Critical Law and Practice of International Business Transactions - LW629

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn
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6 15 (7.5) DR G Oduntan







The module focuses on current issues in the law and practice of international business and trade law from critical perspectives. This includes exposing deficiencies in the regulation of international trade finance, international marketing operations, Countertrade, international commercial dispute settlement mechanisms and corruption in international business. The module considers the involvement of emerging business and financial jurisdictions in international trade. It broadly explores the inequities of global integration of international trade law and considers the influences of European Union law and those of leading developed economies and financial jurisdictions on regulation and actual practice of the field of international business transactions. Attention will be given to specialist and emerging areas of law such as international mergers and acquisition as well as philosophical aspects of international trade such as the Lex Mercatoria. It seeks to provide a comparative overview of emerging trends in international business regulation and aims to make students aware of ethical dimensions of international business transactions. Topics to be covered include International Trade within the contexts of public and private international law and international politics; Development and underdevelopment of commercial laws in international trade; mergers and acquisitions; counter trade as an alternative to current system of international business and trade; international franchising and agencies abroad; international commercial dispute settlement mechanisms; international corruption and the bribery of foreign officials; doctrine and practice of the New Lex Mercatoria.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of seminars.

Method of assessment

50% coursework, consisting of one essay of 3000 words and 50% examination.

Indicative reading

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module, student will be able to:

Demonstrate a systematic introductory knowledge and understanding of a range of critical and theoretical perspectives, of the structure and distribution of power among states and the effects of this on international trade as well as parties in different states;
Demonstrate a critical knowledge and understanding of the legal rules governing international trade;
Demonstrate a detailed knowledge and understanding of international business transactions;
Demonstrate a systematic understanding of current developments in international trade regulation;
Identify and critically evaluate the legal validity of contracts governing international business transactions;
Identify and critically evaluate the institutional structures of hegemony and identify their causal power in determining the way in which individuals and corporate persons may respond to them within the national and international system;
Critically evaluate the impact of a range of treaties and Statutes of England and Wales on the emergence and development of:
- Free trade
- Dispute resolution
- Anticorruption and money laundering
Read and evaluate legal texts and cases and understand their relevance to international trade and cross national business transactions.

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