International Company and Trade Law


Teaching Hours and Credit Allocation: 18 hours, 4 credits
Course Assessment: Coursework



This course aims to give students an understanding of the fundamental principles of international company and trade law. This course brings into sharp relief the challenging principles of commercial law and the harsh realities of the marketplace.


Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Realise of the importance of the company as the most popular business form
  • Learn about the nature of companies, how they are managed and funded, the position of shareholders and other stakeholders in companies and the rights they have
  • Demonstrate knowledge of company law problems and how they are addressed in different countries
  • Understand of the principles governing international trade law, the various methods of international trade finance and the risks involved
  • Analyze the Vienna Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG)
  • Gain knowledge of problems relating to international sales, such as transportation of goods, methods of payment, the impact of extraneous events
  • Understand the legal implications of managerial decision making related to international trade strategy and concepts



  • Introduction to International Company Law. The Role of companies and company law
  • Corporate personality and limited liability. Issues relating to shares, share or loan capital
  • The corporate constitution and corporate transactions
  • Analysis of the EC directives on companies and the Council Regulation (EC) No 2157/2001 on the Statute for a European Company and Council Directive 2001/86/EC with regard to the involvement of employees
  • Introduction to International Trade Law and Analysis of the provisions of The Vienna Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG)