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Archived Curricula Guide 2013–2014
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TLS_0063 ProActive Law and the Prevention and Resolution of Disputes 5–8 ECTS
Organised by
Turku Law School
Person in charge
Responsible teacher: Dr. Tarja Salmi-Tolonen LL.D, tel. 3335862, office 113, email: tasato (at) utu.fi, office hours on agreement by email or phone, and after lectures. Other lecturers are to be announced later. EXAMINER: Dr Tarja Salmi-Tolonen

Learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to give the students an overview of proactive law and its role in the global economy; after the course the student
- can assess the underlying principles and mechanisms of private regulation to prevent problems and promote responsible business behaviour in public and private networks;
- knows the principles of managing conflicts and is able to assess dispute resolution mechanisms to make appropriate choices for different types of conflicts.


An introduction to proactive and preventive approaches to law: what it is and how it has developed, how it differs from the traditional approaches to law and how it functions especially in international trade. The focus will be on self and co-regulation rather than command and control regulation. The topics include:
-The legislative, executive and judicial functions of self-regulation and an assessment of the effectiveness and efficiency of these regulatory methods in the context of global and world-wide national trade.
-Types of actors engaged in defining and implementing standards or other self-regulation rules
-Examples and experiences of successful co-regulation
-Problem solving, the need for alternative dispute resolution and its different mechanisms.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 20 h 0 h
Seminar 4 h 0 h

Lectures 20 hours and assignments, including team work and presentation (5 ECTS). The students who in addition wish to earn 3 ECTS (5+3) will write a 15-20 page paper presenting one of the topics discussed during the course in more detail and depth and deliver an oral presentation (c. 10 mins) at a seminar.

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Project / practical work
  • In English
Participation in classroom work
  • In English
  • In English
Study journal / learning diary
  • In English
Project / practical work and Participation in classroom work and Seminar and Study journal / learning diary

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 0-5.
Active participation, completed written assignments and a written lecture review/journal (5 credits), the students who wish to earn 3 credits more, will write a paper (15-20 pages)and present it orally at a seminar session and will receive separate grades based on those.

Recommended year of study

2. year autumn

Study materials

A reading list and other material will be given available at the Moodle platform. A selection of chapters from Proactive Management and Proactive Business Law: A Handbook (Sorsa, K. ed. 2011) also to be found at Moodle at the beginning of the course.

Further information

TIME: Period I: Lectures 7-18, October 2013
Seminar dates and deadlines for assignments will be given at the beginning of the course. This course has been developed as part of ERASMUS Curriculum Development Project: Proactive management and proactive business law.

Registration for the course begins in NettiOpsu at 9 September 2013 at 8 AM and ends on 30 September 2013 at 3 PM. Student intake is limited to 40 students.

Belongs to following study modules

Faculty of Law
Faculty of Law
Turku School of Economics
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Faculty of Law
Finnish Study Modules
Master of Laws DP
Law, Studies for Bachelor/Master of Laws Degree