BMI602 - International Law and Tariffs

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Subject Title
International Law and Tariffs

Subject Description

This course will examine the role played by international law in regulating international economic activity.  It will review the development and elements of the international legal framework in regulating trade and investments.  The course will help students define the role of law in society and the nature and basis of international law and its relationship to national law.  The course will also focus on the nature, sources, and operation of international law and tariffs.

Credit Status
One credit.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Discuss how international treaties and agreements are created and distinguish between public and private international law.
  2. Discuss the significance of the WTO and how it affects different areas of international business and its impact on tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade.
  3. Recognize the impact of other international agencies, NGOs, and their impact on international business ethics and the environment.
  4. Discuss the development of the EU and its rules and the impact on international business.
  5. Evaluate the key terms of NAFTA and its effectiveness and impact.
  6. Discuss Canada's regulations on imports  and exports and how tariffs and duties are assigned and disputes resolved.
  7. Recognize the differences in the international Sale of Goods and significant international contractual considerations.
  8. Discuss key considerations in international contracts relating to: credit, financing, transportation, insurance and intellectual property.
  9. Evaluate different international market entry strategies including: agency, distribution and licensing agreements, joint ventures, franchises and the possible restrictions on foreign investment.
  10. Discuss various international business dispute methods that can be utilized.
  11. Analyze sample business cases and discuss international laws and regulations Canadian businesses will encounter.

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Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

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