LAWSG093 Carriage of Goods by Sea

Credit value: 30 credits (15 ECTS, 300 learning hours)
Convenor: Melis Özdel
Other Teachers: Alessandro Spano
Teaching Delivery: 20 x 2-hour weekly seminars, 10 seminars per term, Term One and Two
Who may enrol: LLM students only
Prerequisites: None,
Must not be taken with: None
Qualifying module for: LLM in International Commercial Law;
LLM in Maritime Law
Introductory video Currently there is no introductory video for this module
Practice Assessment: Opportunity for feedback on one optional practice essay per term (two in total)
Final Assessment: One 3-hour unseen written examination (100%)
Module Overview
Module summary:

English law enjoys a long-standing predominance in the international shipping market, as it is frequently chosen by the parties to govern their contracts of carriage. A vast amount of goods is carried around the world under contracts of carriage governed by English law. This module offers an in-depth study of the two main forms of contract of carriage, namely charterparties and bills of lading.The aims of the module, in essence, are:

  • to ensure a thorough understanding of the key aspects of the English law of carriage of goods by sea and their practical implications in light of the commonly used standard form charterparties and bills of lading;
  • to give students the ability to examine the ways in which this field of law interlinks and operates with other areas of commercial law, such as international trade and commercial conflict of laws and jurisdiction;
  • to develop students’ ability to navigate through real life legal problems by covering various key issues ranging from contract formation to remedies; and
  • to raise awareness of the major mandatory sea carriage regimes, as well as the recent discussions and attempts to bring uniformity in this area.
Module syllabus:

  • Introduction to the law of carriage of goods by sea
  • Voyage Charters
  • Time Charters
  • Discharge of charter: Performance, frustration and breach
  • Functions of bills of lading and other shipping documents
  • Carriage of Goods by Sea Act 1971 and Carriage of Goods by Sea Act 1992
  • The Hague-Visby Rules
  • The Hague Rules, the Hamburg Rules and the Rotterdam Rules
  • The governing law and jurisdiction under contracts of carriage.
Recommended materials:

  • Wilson J.F. (2010) Carriage of goods by sea (7th edition) (Harlow: Longman)
  • Cooke J. et al (2014), Voyage Charters (3rd edition) (Informa)
  • Coghlin T. et al (2014), Time Charters (6th edition) (Informa)
  • Aikens R. et al (2015, Bills of Lading (2nd edition) (Informa)
  • Treitel G. et al (2017) Carver on Bills of Lading (4th edition) (Sweet & Maxwell)

Module reading lists and other module materials will be provided via online module pages, once students have made their module selections upon enrolment.

Preliminary reading:

  • Wilson J.F. (2010) Carriage of goods by sea (7th edition) (Harlow: Longman), Part I
  • Cooke J. et al (2014), Voyage Charters (3rd edition) (Informa), Chapter 1
  • Coghlin T. et al (2014), Time Charters (6th edition) (Informa), Chapter 1