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2012/2013  BA-HAI_2IBL  International Business Law

English Title
International Business Law

Course information

Language English
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Quarter
Course period Fourth Quarter, Summer
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study board
Study Board for BSc in International Business
Course coordinator
  • Andrej Savin - Law Department
Main Category of the Course
  • Business Law
Last updated on 28-08-2012
Learning objectives
To receive the grade 12, the student must demonstrate the ability to:

Identify and explain the different kinds of sources of international law.
Identify and explain the legal effects of various sources of public and private international law.
Identify and explain how international legal disputes can be settled in international tribunals and municipal courts.
Identify international legal problems that arise in specific situations and formulate persuasive arguments for the resolution of the problems on the basis of legal arguments that incorporate and correctly apply the relevant sources of international law.

International Business Law:
Type of test Written Exam
Marking scale 7-step scale
Second examiner No second examiner
Exam period May/June and August, the regular exam takes place in May/June. The make-up and re-examination takes place in August.
Aids Please, see the detailed regulations below
Duration 4 Hours
This is an open book exam meaning that all materials are allowed (textbook, personal notes, lecture slides, exercise solutions, articles, calculators, etc.) An exception is any electronic device that makes it possible to communicate with others, e.g. USB key.

PC exam with access to personal S-drive on CBS network.

Students do not have access to Internet.
The Make-up and Re-examination takes place according to the same rules as the regular exam.
Course content
The course provides a basic understanding of the legal framework within which international businesses operate, enables the students to analyse it and explores the rules that govern it. The course looks at both private and public law background to international business transactions. Within the first, it analyzes the regulation of multinational enterprises, international sales (with particular emphasis on the Convention on the International Sales of Goods – CISG), international dispute resolution, rules on financing foreign trade and intellectual property law. Within the second, it looks at international trade in goods, services and labour, the European Community Treaty, and the World Trade Organisation agreements (especially the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade – GATT 1994).

Practical application of theory: the course demonstrates how the traditional state-based theory of international law structures the way in which international business issues arise and are resolved.

Relation to a Business or an Institutional Setting: the course operates through analyses of different types of companies, international institutions, and supra-national institutions. This will be done primarily through cases included in the required reading.

Relation to International Business or Economics: the course emphasises the distinction between regulation of national and international business activities and focuses primarily on issues arising in the conduct of business activities across borders and how this issues may be resolved through international and domestic dispute resolution.

Research Based Teaching Elements: the lecturers own research will be included in the lectures. Lectures, exercises and case study discussions.
Teaching methods
Traditional lectures + exercises + case study discussions
Expected literature

Compendium – statutes, conventions and problems.

Please note, minor changes may occur. The teacher will uploade the final reading list to Learn two weeks before the course starts.

Last updated on 28-08-2012