Course Title: Transnational Law

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Transnational Law

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


615H Accounting


Sem 2 2009


City Campus


660H Grad School of Bus and Law


Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2015

Course Coordinator: Tyrone Berger

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 000

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: Building 13

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Introduction to the Australian legal System and Legal Methods

Course Description

This course examines that aspect of international law that does not fall within the scope of traditional public international law or private international law. The focus of this course will be on :
• historical formation of transnational law
• customary transnational law
• international treaties, conventions and agreements
• voluntary codes and codification
• a study of selected areas of substantive law: commercial, trade, corporate, property, family and climate change law
• international alternative dispute resolution and transnational law


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

See learning outcomes 

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

1. demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of transnational law and undertake analytical differences between international public, private and transnational legal frameworks, obligations and effects;
2. critically evaluate the law relating to transnational law and identify areas of reform;
3. analyse and research complex problems relating to transnational law and make reasoned and appropriate choices amongst alternatives;
4. demonstrate sophisticated cognitive and creative skills in approaching legal issues relating to transnational law and generate appropriate responses

Overview of Learning Activities

To achieve the objectives listed above this course requires you to participate in various learning activities. These activities comprise the following:

• Leading class discussion
• Engaging in legal research by traditional means but also using electronic legal data bases and internet searching,
• Participation in class discussion

Overview of Learning Resources

Students will be advised of the prescribed text for this course and other reading materials upon enrolment.

This course is supported online using the Learning Hub. The Learning hub gives access to important announcements, staff contact details, the teaching schedule, assessment timelines and a variety of important teaching and learning materials. The Learning Hub of the DLS can be found at


Overview of Assessment

The courses of the RMIT Graduate School of Business and Law use assessment to measure and report on your achievement of capabilities against learning outcomes and to provide you with feedback on your performance and progress. Generally, assessment you will face in this course may include group assignments and presentations, individual assignments, class presentations, participation, projects and an end of semester examination.