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Module Title
International Private Law

Jurisdiction, choice of law, recognition and enforcement of foreign judgements, personal connecting factors, international conventions on international private law, international private law of delict, contract, property, succession, husband and wife.

SCQF Points15
ECTS Points7.5
CreatedMarch 2003
ApprovedDecember 2012
AmendedAugust 2013
Version No.3

Prerequisites for Module

None in addition to SCQF 10 entry requirements or equivalent.

Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules


Aims of Module

To enable the students to understand the basic concepts and relevance of international private law norms and to critically analyse the concepts of jurisdiction and connecting factors and areas of substantive Scots international private law.

Learning Outcomes for Module

On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:

1. Explain the concept and apply the content of the main areas of Scots international private law.
2. Analyse different approaches taken by various international conventions and foreign jurisdictions to the use of certain connecting factors in the key areas of jurisdiction, choice of law and recognition and enforcement of judgements.
3. Critically evaluate the Key substantive legal subjects of Scots international private law.

Indicative Module Content

The concept of international private law and its purpose; the key concepts of jurisdiction, choice of law and recognition enforcement of judgements; examination of the main connecting factors used in international private law including domicile, nationality and habitual residence.
examination of the use of these concepts in international conventions and European Regulations; substantive aspects ofScots international private law such as contact, delict,marriage, civil parentship, divorce , parent and child, property and succession.

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Full TimePart Time
Lectures/ Seminars

Directed Study

Directed Study

Private Study

Private Study

Mode of Delivery

This is a lecture and seminar based module. Lectures provide core module content. Seminars develop associated higher level skills through student centred learning.

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 1,3
Component 2 1,2,3

Examination worth 70% of the overall module grade.(C2)

Written coursework exercise worth 30% of the overall module grade. (C1)

Indicative Bibliography

1.BEAUMONT P. and McELEAVY P., Anton's Private International Law (3rd edn, W Green 2011)
2.COLLINS, L. (ed), Dicey, Morris and Collins on the Conflict of Laws (15th edn, Sweet & Maxwell 2016)
3.CRAWFORD, E. and CARRUTHERS, J., International Private Law: A Scots Perspective. (4th edn, W. Green 2015)
4.HILL D., Private International Law (1st edn, EUP 2014)
5.McCLEAN, D. and RUIZ ABOU-NIGM V., Morris: The Conflict of Laws (9th edn, Sweet and Maxwell 2016)

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