Module title: International Trade Law

SCQF level: 10:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: LAW10110
Module leader: Zhongdong Niu
School The Business School
Subject area group: Accountancy Finance and Law

LAW08104 Business Law, LAW09108 Company Law.
Learning equivalent will be modules with appropriate commercial law component at SCQF level 9.

2019/0, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Zhongdong Niu
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:

Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to Los

The learning and teaching methods to be employed will be:-
1. Lectures to explain the key concepts, legal issues and up to date developments in international trade law;
2. Student led seminars

Embedding of employability/ PDP/ scholarship skills

The main employability, PDP and scholarship skills which will be embedded are:-
a) Communication - written communication skills are assessed in coursework and examinations
b) Students undertaking research and reading for coursework and tutorial/seminar preparation will be required to use both library and online resources.

Assessment (formative and summative)

Assessment for this module will comprise:-
1. One piece of written coursework of approximately 2,000 words (formative assessment) to be submitted in week 10;
2. One unseen examination in week 14/15 (summative assessment); and

Research/ teaching linkages

This will occur in preparation for coursework, the examination and seminars, and in participation in seminars. In this students will be encouraged and required to investigate research and information on International Trade law contained within relevant textbooks, journal articles and online resources. Detailed feedback on assessments will assist students in developing these skills.

Supporting equality and diversity
1. The module content includes and examines issues such inequalities in the international trade regime;
2. Key module materials and information are available on WebCT so as to cater for different learning approaches and circumstances of individual students and to assist flexible learning;

The entire module content focuses on international trade law and related issues.

Formative Assessment:
On-going formative assessment on student progress will be given during classes

Summative Assessment:
Assessments for this module are reflected in section 17.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Online Guided independent study 20
Independent Learning Guided independent study 141
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 3
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 40 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 10 , WORDS= 2500
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 60 1, 2 & 3 14/15 HOURS= 3, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Legal framework of international trade law; World Trade Organisation (WTO) law; international financial regulation; international institutions relating to international trade; international intellectual property law; international environment law; international sales law; international regulation of electronic commerce; regulation of multinational corporations.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Demonstrate a systematic and critical knowledge of the public law and private law components of international trade law in its political, economic and social context.
LO2: Analyse current legal problems in international trade law and appreciate the trends for future development, classifying issues in terms of relevance and importance, to propose solutions
LO3: Understand critically the values on which the system of international trade law is based, and evaluate its effectiveness to regulate international trade in the interests of all participants
LO4: Use the law relating to international trade within a wide political, social and economic context and weigh up the benefits or otherwise of potential reforms to the international trade framework
LO5: Identify information needs and gather relevant material systematically, making use of relevant resources including online databases, theoretical literature and current research, and communicate in written form to a high level of proficiency.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Core - JASON CHUAH (2013) LAW OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE: SWEET & MAXWELL, 5th ed. - ISBN: 9780414023253
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