Course Title: Global Trade and Business Law

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Global Trade and Business Law

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Dr Olasupo Owoye

Course Coordinator Phone: -

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Buidling 13

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Assumed knowledge: Becoming a Lawyer in Globalised World; Law, Business and Human Rights; Principles of Company Law

Course Description

Contemporary business – regardless of size or industry – operates not just within domestic legal frameworks, but international ones too. This course provides you with an overview of the various international legal and regulatory regimes that govern and impact the conduct of business and global commerce, and the institutions that support them.  This course will examine the impact of State-based international law, and “soft-law” legal instruments that seek to regulate international commercial activities – including international trade law and international protections over intellectual property, international contract law pertaining to the international sale of goods and the transport of those goods overseas. You will develop an understanding of the value and relevance of international commercial and trade law to the conduct of modern business enterprises, and how international commercial disputes are resolved.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


On successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

CLO1: Identify he key features, concepts and legal rules in international trade and commercial law.

CLO2: Apply relevant international legal principles to common cross-border commercial disputes or issues, including those surrounding the international sale of goods and global trade agreements.

CLO3: Research, analyse and evaluate issues in International trade and business law.

CLO4: Reflect on how international law seeks to promote and enhance global commerce, and critique international trade law’s impact on commerce and society.

CLO5: Evaluate different means of resolving international commercial disputes.

Overview of Learning Activities

To achieve the objectives this course requires you to participate in various learning activities. These activities comprise of lectures, tutorials, self directed learning, participation through in-class and online activities, legal writing exercises, collaborating with peers on set tasks or projects, and a final examination.

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: 10%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2

Assessment Task 2: 40%
Linked CLOs: 2, 3, 4, 5

Assessment Task 3: 50%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

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.