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LAW8708 Law of International Trade and Transport

Semester 1, 2016 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Law and Justice
Student contribution band : Band 3
ASCED code : 090909 - International Law

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Staffing

Examiner: Des Taylor

Requisites

Pre-requisite: (LAW5111 and LAW5112) or Students must be enrolled in the following Program: LLBH

Other requisites

Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at //www.usq.edu.au/current-students/support/computing/hardware.

Rationale

This course covers a particularly important aspect of the law and provides students the opportunity to gain specific in-depth knowledge concerning same.

Synopsis

This course examines in-depth the law concerning the international trade and transport of goods. It covers in-depth the law concerning:

(i) contracts for the international buying and selling of goods (focusing on trade terms, Incoterms 2010 and the CISG)

(ii) the international transport of goods by sea (focusing on bills of lading, the Hague-Visby Rules and similar regimes, and Charterparties) as well as the international transport of goods by air and land

(iii) international payments (focusing on documentary credits and the UCP 600)

(iv) the main method by which private international legal disputes relating to the buying and selling of goods are resolved, namely international commercial arbitration.

Objectives

On successful completion of this course students should be able to demonstrate:

  1. in-depth knowledge and understanding of the law concerning contracts for the international buying and selling of goods (focusing on trade terms, Incoterms 2010 and the CISG)
  2. in-depth knowledge and understanding of the law concerning the international transport of goods by sea (focusing on bills of lading, the Hague-Visby Rules and similar regimes, and Charterparties) as well as the international transport of goods by air and land
  3. in-depth knowledge and understanding of the law concerning international payments (focusing on documentary credits and the UCP 600)
  4. in-depth knowledge and understanding of the law concerning the main method by which private international legal disputes relating to the international buying and selling of goods are resolved, namely international commercial arbitration
  5. satisfactory skills in communication
  6. cultural literacy skills by understanding the international legal context in which international trade and transport is conducted.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Contracts relating to the international sale of goods 25.00
2. International transport of goods by sea, air and land 25.00
3. International payments for goods utilising documentary credits (also known as Letters of Credit) 25.00
4. International commercial arbitration to resolve disputes relating to the international buying and selling of goods 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/bookweb/subject.cgi?year=2016&sem=01&subject1=LAW8708)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/contact/)

  • Chuah, J 2013, Law of international trade: cross-border commercial transactions, 5th edn, Sweet & Maxwell, London.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 100.00
Directed and Private Study 60.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
RESEARCH PAPER 1 50 50 24 Jun 2016
RESEARCH PAPER 2 50 50 24 Jun 2016

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Online: There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    On-campus: Teaching will be by way of two intensive sessions, each of one week, during the teaching semester.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. Referencing in assignments:
    Students must use the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (AGLC) style. For AGLC style guide enquiries, consult the AGLC manual from the USQ Library's referencing guide at //www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing, or contact the Law librarian.