Course content

The course is intended for both Danish and non-Danish students.
The objective of the course is to provide the students with a thorough understanding of rules in relation to carriage of goods by road, rail, sea, air and the intricacies of multi-modal transportation.
Transport law in general is largely based on international conventions, which to a varying degree have been ratified and incorporated into the national legal systems of the signatory countries. Many contract forms used are standard documents.
The objective of the course is not to pin-point differences between one country and the other, but rather to assist the students in getting an overall view of the common core principles governing international transport law, particularly in relation to carriage of goods by the different modes of transport mentioned above. As transport law - and particularly the rules in relation to carriage of goods - would not exist save for the existence of the international sale of goods, the course will also aim at introducing the students to basic rules of international sale of goods and the documents related thereto.
It is the general aim of the course to be a practical, yet, thorough introduction to international transport law, which the students at a later stage can use as a platform for further in-depth studies of the rules relating to the individual forms of transport applicable in their home countries.
The course is organized as follows (subject to alterations as may be agreed between the students and the lecturers):

  •  Introduction to the topic – importance of international transport law and overview of main modes of transportation
  • Various documents used in international sale of goods and their function.
  • Introduction to the relevant international conventions on carriage of goods including i.e. the CMR-Convention, the Hague/Visby Rules, Warsaw and Montreal Convention.
  • Rules relating to the carriers’ liability for damage, loss and delay to cargo and registered/checked in baggage.
  • Rules relating to limitation of the carriers’ liability and time-bars.
  • Rules relating to the carrier's liability for death, body injury and delay caused to passengers.
  • Various Types of insurance
Learning outcome

Present the fundamental rules on transport law and international sales and demonstrate an understanding of the background of the rules.

- Identify relevant transport law problems and legal arguments on the basis of complex material 

Place specific problems in the transport law frame work in a way that demonstrates an understanding of the rules. 

Analyze complex problems within transport law, argue in favor of various solutions, suggest different solutions and make a critical assessment of the different legal arguments

Communicate and formulate her/his knowledge and arguments professionally and linguistically correct and in a structured and coherent way

Teaching will combine lectures with class activities and presentations by students and guest lecturers, as well as one field trip (subject to agreements with external partners). Since classes are intended to be interactive and based on a constructive discussion and dialogue, students are expected to read the recommended material before the class.

Excerpts from:

  • Falkanger, Bull & Brautaset: Scandinavian Maritime Law, 2 edt. 2004.
  • Hill & Messent: CMR: Contracts for the international carriage of goods by road, 3 edt., 2000.
  • Anders Mollmann – Delivery of Goods under Bills of Lading, 2017
  • Malcolm Clarke – Contracts of Carriage by Air, 2002,
  • Hugh M Kindred & Mary R Brooks - Multimodal Transport Rules, 1997
  • Maih Hoeks – Multimodal Transport Law


Various scholarly articles,

A compilation of conventions and other material relevant to the course. (will be distributed in class)

Required readings cover app. 600 pages. 

There is no required reading for the first lecture.

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
Type of assessment
Written examination, 4 hours under invigilation
Written exam, 4 hours with invigilation
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Seminar
  • 56
  • Preparation
  • 356,5
  • English
  • 412,5