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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

LAW5338M International E-Commerce Law

15 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Dr Subhajit Basu

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Module replaces

LAW5326 E-Commerce Law; LAW5327 E-Commerce Law

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The module critically examines a selection of issues relevant to the development of e-commerce. The aim is to provide an in-depth analysis and examination of electronic contracts and consumer protection issues raised by e-commerce. Because of the nature of e-commerce the policy issues are relatively global; hence we will not so much be interested in a case by case analysis of UK law, but rather will be looking at the current European Union directives and the policies that regulate different aspects of e-commerce. Comparisons will be made with laws in other jurisdictions and the problems relating to differences in legal systems.


On completion of this module, students should be able to demonstrate:
- an informed understanding of the principle legal issues and approaches relating to e-commerce;
- an understanding of the concepts and issues which have shaped the development of the international e-commerce;
- a detailed understanding of different aspects of electronic transactions, especially electronic contracting;
- critical understanding of consumer protection issues raised by e-commerce;
- an ability to undertake a substantial and advanced literature search involving both IT (electronic resources including the Internet, Lexis and WestLaw) and hard copy data resources.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module the students will be aware of the legal and policy issues which are intimately connected with global e-commerce.

Skills outcomes
- Draw on skills developed in the retrieval, collation, and presentation of information (communication)
- Draw on analytical skills developed in the comparative understanding of concepts (problem solving)
- Critically read and comparatively evaluate literature (learning to learn)


1. Introduction to E-Commerce: Technology to Business to E-business (E-Commerce in Recession) (1)
2. Laws relating to the formation of electronic contracts (Contractual liability and formalities (1)
3. Encryption, electronic signatures, digital signatures and third party services (1)
4. Consumer Protection: right to information; rules on advertising; spam; enforcement of consumer protection legislation (1)
5. Data Protection: Regulation of trans-border data flows both within Europe and between European countries and the rest of the world (1)

Teaching methods

Private study hours150.00
Total Contact hours0.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

The School is committed to providing an excellent student education and experience. This will involve a variety of teaching methods and follow a blended learning model, including meaningful on-campus in-person teaching for all students. Further information regarding teaching delivery will follow.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 4,000 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 02/09/2021 17:02:41


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