International Business Transactions
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 commonly encountered by such clients and their lawyers. Topics covered include international sales of goods; international trade law; U.S. import and export regulations; international agency, distribution and franchising arrangements; establishment of foreign investments; investment treaties; corporate social responsibility; international protection of intellectual property; and planning for international business disputes. Special classes are devoted to key countries and industries, including China and energy and natural resources. Consideration is given to the perspective of each of the actors involved in or impacted by international business transactions, including private companies, governments, and local populations.