BL32 International Law in Business and Commerce

Module Name
International Law in Business and Commerce
Module Code
High school Diploma or final certificate, equivalent to the Netherlands HAVO Diploma
1. An introduction to juridical aspects of companies, operating in an international context, 2. To give students understanding of basic aspects of law in relation to doing business, like contracts, tort and agencies.
  • To get understanding of the multilevel sources of international law, reaching awareness of the multitude of subjects operating in that context and of their structure;
  • To develop skills of analysis and interpretation through the process of critical legal thinking;
  • To reach knowledge of how States of the International community can influence trade relationships by means of their authority;
  •  To develop the awareness that the contract is the main source of obligations within the international trade context and to get understanding of the ways in which contracting parties reach the agreement and perform it;
  • To get understanding of the pathological aspects of contracts and of related emerging liability;
  • To develop a critical approach to the several opportunities that national and international law offer to solve dispute within business environment;
  • To develop a critical approach towards the role of business operators in trade, with specific reference to his/her social responsibility in delicate issues as consumer protection, environment, labor;
  • To develop skills of analysis of the new challenges that business law has to face in modern society, like the needs to protect intellectual property rights in the era of globalization and to regulate e-commerce;
  • To develop skills of analysis of the way in which law regulates structures and behavior of business subjects and of the means by which it carries on such ruling;
  • To get understanding of the way in which law protects the different interests of subject involved in business transactions

Chapter 1 – Nature of Law and Critical Legal Thinking

Chapter 2 – Judicial and Alternative Dispute Resolution

Chapter 3 – Constitutional Authority to Regulate Business

Chapter 4 – Ethics and Social Responsibility of Business

Chapter 5 – Negligence and Intentional Torts

Chapter 6  - Product and Strict Liability

Chapter 7 – Business Crimes and Criminal Law

Chapter 8 – Intellectual Property and Information Technology

Chapter 9 – International and Comparative Law

Chapter 10 – Formation of Traditional and Online Contracts

Chapter 11 – Performance of Contracts and Remedies for Breach

Chapter 12 – Internet Law and Electronic Commerce

Chapter 13 – Agency Law

Chapter 14 – Entrepreneurship, Sole Proprietorship and Franchising

Chapter 15 – Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies

Chapter 16 – Domestic and Multinational Corporations

Chapter 17 - Labor and Worker Protection Laws

Chapter 18 – Equal opportunity in Employment

Chapter 19 – Administrative Law and Consumer Protection

Chapter 20 – Environmental Protection

Chapter 21 – Antitrust Law

Chapter 22 – Investor Protection and Securities Regulation

Chapter 23 – Personal and Real Property

Chapter 24 – Negotiable Instruments, Credit and Bankruptcy

Instruction / Study Load

24 lesson hours

8 Preparation Lesson hours

10 Assignments / Homework hours

20 Exam and exam preparation hours

50 Literature (Depending on the length and difficulty of the book) hours

The course uses 350 pages from the book(s) and journal articles where:

  • 350 pages easy reading and understanding material – 50 Hours


  • Difficult reading and understanding material – 3 pages per hour
  • Average reading and understanding material – 5 pages per hour
  • Easy reading and understanding  material – 7 pages per hour

Total 112 Hours

IBA Final Qualification Mapping
Mapped with numbers 1,3,11 and 18 See the EEG for further reference.
Teaching Language
Teaching Methods
  • Classroom lecturing
  • Case study discussions
  • Feedback and presentation sessions
  • Video and film
  • Discussion sessions
  • Research Papers
Module / Lecture and seminar status
Testing and assessment
Written Examination (1) See the EEG for further reference.
European Credits
Required literature
The legal and regulatory environment, 4th edition; Henry R. Cheeseman; Prentice Hall. ISBN 0-13-146548-1;