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Course Overview

As a result of globalisation, and, in Europe, of its recent communitarisation, Private International Law has undergone profound changes and has become a subject of increasing prominence and complexity. This course forms a foundation for the Programme LLM in Private International Law and is designed to enable students to gain an in-depth understanding of key concepts of Private International Law, including classification, renvoi, incidental question, public policy and mandatory rules. Students will also acquire insight into the role played by key institutions to develop principles and harmonize rules pertaining to jurisdiction, choice of law and recognition and enforcement of judgments.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Katarina Trimmings

Qualification Prerequisites


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?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Indicative syllabus: • Origins of Private International Law • Hague Conference on Private International Law • Theory and Methods in Private International Law • Conceptual Devices in Choice of Law: Classification, Renvoi and the Incidental Question • International Mandatory Rules and Public Policy in Choice of Law • European Union and the Development of Private International Law.

Further Information & Notes

This course is compulsory for students registered on the LLM in Private International law programme.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • Master of Laws in Private International Law

Contact Teaching Time

18 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


First attempt: 1 x three-hour written examination (75%) and 1 essay (25%) Re-sit Attempt: 3 hour examination

Formative Assessment




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