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International Business Transactions (LAWS70392)

Graduate coursework level 7Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Overview

Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework Level 7
Subject codeLAWS70392
Campus
Parkville
Availability(Quotas apply)
May
October
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject is a basic 'how-to' on international business transactions and is essential for those wishing to practise international trade law. The subject intentionally covers a vast array of related topics, with the focus being on the legal issues faced by practising lawyers in the field. Particular emphasis is placed on issues such as trade terms, international sales of goods, documentary credits, carriage of goods, customs and border regulations. This subject also considers several issues relating to international trade, such as intellectual property rights, licensing, franchising and governmental measures regulating investment. Such coverage ensures students are exposed to the most important and frequent issues facing the practising trade lawyer.

Principal topics may include:

  • Basic trade contracts and common trade terms
  • Choice of law and choice of jurisdiction in international trade contracts
  • The Vienna Convention on International Sale of Goods
  • Payment systems, including documentary credits and collections
  • Customs law, including classification and valuation of the goods
  • Import and export restraints
  • Regulatory issues and red tape
  • Franchising
  • Intellectual property rights, including parallel importation of goods
  • Foreign direct investment.

Intended learning outcomes

A student who has successfully completed this subject will:

  • Have an advanced understanding of how basic international trade transactions are structured and work in practice
  • Be able to critically examine, analyse, interpret and assess trade terms and the text of treaties, legislation and contractual documents
  • Understand and be able to engage with contemporary and controversial issues relating to international business law
  • Have an advanced understanding of the relevant regulatory regimes governing basic international trade and investment transactions
  • Have an understanding and appreciation for how trade transactions are financed and how risk is transferred
  • Have the cognitive and technical skills to generate critical and creative ideas relating international business law, and to critically evaluate existing case law, principles and concept
  • Have the cognitive and technical skills to independently examine, research and analyse complex legal issues relating to various aspects of an international business transaction
  • Have the communication skills to clearly articulate and convey complex information regarding various aspects of an international business transaction to relevant specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Eligibility and requirements

Prerequisites

None

Corequisites

None

Non-allowed subjects

None

Recommended background knowledge

Applicants without legal qualifications should note that subjects are offered in the discipline of law at an advanced graduate level. While every effort will be made to meet the needs of students trained in other fields, concessions will not be made in the general level of instruction or assessment. Most subjects assume the knowledge usually acquired in a degree in law (LLB, JD or equivalent). Applicants should note that admission to some subjects in the Melbourne Law Masters will be dependent upon the individual applicant's educational background and professional experience.

Core participation requirements

The Melbourne Law Masters welcomes applications from students with disabilities. The inherent academic requirements for study in the Melbourne Law Masters are:

  • The ability to attend a minimum of 75% of classes and actively engage in the analysis and critique of complex materials and debate;
  • The ability to read, analyse and comprehend complex written legal materials and complex interdisciplinary materials;
  • The ability to clearly and independently communicate in writing a knowledge and application of legal principles and interdisciplinary materials and to critically evaluate these;
  • The ability to clearly and independently communicate orally a knowledge and application of legal principles and interdisciplinary materials and critically evaluate these;
  • The ability to work independently and as a part of a group;
  • The ability to present orally and in writing legal analysis to a professional standard.

Students who feel their disability will inhibit them from meeting these inherent academic requirements are encouraged to contact Student Equity and Disability Support.

Assessment

Additional details

  • Class participation (10%)
  • Take-home examination (5,000 - 6,000 words) (90%)
    • May: 21 - 24 June
    • October: 22 - 25 November

or

  • Research paper (7,500 - 9,000 words) (90%) on a topic approved by the subject coordinator
    • May: 31 July
    • October: 8 January 2020

A minimum of 75% attendance is a hurdle requirement.

Quotas apply to this subject

Dates & times

  • May
    Principal coordinatorBryan Mercurio
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours24-34 hours
    Total time commitment150 hours
    Pre teaching start date10 April 2019
    Pre teaching requirementsThe pre-teaching period commences four weeks before the subject commencement date. From this time, students are expected to access and review the Reading Guide that will be available from the LMS subject page and the subject materials provided by the subject coordinator, which will be available from Melbourne Law School. Refer to the Reading Guide for confirmation of which resources need to be read and what other preparation is required before the teaching period commences.
    Teaching period 8 May 2019 to 14 May 2019
    Last self-enrol date31 January 2019
    Census date 8 May 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail21 June 2019
    Assessment period ends31 July 2019

    May contact information

  • October
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours24-34 hours
    Total time commitment150 hours
    Pre teaching start date11 September 2019
    Pre teaching requirementsThe pre-teaching period commences four weeks before the subject commencement date. From this time, students are expected to access and review the Reading Guide that will be available from the LMS subject page and the subject materials provided by the subject coordinator, which will be available from Melbourne Law School. Refer to the Reading Guide for confirmation of which resources need to be read and what other preparation is required before the teaching period commences.
    Teaching period 9 October 2019 to 15 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date31 July 2019
    Census date 9 October 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail29 November 2019
    Assessment period ends 8 January 2020

    October contact information

Additional delivery details

This subject has a quota of 30 students.

Enrolment is on a first come, first served basis. Waitlists are maintained for subjects that are fully subscribed.

Students should note priority of places in subjects will be given as follows:

  • To currently enrolled Graduate Diploma and Masters students with a satisfactory record in their degree
  • To other students enrolling on a single subject basis, eg Community Access Program (CAP) students, cross-institutional study and cross-faculty study.

Please refer to the Melbourne Law Masters website for further information about the management of subject quotas and waitlists.

Further information

Last updated: 23 August 2019