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International Business Transactions

NOTE: This course description is new for the 2016-2017 academic year. You may read the prior course description immediately below this new one. 

2016-2017

In today’s global economy, even lawyers practicing exclusively in the United States routinely represent clients whose business activities have an international component. This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to a variety of legal issues that are commonly encountered by such clients and their lawyers. Among the topics covered are international sale of goods transactions; international trade law; import and export regulations; distribution, franchise, and intellectual property licensing agreements; establishment of foreign investments; investment treaties; and enforcement of intellectual property rights. Special classes are devoted to key countries and industries, including China and energy and natural resources. Consideration is also given to laws, standards and contractual devices designed to promote corporate social responsibility in global business, as well as mechanisms for enforcing them.

This is a required core class for the International Law Certificate and qualifies as a Business Law Certificate Level 4 class.

NOTE: The below course description applied prior to the 2016-2017 academic year.

In today’s global economy, even lawyers practicing exclusively in the United States routinely represent clients whose business activities have an international component. This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to a variety of legal issues that are commonly encountered by such clients and their lawyers. Among the topics covered are international sale of goods transactions; international trade law; import and export regulations; distribution, franchising, and licensing arrangements; establishment of foreign investments; treaties governing foreign investment; and enforcement of intellectual property rights. Special classes are devoted to key countries and industries, including China and energy and natural resources. Consideration is also given to recent high-profile instances of misconduct by multinational enterprises and mechanisms for promoting corporate social responsibility in global business.

Qualifies as a Business Law Certificate Level 4 class and a Global Law Certificate core requirement.