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European E-Commerce Law

Module code: LLMP 5279

Module description

This module will look at e-commerce law from a European perspective. This is because the EU has been actively harmonising the laws of the Member States in order to encourage cross border trade within the EU.

We will consider most of the following elements, which serve as the indicative content-

  • How the Internet works and the legal problems that arise
  • How contracts are formed electronically, and the issues that electronic contracting can create
  • The Brussels Regulations on Jurisdiction in case of dispute
  • The Rome Convention on the choice of law
  • The EU's e-commerce Regulations & Directives
  • Payment for goods and services over the internet
  • Trader obligations to consumer buyers
  • Information and cooling off obligations from the Consumer Rights Directive (Replacing the Distance Selling Directive)
  • The sale and supply of goods to consumers, including law imposed by the Consumer Rights Act 2015
  • The special issues raised by on-line market places or "auctions"
  • Spam and data protection, with consideration of behavioural advertising
  • Remedies available to buyers, including ADR and ODR initiatives from Europe

Contact hours per student per year

  • Tutorials: 3 hours (to be delivered within study days)


  • Assignment: 100%

Additional costs: No extra costs other than purchase of books