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LS5592: CARRIAGE OF GOODS BY SEA (2015-2016)

Last modified: 25 Mar 2016 11:37

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 charterparties; 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 None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Jonathan Fitchen

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

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.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed


Contact Teaching Time

13 hours

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

Teaching Breakdown


First attempt: 100% 3 hour open folder examination. Resit: 100% 3 hour open folder examination.

Formative Assessment




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