Course Title: International Business Law

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: International Business Law

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


615H Accounting




City Campus


660H Graduate School of Business and Law


Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2024


Open Learning Australia

Non Award

660H Graduate School of Business and Law

Distance / Correspondence


Course Coordinator: Dr Jonathan Kolieb

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1553

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study
040015 - Introduction to the Australian Legal System and Legal Methods
049812 - Contract Law


Course Description

This course aims to provide students with an understanding of the legal environment framework within which business is conducted internationally. Specifically, the course will cover the nature of international law and its application in a variety of countries; international organisations such as the UN, the OECD and the WTO; the contractual law that applies to international transactions (CISG); the establishment of operations in another country; the protection of IP and Electronic commerce; the international payment systems; foreign investment; and international taxation issues. Students will begin to appreciate what laws apply in given situations and how these laws operate. Students will also develop skills in reading, understanding and applying International treaties and conventions, statutes, case materials and journal articles. This involves the development of comprehension skills, legal literacy, and the students’ ability to analyse problems and to express ideas in a precise manner.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

See learning outcomes

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

CLO1: Demonstrate an advanced and integrated knowledge of international law and domestic law together in order to develop a sophisticated understanding of the impact of these laws on international business practice.

CLO2: Apply critical analysis and reflection on the role international business law plays in shaping corporate governance in an organisation.

CLO3: Analyse and research complex problems relating to international business law, including contracting and transport of goods across national borders and make reasoned and appropriate choices amongst alternatives.

CLO4: Critically analyse legal issues relating to international business law and generate appropriate responses.

CLO5: Synthesise and evaluate different theories, legal methodologies and professional decisions relating to international business law in order to critically examine key legal issues impacting global business and trade.


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 on legal problems and policy issues.
* Engaging in legal research by traditional means but also using electronic legal data bases and internet searching,
* Giving presentations

Overview of Learning Resources

Canvas is RMIT University's Learning Management System. It 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 Task 1: 20%

Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 5

Assessment Task 2: 40%

Linked CLOs: 3, 4

Assessment Task 3: 40%

Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5