Professor Andrew Tettenborn

Andrew Tettenborn joined the College in 2010 from the University of Exeter as Professor of Commercial Law and is also the College Director of Research. His interests lie in private, commercial and maritime law generally. He teaches widely at Swansea in those subjects, and most years also teaches aspects of contract law at the University of Geneva in Switzerland.


  1. & Mapping (utmost) Good Faith in Insurance Law -- Future Conditional?. Law Quarterly Review 132, 618-638.
  2. Codifying Contracts--An Idea Whose Time has Come?. Current Legal Problems 67(1), 273-295.
  3. GOOD FAITH, THE DCFR AND SHIPPING LAW. European Journal of Commercial Contract Law 8
  4. & The Protection of Data in our Digital Age. Journal of Business Law
  5. Agreements, Common Mistake and the Purpose of Contract. Journal of Contract Law 27, 91

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  • LA-M01 Law of International Trade

    This module elaborates and analyses (a) the legal and commercial issues associated with international sale contracts; (b) the organization and content of such contracts; and (c) how parties can engineer satisfactory solutions through adjusting the terms of their agreement against a background of freedom of contract. The concentration will be on the rules of English law: but reference will frequently be made where relevant to other regimes, including the Uniform Commercial Code and the 1980 Vienna Convention on the International Sale of Goods. We identify the principal categories of international sale and commodity contracts; in addition, we give extended attention to the main INCOTERMS promulgated by the International Chamber of Commerce. Our examination of the legal relationship between international sellers and buyers includes questions of general sales law; of ownership, title and risk; of the commercial and legal significance of transport documentation and insurance; and of the question of remedies. We will make time available time to discuss contemporary issues as they arise, such as the harmonisation of international trade law, problems associated with containerisation and multi-modal transport, and the impact of fraud.

  • LAMM01 Admiralty Law

    This is a module designed to give an insight into both the legal and commercial relevance of charterparties. The lectures will consider the legal principles which are relevant in relation to charterparties generally and also in relation to specific types of charter and will consider how such principles are evolving in response to market pressures. The module will also look at the relationship between charterparties and the other common contracts relating to the use of a ship and the carriage of goods.

  • LAMM19 Law and Practice relating to International Banking and Commercial Payments

    This module is about money in international commerce. More specifically it concerns payment and the different mechanisms that may be adopted to structure and discharge the payment obligations of international buyers of goods and services. We also look at personal and bank security. The payment mechanisms examined include cash and open account, bills of exchange, documentary bills, bank transfers and documentary credits. In addition we look at methods that may be adopted to guarantee or secure payment, including real and personal security, promissory notes, standby credits and performance bonds. The emphasis is on international payments and the forms used worldwide, such as the URC522, the UCP600 and the URDG. We concentrate on analysis and comparison; on the identification of fundamental characteristics; and above all on practical and commercial considerations.

  • LAMM20 Oil and Gas Law: Contracts and Liabilities

    The business and regulation of energy supply remains one of the most crucial issues raised by the exploitation of marine resources in the current era. It is also gives rise to controversial regulatory questions, as demonstrated by the Piper Alpha and Deepwater Horizon disasters. From this Module, students will acquire an in-depth knowledge of the legal framework governing oil, gas and renewable energy sources at the national, regional and international levels, alongside consideration of the unique commercial arrangements engaged by their production. There will also be consideration of contemporary regulatory problems, third party liabilities, insurance elements and the environmental implications of the exploration and exploitation of oil and gas.


  • Does Consumer Protection Law need amendment to provide appropriate protection for consumers in an online environment? (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Elizabeth Macdonald
    Other supervisor: Prof Andrew Tettenborn
    Other supervisor: Dr Patrick Bishop
  • Forum Non Conveniens in Aviation Litigation: Doctrine Conveniens or Doctrine Non Conveniens? (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Georgios Leloudas
    Other supervisor: Prof Andrew Tettenborn
  • The Balancing of Interests of State and Investor: Rights and (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Andrew Tettenborn
    Other supervisor: Dr Nima Mersadi Tabari
  • Law and practice of Bank guarantees under the Common Law and Civil Law with special reference to Turkish Law (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Andrew Tettenborn
    Other supervisor: Prof Baris Soyer

Research Groups

  • Member

    Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law