Course Title: International Commercial Law

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: International Commercial Law

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


660H Graduate School of Business and Law


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Olivia Dean

Course Coordinator Phone: n/a

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course examines contract law as it applies to an international commercial law context and can be described as a sub-branch of ‘transnational’ law. It encompasses the laws that govern legal commercial relations between parties that extend beyond a single national jurisdiction. The course explores principles of effective risk management as they apply to international law and analyses different legal systems in various countries.  The course is designed to provide you with knowledge and skills pertaining to the principles which apply to the formation of contracts between parties in different countries; international sale of goods and exporting; carriage of goods by sea; international trade finance; international distribution and agency; foreign investment law; Free Trade Agreements; and international dispute resolution, including choice of law and the choice of the appropriate forum for resolving commercial disputes.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

CLO1: Apply principles applicable to international contracting, effective risk management for exporters/importers, financing of international trade and international dispute resolution and assess their application to real world situations that apply in international business

CLO2: Communicate the essential meanings of the provisions of international conventions and court rulings which have shaped the practice of international trade by analysing international legal cases

CLO3: Analyse and research complex problems relating to international commercial disputes, by developing the capacity to accurately assess the relevance of legal principles and then apply them in order to resolve disputes

CLO4: Critique the principles that have been incorporated in free trade agreements and conventions applicable to international trade, and demonstrate the ways in which they impact on commercial transactions between parties located in different countries.


Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will be encouraged to be an active learner. Your learning will be supported through various in-class and online activities comprising individual and group work. These may include quizzes; assignments; prescribed readings; sourcing, researching and analysing specific information; solving problems; conducting presentations; producing written work and collaborating with peers on set tasks or projects.

Overview of Learning Resources

From 2018, Canvas is RMIT University's Learning Management System. Canvas is a flexible online system which will provide you with an engaging and exciting learning experience as part of your studies with us. The Canvas platform will be the primary site for you to gain access to all the resources designed to support your learning in this course. Your Canvas portal can accessed by logging into the following RMIT page:

Overview of Assessment


Assessment Tasks


Assessment    Task Weighting (%)    Linked CLOs
Task 1                       30%                    2, 3, 4
Task 2                        30%                   1, 2, 3
Task 3                        40%                    1, 2, 3,4

The assessment alignment table shows how assessment tasks assist in developing particular learning outcomes.