COMMLAW 2502 - Legal Aspects of International Business
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2019
General Course Information
Course Code COMMLAW 2502 Course Legal Aspects of International Business Coordinating Unit Adelaide Law School Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites COMMLAW 1004 Incompatible ENTREP 3007 Restrictions Available to Law students studying a double degree with Commerce Course Description This course introduces students to the legal aspects of doing business abroad. Topics include: the different legal systems; tax and regulation of trade; the enforceability of contracts; and judgements and dispute management across borders. The course also introduces students to the issues of intellectual property protection and anti-dumping regulations
Course Coordinator: Mr Domenic Carbone
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesThis course provides students with a basic understanding of the legal rules that affect global business.
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Analyse some key principles of international law to gain an understanding of how it impacts on international business across a variety of legal jurisdictions with a particular emphasis on the United States of America; the European Union and Australia.
- Analyse some public international law issues as they affect nations in their dealings with other nations in terms of trade in goods and services and the use of tariffs and subsidies and applicable retaliatory measures.
- Apply private international law to critical issues affecting international business such as in identifying the choice of law applicable to international sales contracts; the formation and terms of international sales contracts; intellectual property, transportation, financing and taxation issues.
- Reflect on the different approaches by different legal systems and attain an appreciation of how these different legal systems regulate international business transactions.
- Analyse the impact of international business law from a policy perspective and in the context of cultural and legal diversity.
- Conduct and analyse legal research and develop practice in the written and oral expression of legal issues affecting international business.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1-4 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1-6 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
5 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1-4 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
1-4 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesInternational Business Law- text, cases and readings by Ray August, Don Mayer and Michael Bixby, 6th edition, Pearson Education, 2013.
Online LearningLecture recordings will be made available to students on MyUni.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLearning and Teaching Activities amounting to 36 hours (across lecture, seminar and structured learning activity formats) will be offered to students in this course.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The University expects full-time students (i.e. those taking 12 units per semester) to devote a total of 48 hours per week to their studies. This means that you are expected to commit approximately 9 hours of private study in addition to your regular classes.
Learning Activities SummaryThe topics to be covered include:
Topic 1 Introduction to International Law 2 State Responsibility 3 Dispute Resolution 4 The Multinational Enterprise 5 Intellectual Property 6 Foreign Investment 7 Trade in Goods 8 International Sales of Goods 9 Transportation 10 Financing 11 Taxation
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Length
Learning Outcome Tutorial participation Individual
10% N/A No 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6 Online test Individual Monday Week 6 at 9 am 10% 45 minutes No 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 Assignment Individual or group Monday Week 11 at 9 am 20% 2,000 words max No 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6 Exam Iindividual Exam period 60% 3 hours No 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6
Assessment DetailTutorial Participation
This will assess the qualitative contribution of students to tutorial classes. Students will be assessed by their tutor on their tutorial preparation and input into the tutorial discussion. It requires regular attendance at tutorials but more importantly regular active participation in tutorial discussions.
The Online Test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and students must answer all questions in 45 minutes, in a single sitting. Further details will be provided to students about the topics which the online test will cover as well as detailed instructions as to how to login online to complete the test.
The assignment consists of a written essay that will cover legal issues affecting international business drawn from lecture topics. The maximum word limit for the assignment is 2,000 words including footnotes.
Students have the choice of submitting the Assignment answer either individually or in a group of up to three members. If an Assignment answer is submitted by a group, the mark given to the Assignment answer will be the mark received by each member of a group. If students choose to submit an Assignment as a group, it the students' responsibility to arrange themselves into the group.
There will be a 3 hour exam with 10 minutes reading time. The exam is “open book” but you must not bring into the exam room any book belonging to the University of Adelaide Libraries. “Permitted Materials” in the exam room are the prescribed textbook or any other textbook, course materials and handouts, your own lecture and other notes written and prepared by you, and not prepared by or taken from someone else. You may also bring into the exam room an English or English/foreign language dictionary (paper only).
