Course Description



This course provides an in-depth introduction to the legal and practical aspects of doing business transnationally, with an emphasis on specific transactions that are common in international practice and on the differences in Anglo-Saxon common law and European Code-based legal and business cultures. We will cover the following topics: the cross-border sale of goods, including commercial letters of credit, sales agencies, distributorships, bills of lading, and customs regulations; cross-border intellectual property transfers, licensing and franchising; international treaties and institutions established to protect intellectual property; international investment treaty law and selected provisions of European Union law that are commonly applicable to financial transactions; basic principles of international taxation; sources of international business law, and the relationship between international and domestic legal frameworks; a survey of international commercial arbitration, international conventions on the enforcement of foreign arbitral awards and judgments, and other dispute resolution issues.