International Business Law - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 2
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assessments (50%) , Open Book Invigilated Exam (50%)

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2017 Fees
Domestic 4,320.00

This unit aims to provide students with an understanding of the legal environment framework within which business is conducted internationally. Specifically, the unit will cover the nature of international law and its application in a variety of countries; international organisations such as the UN, the OECD and the WTO; the contractual law that applies to international transactions (CISG); the establishment of operations in another country; the protection of IP and Electronic commerce; the international payment systems; foreign investment; and international taxation issues. Students will begin to appreciate what laws apply in given situations and how these laws operate. Students will also develop skills in reading, understanding and applying International treaties and conventions, statutes, case materials and journal articles. This involves the development of comprehension skills, legal literacy, and the students’ ability to analyse problems and to express ideas in a precise manner.

Upon successful completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of international law and domestic law together and understand the impact of these laws on international business practice
  2. critically evaluate international business law in defining corporate governance in an organisation
  3. analyse and research complex problems relating to international business law and make reasoned and appropriate choices amongst alternatives
  4. demonstrate sophisticated cognitive and creative skills in approaching legal issues relating to international business law and generate appropriate responses
  5. demonstrate the intellectual and practical skills needed to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, legal methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions and identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues relating to international business law.
  • Assessments (50%)
  • Open Book Invigilated Exam (50%)
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Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

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Mandatory co-requisites

You must either have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit, or currently be enrolled in the following unit(s); or enrol in the following unit(s) to study at the same time or prior to this unit:

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You are normally expected to complete Year 2 core requirements of JD.

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In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to International Business Law
2The UNIDROIT General Principles
3International Sales of Goods (CISG)
5The Bill of Lading and Contracts of Carriage
6International Finance and Payments
7International Agency and Distribution Agreements
8Foreign Investment
9Intellectual Technology Transfer

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