LLAW6107 & JDOC6107

General Course Information

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW6107 and JDOC6107
Course name: Insurance Law
Programme offered under: LLM Programme / JD Programme
Semester: Second
Prerequisites: Contract
Credit point value: 9 credits / 6 credits

1.2 Course description

Insurance is as old as human civilisation. The Babylonian Code of Hammurabi, written almost four thousand years ago, describes a form of marine cover. Gaius Marius, seven times Consul of Rome, organised ‘burial clubs’ to pay for the funerals of his fallen legionaries. The first academic text on marine insurance was compiled in 1488 by Pedro de Santarém. Over the centuries, the basic tenets and practice of insurance have developed into a global business with assets in the region of US $44 trillion

This course covers the operation and regulation of the insurance market; the definition, importance and reform of the concepts of “Insurable Interest” and “Utmost Good Faith”; warranties; how losses and claims under insurance contracts are dealt with; the rights of insurers, including subrogation and contribution; the rights and duties of insurance intermediaries; and the nature of property insurance, marine insurance, reinsurance and liability insurance.

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor Gary Meggitt garym@hku.hk CCT 907 By email

Learning Outcomes

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1  Describe and explain  the various theories of insurance law.

CLO 2  Use relevant information about insurance contract to  critically examine the limitations of the theories.

CLO 3  Apply  knowledge and understanding of insurance law to adapt to new and uncertain situations and problems of insurance contract.

CLO 4  Demonstrate  an awareness of the impact of insurance within the broader economic, environmental and socio-cultural context.

2.2 LLM and JD Programme Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Please refer to the following link:

LLM – https://course.law.hku.hk/llm-plo/

JD – 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
Class participation N/A 10% 1, 2, 3, 4
Take home assignment TBC 90% 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 advised by course 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

Seminar: 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 course convenor(s).

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/