Assessment Methods

1 x Written Assignment (500-750 words)

1 x Group Presentation


Oxford College Accommodation

  • Location Oxford
  • Ages Ages: 12+, 13-15, 16-18, 19+
  • Bedroom Type Single and twin
  • Bathroom Type En-suite & Shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1096 (University of Oxford)

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