Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
BA 141
Course Title:
Introduction to International Business Law
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Course Description

Surveys international aspects of traditional business law subjects (sales, commercial paper, corporate law, agency, etc.) and related subjects (antitrust law, administrative law, trade regulation, etc.). Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115, and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

Courses with three digit numbers may be transferable to four-year colleges and universities. Students should consult with these other institutions regarding transfer possibilities.
The student should consult the Business Administration Department for a listing of the approved materials. Current prices for materials may be found at the PCC bookstore.

Intended Outcomes for the course


Course Activities and Design

The course format will primarily be lecture/discussion supplemented by the use of guest speakers, slide, film and video presentations where available and appropriate.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

At the beginning of the course, the instructor will detail the methods used to evaluate student progress and the criteria for assigning a course grade. The methods may include one or more of the following tools: examinations, quizzes, homework assignments, research papers, small group problem solving of questions arising from application of course concepts and concerns to actual
experience, and oral presentations. This course is letter-graded.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Upon completing this course, students should have a basic understanding of:
Economic, social, and political forces affecting development of international
law and business; licensing agreements, and active foreign investment.
Basic legal principles such as treaties, conventions, public law, and private
law. Intergovernmental organizations, including European Community
and free trade areas.
Contracts for the international sale of goods, to include: Effect of domestic
law and court decisions on the international sale; effect of
international conventions, codes and agreements; United Nations
conventions and effect upon the international sale of goods;
formation of contracts; performance of contracts; and remedies.
Transferring title of goods: Documents of Title; Bill of Lading; and
allocation of risk, to include contract provisions and insurance.
Methods of financing international transactions, including Bill of Exchange and
Documentary Letter of Credit, and trading of goods (counter-trade).
Other specialized credits such as transferable, revolving, and
Issues involved in resolving international commercial disputes via litigation
or alternate dispute resolution. Forum/venue, enforcement of
judgments, arbitration, and mediation.
General Agreement on Trade and Tariffs (GATT). Provisions quotas, unfair
import laws, dumping, subsidies, Trade Act of 1974, Omnibus Trade Act
of 1988, customs, tariffs, and foreign trade zones as they relate to
regulations on imports.
History and purpose of export controls and export licensing requirements.
Licensing and transfer of intellectual property.