International Commercial Transactions (LAWS5138)


The objective of this unit is to provide students with an introduction to a number of areas of international and cross-border business law and business transactions and to provide students with a basis which will allow them to study some of those areas in more detail. The course will begin with an overview of the scope of the law relating to international transactions. The core topics are international sale of goods, carriage of goods, international payments and financing of international sales, an introduction to the regulation of international trade, and methods of doing business in foreign markets, including international protection of intellectual property, dispute resolution in international business disputes, and the availability and use of available business structures and methods such as direct foreign investment. As part of the discussion of doing business in foreign markets and use of available business structures, students will look at the structure and drafting of international commercial agreements, and may participate in a skills exercise.

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Further unit of study information


2x2hr seminars/week for 10 weeks


Either [3500wd mid-term research essay (50%) and final exam (50%)] or [final exam (100%)].

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


LAWS1015 or LAWS1002 or LAWS2008 or LAWS5002


LAWS3072 or LAWS3438

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.