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Spring 2020

Course Description
This is a survey course concerned with the problems likely to be encountered when firms engage in transnational business transactions. The areas covered are: (i) sale of goods and services, (ii) establishment and management of agencies, distributorships and other strategic alliances in foreign markets, (iii) protecting and licensing intellectual property rights, (iv) the conduct of direct foreign investments, including the protection of property from expropriation and nationalization, (v) compliance with foreign exchange regulations, and competition policies especially antitrust, and with labor and environmental laws. The course also introduces the student to selective problems in transnational litigation, including suits against foreign sovereigns, service of documents abroad, discovery of evidence located abroad, the recognition of foreign judgments and the enforcement of international arbitration agreements and awards. In addition to treaties and other sources of international law, including the World Trade Organization (WTO) agreements and NAFTA. We will take a comparative approach to the subject, focusing on differences in contract formation, formalities and interpretation between the civil and common law traditions.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
01-13-2020 - 04-21-2020   TR  7:30 PM-8:50 PM F108

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered once every academic year

Course Information

Credits: 3
Pass/Fail Option: No
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Exam
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Special Attributes: None
Course Delivery:

Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s):
Business & Taxation - Specialized
International & Comparative Law - Basic
Bar Subject(s): None
Business Compliance and Sustainability (Area of Focus)   More information
Business Compliance and Sustainability (Concentration)   More information
The Business of Innovation, Law and Technology: BILT (Concentration)   More information
Course Book(s): TBD/None      
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: January 14 and 16, 2020 Introduction First Hour Scope of course, definition of terms, objectives, reasons for a course on this subject. Required Readings: UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Agreements (2016) (General Review) 2016 Second Hour Survey of sources of norms; Regulation of the International Economy International Economic Regulation; International regulation of the transaction; International regulation of the agreement; Lex Mercatoria – Substantive and Procedural Required Readings: WTO Agreement, GATT, GATS and TRIPS Agreements ( (General Review of web page.) Third Hour National economic regulation; National regulation of the transaction; National regulation of the agreement.

    Please see syllabus for class materials.

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Contact Information:
Phone: 305-284-3111