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LAW7028 - International trade law

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Law

Leader: Professor Jeff Waincymer


City Term 3 2007 (On-campus)


This course is built around four main topics:

  1. the International Trade of Goods including the contracts for sale, transport and financing of goods to and from Australia;
  2. entry into a foreign market through the mechanisms of distributionship, agency, franchising, licensing and technology transfer;
  3. impediments to a regulation of international trade - the impact of the GATT/WTO and,
  4. international dispute resolution - negotiation, mediation, litigation and arbitration.


Students who successfully complete this unit should have:

  1. an awareness of the kinds of legal problems that arise from international commercial transactions;
  2. acquired an understanding of how the law of sale of goods, negotiable instruments, carriage of goods, and dispute settlement is affected when goods cross national boundaries;
  3. a familiarity with the principal mechanisms that trading parties use to resolve or reduce those problems;
  4. an appreciation of contemporary issues in Australia's international trading relationships;
  5. an awareness of the ways in which government controls of various kinds may affect private international commercial transactions; and
  6. a broad knowledge of how the general problems of international trade operate in selected specific areas.


Research assignment (3,750 words): 50%
Take home examination (3,750 words): 50%

Contact hours