LL4AM      Half Unit
International Business Transactions: Advanced Procedure and Tactics

This information is for the 2015/16 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Trevor Hartley NAB 7.23

Dr Jacco Bomhoff NAB 6.09



This course is available on the MSc in Law and Accounting, Master of Laws and Master of Laws (extended part-time study). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Specialism International business law.

This course is capped at 30 students. Students must apply through Graduate Course Choice on LSEforYou.


Students must have completed International Business Transactions: Commercial Litigation (LL4AL).

Students must have taken LL4AL International Business Transactions: Commercial Litigation or obtained equivalent knowledge elsewhere. Knowledge of conflict of laws (private international law) would be useful but is not essential.

 A good general understanding of commercial law is essential.

Course content

Litigation resulting from international business transactions. The following topics will be studied from the point of view of European Union law, English (common and statute) law, Canadian law and US law: Antisuit injunctions Recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments. Freezing orders and other interim measures. Obtaining evidence abroad – (i) through forum procedures; and (ii) with the assistance of foreign courts.


20 hours of seminars in the LT. 2 hours of seminars in the ST.

Formative coursework

All students are expected to produce one 2,000 word formative essay during the course.

Indicative reading

Core textbook: Trevor C Hartley, International Commercial Litigation (Cambridge University Press, 2nd edn, 2015) (specified chapters only). Further reading: Born (Gary B) and Rutledge (Peter B), International Civil Litigation in United States Courts: Commentary and Materials (Wolters Kluwer, Austin, Boston, Chicago, New York, the Netherlands, 5th edn, 2011); Fentiman (Richard), International Commercial Litigation (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2010); Hartley, “Jurisdiction in Conflict of Laws – Disclosure, Third-Party Debt and Freezing Orders” (2010) 126 LQR 194; Layton (Alexander) and Mercer (Hugh) (eds), European Civil Practice (Sweet and Maxwell, London, 2nd edn, 2004); Raphael (Thomas), The Anti-Suit Injunction (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2008.


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.

Key facts

Department: Law

Total students 2014/15: 24

Average class size 2014/15: 23

Controlled access 2014/15: Yes

Value: Half Unit

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