International Business Law – JURI 630

CG • Section • 12/17/2019 to 05/25/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

A study of selected international legal issues affecting or regulating multinational enterprise, foreign investment, the banking system, trade in goods and services, labor matters, intellectual property, sales transactions, transportation, and trade financing.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

In an era of globalization, one of the most important areas of study in international and domestic law is the one regarding the legal principles and norms applicable to international business relations. The objective of this course is to study the international public law, international private law, and comparative law aspects of international business relations. This course addresses key issues regarding the application of legal norms in foreign investment, the banking system, trade in goods and services, intellectual property, sales transactions and transportation.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Learn fundamental international legal doctrines, norms, and principles applicable to international business transactions.
  2. Consider the importance of comparative law and cross-cultural communication for the resolution of international business transaction disputes.
  3. Make proper interpretations of international norms and apply them to specific cases by considering the global context, in which international business transactions take place, and the importance of understanding diverse legal systems and cultures.
  4. Learn the nature of the international legal system, including the functioning of international organizations which regulate and influence international business relations.
  5. Understand the integrative methodology for the legal analysis of international business relations, including the public international law, private international law, and comparative law aspects.
  6. Apply fundamental legal norms and principles to international business transaction issues such as the international trade in goods and services and the international protection of intellectual property.
  7. Apply legal norms and principles of international contracts, including the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods to international business transaction.
  8. Understand the key place of ethical norms for the proper functioning of international business relations.
  9. Understand the application of international law to international business relations consistent with the Christian worldview.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 400–500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student will reply to at least 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 250 words.

Research Paper

Thesis Statement and Outline

The student will write an outline of at least 900 words with major points and a thesis statement of no more than 2 sentences that specifies the subject matter of the Research Paper.

Draft

The student will write a draft of the Research Paper that is at least 3,000 words. The draft must include an outline, introduction, thesis statement, main body, and conclusion as well as a bibliography and at least 15 citations in current Bluebook format. The word count includes the citations, but not the outline.

Final

The student will submit his or her final Research Paper of at least 5,000 words with at least 25 citations in current Bluebook format. The word count includes the citations, but not the outline. Note: LL.M students must add an additional 2,500 words of writing in their final paper. This is a Pass/Fail component of this assignment. This is not required of the JM students.

Case Briefs (3)

The student will write 3 case briefs of at least 500 words each that according to his or her view are the most influential and interesting cases. Each case brief must be in current Bluebook format.

Video Lecture Quiz

The quiz will cover the Reading & Study presentation for Module/Week 1. The quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 5 multiple choice and true/false questions, and have a 25-minute time limit.

Quizzes (3)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned module/week. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain a combination of 10 multiple-choice, true/false, and short answer questions, and have a 1-hour time limit.