Faculty of Law

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedCity (Melbourne) Trimester 3 2014 (On-campus block of classes)


Quota applies

Postgraduate programs are based on a model of small group teaching and therefore class sizes need to be restricted.


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%

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Workload requirements

Students enrolled in this unit will be provided with 24 contact hours of seminars per semester whether intensive, semi-intensive, or semester-long offering. Students will be expected to do the reading set for class, and to undertake additional research and reading applicable to a six credit point unit.