Course Title: Legal Issues in International Business

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Legal Issues in International Business

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

BUSM4031

RMIT Vietnam Hanoi Campus

Postgraduate

660H Grad School of Bus and Law

Face-to-Face

Viet3 2008,
Viet3 2009

BUSM4032

RMIT Intl University Vietnam

Postgraduate

660H Grad School of Bus and Law

Face-to-Face

Viet3 2007,
Viet1 2008,
Viet2 2008,
Viet3 2008,
Viet1 2009,
Viet1 2010,
Viet3 2010

Course Coordinator: Clare Miller, Lecturer in Law, School of Accounting and Law

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9225 1388

Course Coordinator Email:clare.miller@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

The course examines the fundamental legal concepts and principles that regulate international business, including: multinational business structures, international contracts, international treaties, intellectual property, e-commerce, and the World Trade Organisation. 

Duration
This course has 30 class-contact hours, comprised 10 lectures @ 3 hours.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

By the end of this course a student is expected to have acquired a broad understanding of the principal laws affecting international business.


The objective of LIIB is to provide students with the basic knowledge and skills of legal principles and argument so that they can be better managers in organizations involved in some aspects of international business.


Overview of Learning Activities

By the end of this course a student is expected to have acquired a broad understanding of the principal laws affecting international business.


Overview of Learning Resources

TEXTS

Prescribed Text
August, R (2004) International Business Law: Text, Cases, and Readings, (4th ed), Prentice Hall ISBN 0-13-101410-2) (August).

Recommended preliminary reading:
Students who do not have a legal background are encouraged to read about the legal system in their respective countries.
Students in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore should read the relevant chapters in:
Tan, P.L. (1997) Asian Legal Systems, Butterworths, ISBN 0-0409-31008-5.
Students in Australia should read:
Chisholm, R. and Neetheim, G. (2002) Understanding the Law (6th ed) Butterworths ISBN 0-409-31877-9.

Other references
Mo, J., International Commercial Law, 3rd edition, Butterworths

Pryles, M., Waincymer, J., Davies, M., International Trade Law Commentary and Materials, 2nd edition, Thomson Lawbook Co

Wiggers, J.H., International Commercial Law Source Materials, Kluwer Law International

Zeller, B., International Commercial Law for Business, Federation Press.


Overview of Assessment

To gain a ‘pass’ in this course, a student must score at least 50% of the total available marks by semester’s end, and 50% of the available marks for each piece of assessable work. There are two pieces of assessable work:

 

  1. Examination: 40%; and
  2. Project: 60%.

Examination

A. Format
The examination will be three hours in duration, including reading time. It will be an open-book examination, that is, students are permitted to bring any materials they wish into the examination room.
There will be five questions on the examination paper, all of which will be problem style or application questions. Students will be required to answer only four of the five questions. All questions will be weighted equally.