General Course Information

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW2012
Course name: Commercial Law
Programme offered under: LLB Programme
Semester: First
Designated research course: Not applicable
Specialization: Not applicable
Prerequisites / Co-requisites: No
Course offered to non-law students: 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 / tutor Eva Tam esnt901@hku.hk CCT 514 By email
Course tutor Bennett Au Yeung bauyeung@connect.hku.hk N/A By email
Course tutor Tommy Cheung tommycheungtw@gmail.com N/A By email
Course tutor Benjamin Lam benlam@parksidechambers.com.hk N/A By email
Course tutor Florence Sit florence.sit@linklaters.com N/A By email
Course tutor Anson Tam ansontky888@gmail.com N/A By email
Course tutor Tang Lik Hang likhangtang.counsel@gmail.com N/A 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; and

CLO 3 skills of factual and legal analysis and argument, as well as written and oral communication skills.

2.2 LLB Programme Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Please refer to the following link: https://course.law.hku.hk/llb-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
In-class participation N/A 20% 5 1, 2, 3
Final in-hall exam 17 Dec 2022 80% 1, 2, 3
*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 advised by the convenor(s).

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: 2 hours / week for the semester
Tutorial: 5 two-hour tutorials per semester
Private study time: 9.5 hours / week for the semester

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 course convenor(s).

Learning Resources

5.1 Resources

Reading materials: Reading materials are posted on Moodle
Core reading list:
  • R. Goode & E. McKendrick, Goode on Commercial Law (6th edn, Penguin 2021)
  • D. Fox, R. Munday, B. Soyer, A. Tettenborn & P. Turner, Sealy & Hooley’s Commercial Law: Text, Cases and Materials (6th edn, OUP 2020)
Recommended reading list: TBA

5.2 Links

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