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Course Overview

The course examines the relevant solutions to cross-border legal problems of jurisdiction and choice of law for contract, delict and family law.  It takes full account of the relevant international, EU, UK and Scottish sources. It is an exempting course for the Faculty of Advocates exam on private international law. Students will: (a) Acquire an understanding of characterisation, jurisdiction and choice of law with a view to identifying and solving problems that may arise in international cases; (b) Develop an understanding of the importance of connecting factors, eg domicile and habitual residence.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Paul Beaumont

Qualification Prerequisites

  • One of Programme Level 2 or Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either Law (LS) (Studied) or Legal Studies (Ma Honours) (LX) (Studied)
  • LS1025 Legal System (Studied)
  • LS1522 Legal Method (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • LS2507 Private International Law (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course seeks to achieve a balance between selected matters in jurisdiction, choice of law and recognition and enforcement issues, insofar as they relate to contract, delict and family law. The course will consider:

  • Theory and Methods of Private International Law, with Specific Reference to the Role of Connecting Factors;
  • Jurisdiction in Civil and Commercial Matters (Focus on Contract and Delict);
  • Choice of Law in Contract;
  • Choice of Law in Delict;
  • Parental Responsibility and Child Abduction;
  • Jurisdiction in Divorce; and
  • Maintenance.

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

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour examination (75%) and a written assignment of 1,500 words (25%).

Resit: 1 two-hour examination (75%) with the result of the written assessment carried forward (25%).

Formative Assessment

Students will be required to make brief oral presentations in the first tutorial and will receive immediate feedback from the tutors.


As noted above, students will receive verbal feedback on their oral presentation.

The students' work on the written assessment will be returned with written comments thereon.
Students who fail the final exam have the option to go over their first paper prior to the resit.
Feedback will be provided on an ongoing basis in tutorials in the form of tutors' responses to students' contributions in class.

Course Learning Outcomes


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