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LS5592: CARRIAGE OF GOODS BY SEA (2020-2021)

Last modified: 05 Aug 2021 13:04

Course Overview

We look at the issues arising from the use of a ship to transport goods from buyer to seller when each is based in a separate legal system. We examine the contract of affreightment; the relevance of charter parties; the possibilities offered by Bills of Lading and analogous ‘documents’ (whether electronic or not). We consider the law concerning a cargo claim as it may involve the Hague Rules, the Hague-Visby Rules, the Hamburg Rules. We also evaluate the Rotterdam Rules. We consider international commercial dispute resolution of cargo claims by arbitration and litigation.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Jonathan M Fitchen

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

  • Law (LS) (Studied)
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • Master of Laws in International Law and Strategic Studies (Studied)
  • Diploma in Professional Legal Practice (Studied)
  • Master of Laws in International Law and International Relations (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course will consist of the following topics:- 1) The contract of affreightment, 2) Charterparties – Demise Charterparties, Voyage Charterparties and Time Charterparties, 3) Bills of Lading – operation / legal issues (also a bit on Waybills) , 4) Comparing the mandatory rules provided by the Hague Rules, the Hague-Visby Rules and the Hamburg Rules, 5) The impact of the Rotterdam Rules, 6) International Commercial dispute resolution, Arbitration and Litigation.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

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Summative Assessments


2x 2500 word essay 50% each


Resit: resubmission of failed elements

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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