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2013/2014  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 (LAW)
Main academic disciplines
  • Business Law
Last updated on 11-07-2013
Learning objectives
Identify and explain the different kinds of sources of international law.
  • Identify and explain how international legal disputes can be settled in international tribunals and municipal courts.
  • Identify and explain the legal effects of various sources of public and private international law.
  • 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:
Examination form Written sit-in exam
Individual or group exam Individual
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration 4 hours
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period May/June and August, the regular exam takes place in June. The make-up and re-examination takes place in August.
Aids allowed to bring to the exam Limited aids, see the list below and the exam plan/guidelines for further information:
  • Allowed bodies of laws
  • Allowed dictionaries
  • Books and compendia brought by the examinee
  • Notes brought by the examinee
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
If the number of registered candidates for the make-up examination/re-take examination warrants that it may most appropriately be held as an oral examination, the programme office will inform the students that the make-up examination/re-take examination will be held as an oral examination instead.
Description of the exam procedure
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.
Course content and structure
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 analyses 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 on CBS Learn.

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

Last updated on 11-07-2013