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Module SXL-4125:
Carriage of Goods by Sea

Module Facts

Run by School of Law

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 2

Organiser: Prof Zhen Jing

Overall aims and purpose

The overall aims of this module are to critically examine the laws relating to carriage of goods by sea in international sale of goods and to enable students to gain knowledge and develop a critical awareness and thorough understanding of the statutes, common law and international conventions regarding carriage of goods by sea, such as Hague Rules, Hague Visby Rules, Hamburg Rules and Rotterdam Rules which govern the relationship of the parties in carriage of goods by sea. The contract of carriage of goods stipulates the rights and obligations of the carrier and the shipper which will be well discussed. Bill of lading and chaterparty are two most important documents in carriage of goods by sea, so these two documents will be examined and analyzed in details. As the same time the students are encouraged to criticize the current rules of law relating to carriage of goods by sea and recommend suggestions for reform on them.

Course content

The Maritime Law module is concerned with rules relating to carriage of goods by sea, maritime casualties and their aftermath. The law considered in this module is characterised by its diversity: national legislation, international conventions and case law all contributing to a fascinating mosaic in which the focus of law is a developing blend of international commercial and environmental concerns. The module commences with a brief introduction to the maritime law, and then focuses on the discussion of laws relating to carriage of goods by sea which is the major part of the module. Carriage of goods by sea is concerned with the transit of goods from the port of shipment to the port of destination in an international transaction. The contract of carriage of goods stipulates the rights and obligations of the carrier and the shipper. Common law and relevant international conventions (such as Hague-Visby Rules, Hamburg Rules and Rotterdam Convention) regarding carriage of goods by sea will be discussed and compared. The documents of bill of lading and charterparties will be thoroughly examined.

Assessment Criteria

good

Displays accomplished ability within a specialized area of knowledge and skills, employing good quality skills to conduct research. Good work in this module will demonstrate a systematic knowledge and understanding of current issues in this field of study. It shows a critical awareness of current problems, much of which is at, or informed by thinking at, the forefront of the academic discipline. Work at this level shows a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to the student’s own research. It shows an ability to apply knowledge in an original way, and to use established techniques of research and enquiry to create and interpret knowledge in the discipline. The conceptual understanding evidenced in the work indicates that the student can evaluate advanced scholarship in the discipline. The work shows an ability to evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them, and, where, appropriate, propose hypotheses.

threshold

Displays ability within a specialized area of knowledge and skills, employing appropriate skills to conduct research. Work at threshold quality demonstrates an adequate knowledge and understanding of current issues in this field of study. It shows a critical awareness of current problems, some of which is informed by thinking at the forefront of the academic discipline. Work at this level shows a developing understanding of techniques applicable to the student’s own research. It shows an ability to apply knowledge in an original way, and to use established techniques of research and enquiry to interpret knowledge in the discipline. The conceptual understanding evidenced by the work indicates that the student can evaluate scholarship in the field.

excellent

Displays mastery of a complex and specialized area of knowledge and skills, employing advanced skills to conduct research. Excellent work in this module will contain the qualities recognized in good work, but will show them in a more consistent way, and at all points. It will demonstrate a systematic knowledge and understanding of current issues in this field of study. It shows a critical awareness of current problems, much of which is at the forefront of this academic discipline. Work at this level shows a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to the student’s own research or to advanced scholarship. It shows throughout an ability to apply knowledge in an original way, and to use established techniques of research and enquiry to create and interpret knowledge in the discipline. The conceptual understanding evidenced in the work indicates that the student can critically evaluate advanced scholarship in the discipline, and do so in a consistent manner. The work shows an ability to evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them, and, where, appropriate, propose hypotheses.

Learning outcomes

    1. Critically analyse different approaches in the different international conventions (such as Hague Rules, Hague Visby Rules, Hamburg Rules and Rotterdam Rules) and common law relating to the carriage of goods by sea.
    2. Identify contradictions in the knowledge base and show how these can be resolved.
    3. Critically analyse parities’ liabilities especially the carrier’s liabilities in the contract of carriage of goods by sea.
    4. Critically analyse various documents appropriate to the carriage of goods by sea, such as the bill of lading and different types of charterparties.
    5. Enable students to apply the general principles and rules to solve real problems the parties may face in carriage of goods by sea.
    6. Autonomously synthesise information and develop new approaches to new situations.
    7. Formulate, investigate and refine suggestions for the development and/or reform of the existing law.
    8. To critically examine and analyse the rules of maritime law relating to carriage of goods.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
Carriage of Goods by Sea 100

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Private study

N/A

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Seminar

The module consists of 11x 2 hour seminars. Each seminar introduces students to the fundamental issues in a relevant area of Maritime Law. For each seminar students are required to prepare in advance and to look at essential reading together with preparation of problem questions, for which they will be expected to prepare outline answers which will enable them to participate in discussion of the questions in the seminars. The course will be taught by a combination of lectures and Socratic methods, with students required to consider hypothetical scenarios related to the seminar material. This will require advance preparation based on selected reading materials and legislation. This will provide students with the critical skills needed to assess the strengths and weakness of the legal regimes under examination.

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Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others

Subject specific skills

  • demonstrate the ability to work with others in a team to achieve reasoned, critical, comparative perspectives upon legal questions.
  • present reasoned, critical, comparative responses to the views of others on legal subjects within a Welsh, United Kingdom, European and/or global context;
  • present to others from a specialist or non-specialist background, reasoned, critical, comparative presentations relating to legal subjects within a Welsh, United Kingdom, European and/or global context;
  • write sustained critical expositions of the legal subjects studied in International, Commercial and Business Law and present the findings clearly, logically and coherently;

• demonstrate the ability to work with others in a team to achieve reasoned, critical, comparative perspectives upon legal questions. • present reasoned, critical, comparative responses to the views of others on legal subjects within a Welsh, United Kingdom, European and/or global context; • present to others from a specialist or non-specialist background, reasoned, critical, comparative presentations relating to legal subjects within a Welsh, United Kingdom, European and/or global context; • Students will acquire knowledge and a sophisticated understanding of principles of the law of the sea, advanced level theories and explore the many traditional and contemporary challenges in the law of the sea. They will receive a balanced education in the relevant law, theory, politics and practice. • Students will acquire knowledge and critical and conceptual understanding of Maritime Law principles, and how the industry operates. Students will acquire critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, informed by the latest literature, international legislation, international conventions, EU Law, and academic literature and international case law. • Students will also acquire expertise within the international law of the sea. Careful guidance over optional module choices and close supervision of dissertations will ensure that the students fully develop expertise in the area of interest. • Students will develop to become critical thinkers able to respond to the intellectual and professional challenges facing contemporary international lawyers. • write sustained critical expositions of any given area of the legal subjects studied and present the findings clearly, logically and coherently;

Resources

Reading list

http://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/sxl-4025.html

Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses:

Optional in courses: