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LS501W: LEGAL PRINCIPLES (2018-2019)

Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

Those operating in the dispute resolution field need to understand some of the legal principles which underpin activity in this area. This course covers the main principles of contract law (which underpins the negotiation, arbitral and mediation contracts) tort/delict (which can be a basis for liability as an alternative to contract in arbitral proceedings) and some of the rules of civil evidence (which can apply in arbitration, with some implications around privilege and confidentiality for negotiation and mediation).

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Online Sustained Study No
  • Mr Derek Auchie

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course covers the basic principles of law which are applicable in negotiation, mediation and arbitral practice. The course is divided into four general areas covering: Legal System and Sources, Contract Law, Reparation Law (Tort/Delict) and Aspects of Civil Evidence. These subjects are taught from a UK perspective, providing a grounding in common law jurisprudence in these areas. The following topics are examples of those included in this course:

                The Legal System of the UK

                Sources of Law

                Formation of Contract

                Interpretation of Contracts

Breach of Contract

Remedies for Breach of Contract

Duty of Care in Tort/Delict

Breach of Duty of Care

Causation and Remoteness of Damage

Burden and Standard of Proof in Civil Cases

Evidential Rules around Testimony

Expert Evidence

Privilege and Confidentiality

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments


Online interaction - 20% of the overall grade; Coursework - 40% of the overall grade; Exam- 40% of the overall grade.

Students may resit the examination and/or coursework assessment, as directed by the course co-ordinator, where non-submission or failure is due to good cause. In such a case, the resit is treated as a first diet.

Where no good cause exists, students may resit the examination and/or coursework submission, as directed by the course co-ordinator, in respect of only one course per academic year of study. In such a case, the grade is capped at a D3.  

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Feedback will be provided on all online activities and coursework submissions, as a matter of routine. Students will have the opportunity for feedback on examination performance. Students will be encouraged to use feedback in future assessments. Areas for improvement will be identified.

Course Learning Outcomes


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