It is each student's responsibility to read the examination timetable. Misreading the timetable is not accepted as grounds for granting a replacement/additional (sup) exam. University staff are not permitted to provide examination times to students over the telephone or in response to personal enquiries. Examinations will be held only at the time and locations stated in the University’s Examination Timetable, so they may not be taken in another country.
Students should not make any arrangements to be absent until after the replacement/additional (sup) exam period.
Legible hand-writing and the quality of English expression are considered to be integral parts of the assessment process. Marks may be deducted in the final examination because of poor hand-writing.
SubmissionAssignments must be submitted electronically via Turnitin. This means that all papers will be electronically checked for plagiarism.
Late Submission: 5% of the total mark possible will be deducted for every 24 hours or part thereof that it is late, including each day on a weekend. For example, an assignment that is submitted after the due date and time but within the first 24 hour period, and that has been graded at 63%, will have 5% deducted, for a final grade of 58%. An assignment that is more than 24 hours late will lose 10%, etc.
Word Length: The maximum assignment word length is 2,000 words. Assignments that exceed the word length may be subject to a penalty of 5% of total marks possible per 100 words or part thereof at the discretion of the marker. Quotations and all referencing information are included in the word count.
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.
Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.Courses for which a result of conceded pass has been obtained may not be presented towards the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Laws or the Honours Degree of Bachelor of Laws programs, or any postgraduate law program, nor to satisfy prerequisite requirements within any law course.
Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.
Finality of Assessment Grades
Students are advised that Course Coordinators will not enter into negotiations of any kind with any student regarding changes to their grades. It is irrelevant, in any given circumstance, that only a minimal number of additional marks are required to inflate a student’s grade for any individual assessment item or course as a whole. Pursuant to the University’s Assessment for Coursework Programs Policyand the Adelaide Law School Assessment Policies and Procedures, grades may only be varied through the appropriate channels for academic review (such as an official re-mark).
ModerationIn accordance with the University’s Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy, course coordinators ‘ensure that appropriate marking guidelines and cross-marking moderation processes across markers are in place’ in each course. Procedures adopted by Adelaide Law School to ensure consistency of marking in courses with multiple markers include:
- assurance of the qualifications of markers, and their knowledge of the content covered in each course;
- detailed marking guidelines and assessment rubrics to assist in the marking of items of assessment;
- sharing of example marked assessments at various grade bands across markers;
- reviewing of selected marked assessments from each marker by the course coordinator;
- comparison of the marks and their distribution across markers;
- automatic double-marking of all interim assessment receiving a fail grade, and of final assessments where a student’s overall result is a fail grade;
- the availability of re-marking of assessments in accordance with Adelaide Law School’s Assessment Policies and Procedures.
Approval of Results by Board of ExaminersStudents are reminded that all assessment results are subject to approval (and possible moderation/change) by the Law School’s Board of Examiners. Assessment results at the University are not scaled. Under the Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy, students are assessed ‘by reference to their performance against pre-determined criteria and standards … and not by ranking against the performance of the student cohort in the course’. However, under that same policy, the Board of Examiners (as the relevant Assessment Review Committee for courses at Adelaide Law School) is required to ‘ensure comparability of standards and consistency’ in assessment. On occasions, the Board of Examiners will form the view that some moderation is required to ensure the comparability of standards and consistency across courses and years, and accordingly provide fairness to all law students. All assessment results are therefore subject to approval (and possible change) until confirmed by the Board of Examiners and posted on Access Adelaide at the end of each semester.
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- Academic Credit Arrangement Policy
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- Academic Progress by Coursework Students Policy
- Assessment for Coursework Programs
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- Coursework Academic Programs Policy
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- Intellectual Property Policy
- IT Acceptable Use and Security Policy
- Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment
- Student Experience of Learning and Teaching Policy
- Student Grievance Resolution Process
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