International Business Transactions

Course Information

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Meeting Times

Day Time Location
MON, WED, THU 1:00 - 2:07 pm TNH 3.124

Evaluation Method

Type Date Time Location
Floating take-home exam (administered by Exam4)


International business transactions (IBTs) have become increasingly important in today's global economy, raising a host of complex legal and policy issues: What law(s) should govern international business contracts? Should the US impose tariffs on imports from China? Should it continue to participate in international organizations such as the World Trade Organization (WTO), and trade agreements such as the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)? What effects, if any, are likely to ensue as a result of the United Kingdom’s decision to “exit” the European Union (EU)?

This survey course is designed to provide you with a broad overview of the skills and understanding you will need to advise clients on these issues and more. We will focus on three primary types of IBTs:

  • international trade transactions (import-export agreements)
  • international technology transfer agreements (intellectual property license agreements); and
  • foreign direct investment (establishment or acquisition of a foreign business operation).

There are no prerequisites.

At the end of the semester you should be able to understand the following concepts and apply them to specific fact situations:

  • the main types of IBTS and their basic characteristics;
  • sources of IBT law (e.g. domestic law; foreign law; customary international law; treaties such as the WTO, USMCA, CISG and the New York Arbitration Convention);
  • regulatory issues raised by IBTs (e.g. customs law; trade remedies; export controls; foreign investment restrictions; corporate social responsibility rules)
  • contractual issues raised by IBTs (e.g. choice of law; dispute settlement; payment & transportation)

Textbooks ( * denotes required )

Transnational Business Problems *
Vagts, Detlev F., Dodge, William S., Buxbaum, Hannah L., and Koh, Harold Hongju
West Academic , edition: 6th
ISBN: 9781683286523


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Important Class Changes

Date Updated
11/23/2022 Room(s) changed
11/18/2022 Room(s) changed