Netherlands, Middelburg (NL)

International Business Law: Comparing the USA and Europe

when 15 June 2015 - 26 June 2015
duration 2 weeks
credits 4 ECTS
fee EUR 1050

If you are interested in an international job, it is indispensable to know the basics of international business law. International transactions imply international contract-making, a certain mutual understanding and effective instruments for dispute-settlement. In this intensive two-weeks course the process of contract formation, the consequences of breach of contracts, the principles of corporate structure-law and the main issues in insolvency law will be dealt with. Students are stimulated to analyze and discuss recent cases and they are confronted with the main challenges of business law in a comparative perspective.

If you are interested in an international job, it is indispensable to know the basics of international business law. International transactions imply international contract-making, a certain mutual understanding and effective instruments for dispute-settlement. In this intensive two-weeks course the process of contract formation, the consequences of breach of contracts, the principles of corporate structure-law and the main issues in insolvency law will be dealt with. Students are stimulated to analyze and discuss recent cases and they are confronted with the main challenges of business law in a comparative perspective.

A unique feature of this course is that we – in a cooperation of an American College and a Dutch college – have developed a comparative perspective. American and European students will work together in one course. After a more general introduction in the different legal traditions – common law and civil law – lawyers from both sides of the ocean will present the legal frameworks. It will become clear that a certain unification and harmonization in international business law is of vital importance. Recent cases will be presented and students are urged to discuss the relevant facts and legal considerations. Visits are planned to The Hague (International Court of Justice, Hague Conference of Private International Law) and Brussels (EU-institutions, Justice Palace).

A range of topics will be addressed:
- Comparative History of Civil and Common Law Systems and the Recent Convergence
- Contract Formation as the Basis for Business
- Factors Invalidating Contracts
- Contracts in Writing
- Performance, Breach and Remedies
- International Dispute Settlement, the Role of Judges and Arbitration
- Corporate Structure and Organization
- Corporate Social Responsibility
- Bankruptcy and Insolvency
- The Future of international Business Law: Crucial Developments

Course leader

Frank Primiani JD (Green River College) and Prof. Pieter Ippel LLM (University College Roosevelt and Utrecht University)

Target group

This course is aimed toward bachelor students in law, politics, management studies and economics.

Course aim

To understand the main issues in and principles of International Business law and to become aware of the significance of contract-making, international dispute-settlement and corporate structure-law. Students are able to reflect on recent developments and future perspectives.

Credits info

4 ECTS
Certificate of Attendance

Fee info

EUR 1050: Course + course materials + housing
EUR 700: Course + course materials

Scholarships

Utrecht Summer School doesn't offer scholarships for this course.

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