LAW4159 - International business transactions - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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



Quota applies

The number of places available for a unit taught in Prato is strictly limited to 45. This is the maximum room capacity at the Prato Centre.

Not offered in 2017


The national and international laws applicable to international

commercial transactions including the movement of goods, capital and

services. The sale of goods and services by parties in one nationstate

to parties in another (and the financing of such a contract of

sale). The transfer of technology both from and to a nation-state

through licensing and franchising. The establishment of foreign-owned

means of production abroad through direct foreign investment and

international joint ventures. Legal regimes and international treaties that

regulate and impact upon international business transactions. The

resolution of disputes that may occur in such transactions.


On completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge and understanding of the various views, including economic theories, concerning the rationale for and objectives of international commercial law with creativity and initiative to new situations for further learning;
  2. Investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories in relation to the legal problems that arise from international business transactions;
  3. Conduct research in the content of the main issues that should be addressed when negotiating a contract for the international sale of goods and services, the financing of international transactions, and the transport of goods internationally based on knowledge of appropriate research principles and methods;
  4. Use cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate at an abstract level complex ideas and concepts relevant to the law dealing with international contracts of sale, including the laws dealing with international payment of goods and the law relating to the contracts of carriage and insurance of goods.


Seminar participation: 10%, seminar presentation: 10% and take-home examination of 4,000 words maximum: 80%.

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. 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)


For students who commenced their LLB (Hons) course in 2015 or later:

LAW1111; LAW1114; LAW1112; LAW1113; LAW2101; LAW2102; LAW2112 and LAW2111

For students who commenced their LLB course prior to 2015: LAW1100 OR LAW1101 and LAW1102 or LAW1104; LAW2100 or LAW2101 and LAW2102


For students who commenced their LLB (Hons) course in 2015 or later: LAW3111 and LAW3112