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LAWS104 Foundations of Law and Legal Research , LAWS107 Introduction to Australian Public Law

Teaching organisation

4 hours per week for twelve weeks or equivalent

Unit rationale, description and aim

This level four unit contributes to the development of:

  • advanced theoretical and technical knowledge in a specialist field of law
  • advanced, cognitive, technical and communication skills and the ability to apply these to complex legal problems
  • advanced research and writing skills

This unit deals with the law governing international trade and the resolution of disputes arising out of such trade. In doing so it provides an introduction to some of the political and economic considerations influencing international trade and the organisations established to regulate and promote international commercial activity.

Learning outcomes

To successfully complete this unit you will be able to demonstrate you have achieved the learning outcomes (LO) detailed in the below table.

Each outcome is informed by a number of graduate capabilities (GC) to ensure your work in this, and every unit, is part of a larger goal of graduating from ACU with the attributes of insight, empathy, imagination and impact.

Explore the graduate capabilities.

On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

LO1 - Describe and critically evaluate the law governing international trade and the resolution of disputes (GA2, GA4, GA5, GA9) 

LO2 - Apply the law to factual situations and thereby advise clients and others of their rights and obligations in those situations (GA3, GA4, GA6, GA7) 

Graduate attributes

GA2 - recognise their responsibility to the common good, the environment and society 

GA3 - apply ethical perspectives in informed decision making

GA4 - think critically and reflectively 

GA5 - demonstrate values, knowledge, skills and attitudes appropriate to the discipline and/or profession 

GA6 - solve problems in a variety of settings taking local and international perspectives into account

GA7 - work both autonomously and collaboratively 

GA9 - demonstrate effective communication in oral and written English language and visual media 


Topics will include:  

  1. Interdisciplinary perspectives on international trade, 
  2. International sale of goods under domestic law 
  3. Contracts for the sale of goods under the CISG 
  4. Contracts relating to intellectual property 
  5. Contracts for the carriage of goods 
  6. International marketing and licensing 
  7. Payment systems in international trade 
  8. International banking and finance 
  9. Marine and aviation insurance 
  10. Resolution of disputes 
  11. Governmental, intergovernmental and multi-lateral regulation of international trade 

Learning and teaching strategy and rationale

Mode:Lectures, tutorials, electronic consultation, library tasks and presentations or Online lectures and activities.  


Duration:3 hours per week over 12 weeks or equivalent.  Students are expected to spend 150 hours in total for this unit. 


This level four elective unit allows students to demonstrate knowledge, skills and understanding in a specialist area of law using advanced research skills.  


Our strategy is to encourage students to creatively engage with unit content and to practice advanced research skills. 


The unit is designed to be delivered in intensive, weekly mode or online mode. We have taken a blended learning approach to provide accessibility and flexibility to our students and a student focused approach that increases depth of learning and engagement through actively utilising LEO.   

Assessment strategy and rationale

The assessment strategy is designed to assess knowledge, skills and understanding in a specialist area of law, and to develop research skills.  


The assessment tasks for this unit are designed to demonstrate achievement of each of the learning outcomes listed.  


Overview of assessments

Brief Description of Kind and Purpose of Assessment TasksWeightingLearning OutcomesGraduate Attributes

Research essay: Students to demonstrate their ability to research assigned topic and critically evaluate legal systems and laws 



GA2, GA4, GA5, GA9 

Final Assignment: The Final Assignment requires students to answer hypothetical problems and short answer questions that will be based on the material presented in lectures and tutorials. 



GA3, GA4, GA6, GA7 

Representative texts and references

Bethlehem, Daniel (ed), The Oxford Handbook of International Trade Law (Oxford University Press, 2008)  


Islam, M Rafiqul, International Trade Law of the WTO (Oxford University Press, 2006) 


Malbon, Justin and Bernard Bishop, Australian Export: A Guide to Law and Practice (Cambridge University Press, 2006) 


Mo, John, International Commercial Law (LexisNexis Butterworths, 4th ed, 2009) 


Murray, C, Schmitthoff's Export Trade: The Law and Practice of International Trade (Thomson, 11th ed, 2007) 


Pryles, Michael, Jeff Waincymer and Martin Davies, International Trade Law: Commentary and Materials (Lawbook Co, 2nd ed, 2004) 


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