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International Tort and Insurance Law


Disclaimer: This course has been updated to the best of our knowledge at the current time of publishing. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic and the fluctuating changes in lock down regulations all information contained within this course description are subject to change up to 1 September 2020.
Due to the uncertainty of the Covid 19 virus after 1 September 2020, changes to the course description can only be made in the event of strict necessity and only in the circumstances where the interests of the students are not impinged. Should there be a need for any change during the duration of the course, this will be informed to all students on a timely basis and will not be to the prejudice of students. Modifications after 1 September 2020 may only be done with the approval and consent of the Faculty Board.


The objective of International Tort & Insurance Law is to give students a thorough understanding of the central themes of tort and insurance law from a comparative legal (and law and economics) perspective. Both the economic interests of the international businesses and the protection of actors of the international business activities will be subject to analysis as well as insurance and insurability issues. The students will obtain knowledge of the various substantive tort and insurance law principles that apply to the business activities of their clients and the concrete conditions in which these clients develop these international businesses. Moreover, the student will be able to assess the societal distribution of the financial burdens involved in tort and insurance mechanisms.


Programme Coordinator LLM (Adv) International Civil and Commercial Law Office for International Education / Leiden Law School E:


Dr. Jaap Baaij
T: +31 (0)71 527 3615 /


Online: interactive lectures (10 lectures of 3 hrs each).


Paper (50%)
Written exam (50%)

The overall course grade should be at least 5,5 in order to complete the course successfully.
There will be one retake (100%) substituting all previous assessments. It will be up to the discretion of the examiner to decide on the form of the retake.


Full degree in law granting access to the legal profession (or equivalent).