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LAW8118 International Business Law

Semester 1, 2016 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Law and Justice
Student contribution band : Band 3
ASCED code : 090909 - International Law

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Examiner: Des Taylor

Other requisites

Pre-requisite: Enrolment in a postgraduate program.

Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at //


A study of international business involves an examination of the environment in which such business is conducted. One important aspect of that environment is law. The law impacts not only on transactions which have a transnational aspect but also on the methods and structures through which an organisation, for example, one based in Australia, may conduct business overseas. It is clear that a failure to appreciate the legal ramifications of particular practices and transactions can have an adverse effect on the operations of an enterprise engaging in international business.


This course examines the impact of the law on the enterprises that conduct international business and on particular transactions entered into by such enterprises. The law concerning the formation and some other aspects of international sales contracts especially pursuant to the CISG as well as the law relating to the international transport of goods by sea and international payments (documentary credits) will be examined. The course will also explore selected legal aspects of one particular regional grouping (namely the European Union). In addition, a study will be made of the law concerning some of the methods by which private international legal disputes are resolved with the focus being on international commercial arbitration.


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

  1. demonstrate applied knowledge of the law relating to the common forms of contracts used in international sales transactions
  2. demonstrate applied knowledge of the law and legal ramifications associated with the international transportation of goods by sea
  3. demonstrate applied knowledge of how international payments are effected by documentary credits and some of the relevant legal issues associated therewith
  4. demonstrate an understanding of the changes brought about by the European Union (EU) - and its legal order
  5. identify complex problems regarding the main methods by which private international legal disputes are resolved especially transnational litigation and international commercial arbitration creatively and practically
  6. demonstrate problem-solving skills appropriate to international business law
  7. demonstrate satisfactory skills in communication
  8. demonstrate cultural literacy skills by understanding the international legal context for conducting business.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Incoterms and CISG-governed Contracts for the International Sale of Goods 20.00
2. International transport of goods by sea 20.00
3. International payments (documentary credits) 20.00
4. Regional groupings - the European Union 20.00
5. International dispute resolution 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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  • Chuah, J 2013, Law of international trade: cross-border commercial transactions, 5th edn, Sweet & Maxwell, London.
  • Homewood, M 2014, EU law concentrate, 4th edn, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.
  • Mann, T (ed) 2013, Australian law dictionary, 2nd edn, OUP, Melbourne, Australia.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • The examiner will during the teaching semester advise students in the course area in USQStudyDesk of any recommended reference materials not already mentioned in the USQ course Introductory Book and course Study Book.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 40.00
Directed Study 56.00
Private Study 69.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ONLINE TEST 20 20 23 May 2016
EXAMINATION 60 60 End S1 (see note 1)

  1. This will be an open examination. The total working time for the examination is 2 hours. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official examination timetable has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    If you are an international student in Australia, you are advised to attend all classes at your campus. For all other students, there are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    The course examiner can refuse to accept a late submission if he/she has not previously been granted an extension in relation to same.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    This will be an open examination. Candidates may have access to any printed or written material during the examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at