Master of Business Administration

LAW‐601 : Legal Business Environment

Course Description

This course is designed to provide fundamental notions on key legal and institutional concepts of
international business transactions, from the law of international economic institutions to the
international regime of global trade, sales of goods and dispute resolution.
It will cover four main topics: International Contracts, International Trade Organizations,
Intellectual/Industrial Property Rights and Dispute Resolution Methods.
On the international trade of goods and services side, the main actors and contract structures (i.e.
contractual capacity, contractual legality, etc) will be defined and analyzed. Within the same field,
international organizations rules and international trade legal practices will be analyzed. A particular
approach will be given to intellectual property.
Finally on the Dispute Resolution Methods, as almost all sectors governed by property law may be
affected by an international element, a focus will be put on how these private situations should be
handled legally and how to resolve the issues that they raise; both from the judicial and extrajudicial
perspective, i.e., both from the perspective of international litigation as well as arbitration or mediation.

 


Course Objectives

  • Provide basic knowledge on the fundamental legal aspects of international trade;
  • Understand how corporations deal everyday with international legal aspects;
  • Identify sources of regulation that are applicable to international business transactions: international conventions, national law, commercial practices and other forms of “soft law”;
  • Understand the legal principles that bind corporations when operating internationally;
  • Identify situations where international disputes may arise;
  • Know the main tools in order to solve international disputes.

 


Learning Goals

The student will be able to:

  • Identify the principal legal aspects that a corporation will face when operating internationally;
  • Understand how the key parts of an international business contract;
  • Understand when and how an international dispute may arise;
  • Provide solutions in order to settle an international dispute.

 

Bibliography

Textbook

Anthony Liuzzo (2016) Essentials of Business Law, 9e, Mc Graw Hill


Additional Recommended Reading


Grading System

Grade Percentage Quality Credit Points
A 93 ‐ 100 Outstanding 4
A- 90 ‐ 92   3.75
B+ 87 ‐ 89   3.5
B 83 ‐ 86 Good 3
B- 80 ‐ 82   2.75
C+ 77 ‐ 79 Satisfactory 2.5
C 70 ‐ 76   2
F 0 ‐ 69 Failure 0

 

Course Outline

Session 1
Description International Contracts: Actors, Structures, Limits
To read Read Textbook
To prepare Questions and comments
Session 2
Description International Law: International Organizations, IP
To read  Read Textbook
To prepare Questions and comments
Session 3
Description Dispute Resolution Methods
To read Read Textbook
To prepare Questions and comments
Session 4
Description International legal systems
To read Read Textbook
To prepare Questions and comments
Session 5
Description Local, national and international law, and international treaties
To read Read Textbook
To prepare Questions and comments

 

Assessment

Attendance
Percent of the final grade: 10%
Mid‐term Assignment
Percent of the final grade: 40%
Final Exam
Percent of the final grade: 50%

 


Academic integrity

Students are required to read UBIS Rules and Regulations on plagiarism and to acknowledge the
multiple forms that plagiarism takes along with the sanctions that can go as far as school exclusion.
Every infraction will be reported to the disciplinary board which will analyse the situation and
circumstances, and decide on the sanction to apply.


Academic dishonesty may take the forms of: 1. Plagiarism, i.e. copying the ideas or work of another
person without citing the source. This includes books, extracts of articles, tables, diagrams and material
from internet or other electronic sources. 2. Submission of work more than once, including work
submitted at a prior institution, unless prior approval has been obtained. 3. Cheating on an examination.
4. Submission of work that is not your own without citation. 5. Adding your name to work to which you
have not contributed or allowing another student to do the same. 6. Unauthorized or inappropriate use
of computers, calculators and other forms of technology in coursework, assignments or examinations. All these can lead to disciplinary sanction.

Please refer to your student handbook for full details.