LL4AM      Half Unit
International Business Transactions: Advanced Procedure and Tactics

This information is for the 2017/18 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 law, Canadian law and US law: choice-of-court agreements; forum non conveniens and lis pendens; antisuit injunctions; freezing orders; arbitration and the Brussels Regulation; obtaining evidence abroad; recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments.


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

There will be a reading week in Week 6 of LT.

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, reading time: 15 minutes) in the main exam period.

Key facts

Department: Law

Total students 2016/17: 21

Average class size 2016/17: 21

Controlled access 2016/17: Yes

Value: Half Unit

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