Lancaster, United Kingdom

International Commercial Law

when 10 July 2023 - 28 July 2023
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 EC
fee GBP 3355

Week 1: Formation of Business

This topic introduces international commercial law by highlighting the concept of risk in business/commercial activities, providing a brief history of commercial law, discussing various business vehicles as well as the concepts and implications of separate legal personality and limited liability.

Week 2: Management of Business

Exploring key issues in the trading phase of a commercial enterprise, you’ll consider the importance of finance/capital to commercial activities and how that finance is procured, discussing key concepts like security, guarantees, retention of title and receivables financing. Finally, you’ll consider options for resolving international commercial disputes, with the focus on globally used measures of arbitration.

Week 3: Insolvency and Commercial Transactions

You’ll explore the notion of insolvency as a pervasive issue in international commercial law. It will highlight the impact of insolvency on commercial activity as well as the twin ideals of insolvency regimes to facilitate the restructuring/rescue of an insolvent entity or to procure a sensible distribution of available assets to creditors. Finally, the future of insolvency and other commercial law regimes in light of Brexit will be considered.

Intercultural and social experience

Throughout the three weeks, you will be accompanied by Lancaster Student Ambassadors who will help you settle into Lancaster, showing you around campus, and answering your questions. They will also lead evening social activities and weekend trips, giving you plenty of chances to make new international friends.

A two-night trip to London is also included in the programme.

For more details about Lancaster’s Global Summer Schools, including information on each programme, how to apply, entry requirements, etc. please visit our webpage.

Course leader

Lancaster’s Law School

Target group

To participate in one of our summer schools, you must meet the following criteria:

- Be at least 18 years old at the start of the programme.
- Where applicable, meet pre-requisites for the chosen programme. See the programme package for more details.
- Be in good academic standing and on track to pass year 1 of studies.
- If you come from a country where English is not an official language, you will need to provide proof of your language ability.

Course aim

You will experience legal studies with both a basis in English law and legal methods, and a focus on international perspectives and issues. In addition to the seminars, lectures, and group work on campus, you’ll also spend two nights in London, exploring and experiencing law in one of the global hubs of international commercial law.

Credits info

7.5 EC
Students who complete this course are awarded 15 LU / 4 US / 7.5 ECTS credits.

Fee info

GBP 3355: This fee includes:

- Tuition
- Catered ensuite single room on campus, or an approved off campus room
- Most meals
- Range of evening activities
- Two-night trip to London

Meals are not provided when away from campus during scheduled overnight trips, e.g. London. The accommodation facilities will vary if you stay away from Lancaster University as part of the scheduled programme.


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