Raise your hand if you’ve ever waited for what feels like YEARS for a package from abroad. I know I have. That, my friends, is International Commercial Law (ICL) in action!
So too, is bitcoin and even the shipment and supply of medical supplies and vaccines during COVID. These are just some of the interesting aspects of international commercial law I learnt during my time on King’s Undergraduate Summer School. Whilst I initially thought commercial law was big boats carrying containers (it kind of is…a small part of it), it is definitely NOT the only purpose of ICL.
One thing I found interesting was that from increasing globalisation, to helping resolve disputes, without it, life as we know it today would not be the same. The sheer fact that in a society where we are (almost surgically) glued to our phones, one click or tap on eBay, sends commercial law into action!
Update: still waiting for that package…
Another interesting and very valuable role I learnt ICL has, is in the context of COVID. Given vaccines are made in labs only in certain countries, how is it that we get them into our arms? If you said, international commercial law, you’re right! The licencing and transportation of vaccines could not be possible without ICL. Hint: it would be a logistical nightmare akin to a New Year’s sale at your favourite shop!
Oh, just got a text saying my package isn’t coming……..just as I’d thought.
I could go on and on about ICL, but finding out for yourself through this course on King’s Undergraduate Summer Programme is way more fun! Maybe you might get a scholarship, who knows! With amazing tutors like Ms Ana Luísa Soares Peres, I’m sure you’ll enjoy the course and learn something that may even spark interest in a career you hadn’t previously thought of!
With that, I bid you farewell and wish you good luck on your journey at King’s.
Jelena Glavinic , King’s Undergraduate Summer School, International Commercial Law 2021