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 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Lemuel Lopez

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 0269

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 13

Course Coordinator Availability: By Appointment

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

Various learning resources are available online through MyRMIT Studies\Canvas. The lecture notes and workshop notes are posted on Canvas.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. Visit the RMIT library website for further details. Assistance is available online via our chat and email services, face to face at our campus libraries or via the telephone on (03) 9925 2020.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator and will be made available to you as required during the teaching period. 

Overview of Assessment

The assessment tasks, their weighting and the course learning outcomes to which they are aligned are as follows:

Assessment Task 1: 30%
Linked CLOs: 2, 3, 4

Assessment Task 2: 30%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3

Assessment Task 3: 40%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.