General Course Information

1.1 Course details

Course code: JDOC1010
Course name: Commercial Law
Programme offered under: JD Programme
Semester: Second
Prerequisites / Co-requisites: No
Credit point value: 6 credits

1.2 Course description

This course introduces students to the fundamental legal concepts and principles relating to commercial law in Hong Kong and covers the following topics:

A: Personal Property

  • Types of Personal Property
    • Chose in Possession
    • Chose in Action
  • Types of Rights and Interests
    • Possession
    • Ownership
  • Legal and Equitable Assignment

B: Sale of Goods

  • Scope and Application of the Sale of Goods Ordinance (Cap. 26)
  • Passing of Property
  • Transfer of Risks
  • Transfer of Title and the Nemo Dat Rule
  • Implied Terms
  • Duties and Remedies of Seller and Buyer

C: Agency

  • Creation of Agency
  • Types of Authority
  • Undisclosed Agency
  • Effects of Agency
  • Duties of an Agent
  • Termination of Agency

D: Credit and Security

  • Types of Security
    • Real Security – Pledges, Liens, Mortgages, Charges
    • Personal Security – Guarantee, Indemnity
  • Rules of Priority

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor Eva Tam esnt901@hku.hk CCT 514 By email

Learning Outcomes

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1 A critical understanding of the statutory and case law principles in commercial law.

CLO 2 An appreciation of the wider policies and principles of commercial law.

CLO 3 An understanding of how commercial interacts with other subjects and disciplines.

CLO 4 Skills of factual and legal analysis and argument, as well as written and oral communication skills.

2.2 JD Programme Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Please refer to the following link: https://course.law.hku.hk/jd-plo/

2.3 Programme Learning Outcomes to be achieved in this course



3.1 Assessment Summary

Assessment task Due date Weighting Feedback method* Course learning outcomes
Final in-hall exam 18 May 2024 100% 1, 2, 3, 4
*Feedback method (to be determined by course teacher)
1 A general course report to be disseminated through Moodle
2 Individual feedback to be disseminated by email / through Moodle
3 Individual review meeting upon appointment
4 Group review meeting
5 In-class verbal feedback

3.2 Assessment Detail

To be confirmed by the course convenor.

3.3 Grading Criteria

Please refer to the following link: https://www.law.hku.hk/_files/law_programme_grade_descriptors.pdf

Learning Activities

4.1 Learning Activity Plan

Lecture: 3 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks
Private study time: 9.5 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks

Remarks: the normative student study load per credit unit is 25 ± 5 hours (ie. 150 ± 30 hours for a 6-credit course), which includes all learning activities and experiences within and outside of classroom, and any assessment task and examinations and associated preparations.

4.2 Details of Learning Activities

To be advised by the course convenor.

Learning Resources

5.1 Resources

Reading materials: Reading materials are posted on Moodle
Core reading list: TBA
Recommended reading list: TBA

5.2 Links

Please refer to the following link: http://www.law.hku.hk/course/learning-resources/