LAW 7099 - International Trade Transactions and the Law (PG)

North Terrace Campus - Quadmester 4 - 2016

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This course will examine the law governing international transactions including contracts for the sale of goods, transport, payment and insurance. Dispute resolution methods applicable to international transactions will be examined. Choice of law and the recognition of foreign awards and judgements will also be addressed. Depending on time available, the course will consider the legal vehicles available to facilitate international transactions including distribution, agency, licensing, franchising and technology transfer.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code LAW 7099
    Course International Trade Transactions and the Law (PG)
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Law School
    Term Quadmester 4
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Intensive
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites LAW 7177 for non-law graduates
    Incompatible LAW 7070
    Assumed Knowledge An understanding of the Law of Contract and its application in practice.
    Course Description This course will examine the law governing international transactions including contracts for the sale of goods, transport, payment and insurance. Dispute resolution methods applicable to international transactions will be examined. Choice of law and the recognition of foreign awards and judgements will also be addressed. Depending on time available, the course will consider the legal vehicles available to facilitate international transactions including distribution, agency, licensing, franchising and technology transfer.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Letizia Raschella-Sergi

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    Throughout its history, Australia has enjoyed the many benefits of stable legislative, judicial and administrative systems. Lawyers, businesses and members of the public alike have grown to assume, without question, that they can rely on the statements of the legislatures and the courts to define the law and on the judicial and administrative agencies to apply and enforce that law appropriately. In this regard we are in a very small minority among the approximate 230 countries globally. This institutional stability means that a lawyer in practice within Australia can quickly become familiar with an unfamiliar area of the law. The decision making process of the bodies charged with the enforcement of the law will be familiar and most importantly, the whole political and cultural value system in which the laws have evolved will be understood.

    The communication revolution and globalisation of business means that approximately half of all business transactions are conducted across national borders. Every enterprise or individual that engages in international business cannot afford to ignore all but the laws and legal procedures of its own country. Many lawyers and business people require a basic understanding of legal systems other than their own.

    The object of this course is to develop an understanding of how firms doing business in an international environment are governed, regulated and affected. No single legal system is emphasized; rather, cases and materials from many countries are utilized to demonstrate the diversity and similarity of businesses formation, operation and procedure as well as the law. In addition, international organizations such as the United Nations, UNCITRAL, WTO, OECD, IMF, World Bank, ICSID etc. play large roles in regulating international business and they too are briefly examined, along with the treaties, conventions and agreements that are relevant.

    This course is designed to examine and develop an understanding of:
    i) The international regulatory regime for both international trade and business;
    II) The principle types of legal and business transactions used to shift the production of goods and services from one country to another;
    iii) The general ‘legal culture’ issues and specific legal problems which can arise in each international trade transaction;
    IV) The thinking process necessary in analysing the legal and business issues posed by an international business transaction – where there is no “right” answer but there may be “better” or “less damaging” answers; and
    V) The specific laws of some foreign jurisdictions with the aim of encouraging the creative flexibility so essential to the practice of international transactions.

    These outcomes will provide students with a number of attributes:
    • High level critical thinking and problem solving skills;
    • Ability to evaluate and synthesize information and existing knowledge from a number of sources and experiences;
    • Capacity to design and construct a logically compelling legal thesis/argument;
    • High level oral communication skills;
    • High Level written communication skills;
    • Legal research skills including familiarity with and proficiency in modern legal research technologies; and
    • A commitment to the rule of law and an appreciation of social justice through the operation of the law.

    The continuing development of good inter-personal and communication skills is widely recognised as important for all graduates. This course specifically seeks to develop students’ abilities to interact with students from different jurisdictional, cultural and discipline backgrounds, in order to develop an understanding of the international trading environment and the impact of trade agreements.
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  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    The world of international trade law is dynamic and changes daily. Furthermore, the study is impacted by international agreements, arbitral disputes taking place in various jurisdictions and the clash between civil code systems and common law systems. Consequently no one text book can provide an up-to-date resource of this area. However, I have listed an excellent book, which has only just been released, as the Prescribed Text. Listed below are readings from this text which must be undertaken before each scheduled class as the majority of class presentations will be based on the corresponding chapters.

    Also listed below are a number of highly recommended texts which are available in the Law Library. You should also become familiar with the various electronic journals which cover this vast discipline.

    • Bryan Mercurio, Leon Trakman, Meredith Kolsky-Lewis and Bruno Zeller, International Business Law – Oxford University Press – 2010 – ISBN 978019556017 - KC220 M556i – on Reserve in Law Library


    A number of students participating in this course are non-law students whom it is assumed have completed the pre-requisite course Introduction to Business Law and therefore have access to a good business law text. If you do not have a text, I strongly recommend the following as it has been written specifically for business students:

    • Andy Gibson and Douglas Fraser, Business Law (7th edn) – Pearsons – 2013 – ISBN 9781442565005 – KN250.K1 G4481b.7 – on Reserve in Law Library

    Recommended Resources
    The list of Recommended Resources will only be provided to enrolled students via MyUni.

    Please note that the list of Recommended Resources was updated as of 15 July 2014 to ensure that students have access to the latest resources for the Course. Furthermore, links have been provided to all relevant Conventions and Treaties via the ‘My Documents’ section of the Course on MyUni. It is strongly suggested that you download these documents to you laptop so you may bring them to class, as I will be specifically referring to articles in various treaties. The most important treaty that you must bring with you either in hard copy or electronic format is the Convention on the International Sale of Goods (otherwise referred to as the CIGS)

    Students are expected to check MyUni regularly to keep up to date with these materials and additional learning resources throughout the course.
    Online Learning
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    Also please check your student email as course-related announcements are communicated by the Law School via email.

    As the Course Co-ordinator is from interstate, face-to-face consultation will only take place the week of classes and is by appointment. All other communication is via email.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
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  • Assessment

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    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

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    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

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