Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will examine the legal framework of private international business transactions, including: the legal architecture of the international economic system; international sale of goods; bills of lading; letters of credit; government regulation of imports and exports; technology transfer and intellectual property protection; and forms and regulation of foreign direct investment. These topics are considered generally and in specific comparative context across countries (including industrialized countries, transitional economies, and developing countries) and across types of transaction subject matter (e.g. technology transfer, sale of goods).

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSara Smyth

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Admission into LMJD - Juris Doctor LML - Master of Laws LMGBL - Master of Laws in Global Business Law LMLAW - Master of Laws


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsInternational Business Transactions: A Problem Oriented CoursebookRecommendedRalph H Folsom, Michael Wallace Gordon, John A Spangogle, Jr, Peter L Fitzgerals, and Michael P Van Alstine 2012St Paul: West Publishing Co.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the legal framework of private international business transactions.

Take home examination and research essay

02. Critically analyse the legal architecture of the international economic system.

Take home examination and research essay

03. Evaluate claims made in a factual scenario and distinguish between the types of transaction subject matter across countries.

Take home examination

04. Demonstrate high level research skills in relation to primary and secondary sources relating to private international business transactions

Research essay

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Start date between: and    Key dates

City Campus, 2018, Summer 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSara Smyth

Class requirements

Lecture/Seminar Week: 01 - 06
Four 7.0 hours lecture/seminar per study period on weekdays during the day from week 01 to week 06 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Take Home Examination (4000 words)60 01, 02, 03
Research Essay (2000 words)40 01, 02, 04