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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedCity (Melbourne) Trimester 3 2011 (On-campus split block of classes)
Coordinator(s)Professor Justin Malbon


This unit 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
  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
  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%

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Justin Malbon

Contact hours

24 contact hours per semester (either intensive, semi-intensive or semester long, depending on the Faculty resources, timetabling and requirements)