Teaching plan for the course unit



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General information


Course unit name: International Business Law

Course unit code: 364569

Academic year: 2021-2022

Coordinator: Georgina Garriga Suau

Department: Department of Private Law

Credits: 6

Single program: S



Estimated learning time

Total number of hours 150


Face-to-face and/or online activities



-  Lecture with practical component

Face-to-face and online




-  Problem-solving class

Face-to-face and online



Supervised project


Independent learning




Competences to be gained during study



CG9 - Capacity to interpret the evolution of the business environment and adaptations to change.


CG5 - Ability to work in a team (capacity to collaborate with others and contribute to a common project, capacity to work in cross-disciplinary and multicultural teams).


CG8 - Capacity to communicate in English and/or other foreign languages orally and in writing, comprehension skills, and mastery of specialized language.


CG1 - Commitment to ethical practice (critical and self-critical skills and attitudes that comply with ethical and deontological principles).


CG3 - Capacity for learning and responsibility (capacity for analysis, synthesis, to adopt global perspectove and to apply knowledge in practice).


CE10 - Ability to take planning and organizational decisions in an international busniess context.


CE6 - Ability to appraise processes and decision-making in the development of international operations.


CE2 - Comprehensive understanding of the international economic, legal and socio-political framework, and ability to use this knowledge to oversee international business decisions.

Learning objectives


Referring to knowledge

— Become familiar with the basic concepts and principles governing the legal framework of international business.

— Be introduced to the critical analysis of legal documents and case law related to the course programme.


Referring to abilities, skills

— Understand and apply the basic vocabulary of the legal areas included in the course programme.

— Become familiar with the prevention and resolution of conflicts, in particular those related to international contracts.



Teaching blocks


1. International business law

1.1. Introduction
a) Definition, content and object of international business law
b) Specific legal problems in cross-border business transactions

1.3. Mechanisms for dispute resolution
a) Definition and typology
b) Legal framework of international jurisdiction
c) Legal framework of international commercial arbitration
d) Introduction to alternative dispute resolution


1.2. International sale of goods
a) Legal framework: interaction among legal sources
b) Principles of contract law
c) Commercial usages and contractual practices
d) Regulation 593/2008 on the law applicable to contractual obligations
e) The United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (1980)

2. Practical international business operation

This part may cover any of the following legal aspects:
a) International sale of goods contract
b) International transport of goods
c) International dispute resolution
d) International commercial agency contract




Teaching methods and general organization


The teaching methodology consists of lectures with a practical component combined with problem-solving exercises based on practical cases. During the course, special attention is paid to case law, mainly concerning the European Court of Justice.

Students should also bear in mind that a minimum of 10 hours of the course are taught in two split subgroups. Students’ attendance is required on alternate weeks or sessions.



Official assessment of learning outcomes


Continuous assessment

Continuous assessment consists of the following:

1. Individual assignment: multiple-choice examination (20% of the final grade).

2. Small group assignment: problem-solving exercise followed by an oral presentation in class (30%).

3. Individual final examination: problem-solving exercise based on a practical case (50%).

Students who wish to renounce continuous assessment may do it at any time before the last day of class.


Examination-based assessment

The single assessment examination (100%) consists of a problem-solving exercise based on a practical case and short-answer questions.

Repeat assessment

The repeat assessment exam has the same structure as the single assessment exam.



Reading and study resources

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BISHOP, Bernard. European Union law for international business : an introduction. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2009

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CHUAH, Jason. Law of international trade : cross-border commercial transactions. 6th ed. London : Sweet & Maxwell, 2019.

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ESPLUGUES MOTA, Carlos (dir), PALAO MORENO, Guillermo...[et al]. Derecho del comercio internacional. 8a ed. Valencia : Tirant lo Blanch, 2017.

  Being acquired.

Catāleg UB (7th ed., 2016)  Enllaç

FERNÁNDEZ ROZAS, José Carlos; ARENAS GARCÍA, Rafael; MIGUEL ASENSIO, Pedro Alberto de. Derecho de los negocios internacionales. 6a ed. Madrid : Iustel, 2020.

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FORNER DELAYGUA, Joaquim;  GARRIGA SUAU, Georgina;  PARRA RODRÍGUEZ, Carmen. Materiales de derecho del comercio internacional. Valencia : Tirant lo Blanch, 2006

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HUBER, Peter;  MULLIS, Alastair. The CISG : a new textbook for students and practitioners. München : Sellier, 2007

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HOUTTE, Hans Van. The Law of international trade. 2nd ed. London : Sweet & Maxwell, 2002

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