BTM5919 - International trade law - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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


Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

Department of Business Law and Taxation


Dr Thaatchaayini Kananatu

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Evening)
  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


Topics cover both public and private international trade law, including the WTO and dispute settlement within its framework; rights and duties in international sales transactions; legal regimes governing contracts for carriage of goods internationally and the rights and duties arising there under; legal aspects of financing international trade through documentary collections and letters of credit; marine insurance; and international dispute resolution.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. understand the purpose and scope of the international legal framework in which trade between nations takes place
  2. recognise and understand the nature and purpose of documents used in international trade including contracts of sale, shipping documentation, invoices, insurance policies, bills of exchange and letters of credit
  3. identify and understand legal issues in an international trade context
  4. apply the laws relating to international contracts of sale, international carriage of goods, international finance and marine insurance in a variety of practical situations
  5. write a coherent piece of advice discussing the legal implications of the issues arising in an international trade dispute.


Within semester assessment: 40% + Examination: 60%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)


BTF5919, BTS5919, BTX5190, BTX9190, LAW7028, LAW7209