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Course Overview

The course introduces the student to the way in which foreign legal issues affect the domestic litigation and legal practice of selected issues of private law. We examine issues such as establishing and defending jurisdiction, deciding what law should be applied to a given matter, and how to enforce or otherwise use any resulting judgment or settlement across borders in other legal systems. We will look at how Scotland, England & Wales and the EU use private international law to address these issues. Not less importantly, we examine relevant international conventions that have been adopted under the auspices of the Hague Conference on Private International Law.

This is an exempting course for the Faculty of Advocates exam on private international law.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Katarina Trimmings

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

  • LS1025 Legal System (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either Law (LS) (Studied) or Legal Studies (Ma Honours) (LX) (Studied)
  • One of Programme Level 2 or Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4 or Programme Level 5

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

The course balances selected matters of jurisdiction, choice of law and recognition and enforcement issues, insofar as they relate to contract and delict obligations. The course will consider:

  • The role of Private International Law in the Scottish, English and EU Legal Systems;
  • When does a court have Jurisdiction in "Civil and Commercial Matters" (focus on Contract and Delict cases);
  • How to decide what is the applicable law for contractual obligations;
  • How to decide what is the applicable law for delictual obligations;
  • How to use the judgment / settlement across national borders by means of its recognition and enforcement
  • We will examine international conventions
  • We will examine family law issues.

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

2x multiple choice exam 25% each

1500 word essay 50%


Resit: resubmission of failed element

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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