International and European Business Law


Marketing Strategic Decisions (undergraduate)
Contact hours
27 H
Number of spots
Open to visitors
Alexandrina SOLDATENKO

Pedagogical contribution of the course to the program

Développer un management à impact grâce aux connaissances et aux outils les plus récents dans les domaines du management

Design solutions adapted to organizational problems by applying relevant methodologies

Développer des compétences managériales de niveau avancé se traduisant par un leadership responsable

Co-build a managerial and organizational culture through collaborations and team projects
Effectively argue his ideas orally and in writing with a professional posture

Pratiquer un management à impact dans un environnement multiculturel et international, porté par un "European mindset"

Communicate in a professional context in (foreign) languages, in writing and/or orally


The economic globalization has led to an emergence of an increasingly complex and sophisticated framework of trade-related rights and duties. The ambition of the course is to address from a dynamic perspective a range of complex issues around which international and European economic and trade relations revolve. This course will provide a general overview of the international economic order governed by the three major economic pillars: the World Trade Organization, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Special attention will be given to the world trade law. Students will be introduced to the WTO dispute settlement system, leading cases from the WTO jurisprudence and recent controversies in international trade. In order to provide a clearer picture of the complexity of international trade relations that affect both private and public actors, this course will discuss specificities of regulatory cultures in different countries (European Union, United-States) in relation to environmental, health and safety standards (sanitary and phytosanitary standards, technical barriers to trade, sustainable development and trade). This course will demonstrate how diverging perceptions of risks and different regulatory traditions determined by specific historical, social and economic contexts may affect international trade (chemicals, drugs, cosmetics, new technologies). Furthermore, since international agreements are products of complex negotiation processes, students will be introduced to mains concepts, tactics and strategies of multilateral negotiations in a multicultural context. Finally, this course will question how and to what extent the current context has profoundly challenged the established economic order. This course is designed for students who plan to work for enterprises, government agencies, business lobbies, the European Union institutions and international organizations, and who need a comprehensive and practice-oriented understanding of economic and business aspects of international economic law.

Teaching methods


- Lectures

In group

- Exercises
- Oral presentations
- Projects
- Case studies/texts


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Learning objectives

Cognitive domain

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to
  • - (level 1) Present major rules and concepts governing international trade relations
  • - (level 1) Describe specificities of regulatory cultures in different countries
  • - (level 3) Demonstrate how divergence of regulatory cultures affect international relations
  • - (level 4) Analyze environmental, health and safety standards in international trade
  • - (level 4) Relate established concepts in relation to the current context
  • - (level 5) Develop awareness about the diversity of players in the multilateral trade environment

Affective domain

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to
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1. International trade relations • The Bretton Woods institutions • Globalization: challenges and implications • International trade law and the role of the World trade organisation • Tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade (sanitary and phytosanitary standards) • Reconciling trade and environmental protection (case studies and WTO jurisprudence) 2. Globalization and regionalism • Economic integration from a regional perspective • European Union common market and international trade • Specificities of the EU regulatory culture 3. Divergence / convergence of regulatory standards • Divergence of regulatory standards across the world and its impact on international trade • Transatlantic relations: comparative case studies 4. Multilateral negotiations • Multilateral negotiations in a multicultural context • Negotiation tactics and strategies • Intercultural and interpersonal skills

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Knowledge in / Key concepts to master


Teaching material

Mandatory tools for the course

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Documents in all formats

- Newspaper articles
- Case studies/texts
- Worksheets

Moodle platform

- Upload of class documents


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Additional electronic platforms

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Recommended reading

• WTO “Understanding the WTO” • Bethlehem. (et al.) “The Oxford Handbook of International Trade Law” Oxford UP, 2009 • Van Den Bossche. “The Law and Policy of the World Trade Organization: Text, Cases and Materials” 2nd edition, Cambridge UP, 2008 • Kiss, Shelton, Ishibashi. “Economic Globalization and Compliance with International Environmental Agreements” Kluwer, 2003 • Peet. “Unholy Trinity: The IMF, World Bank and WTO” Zed Books, 2003 • Chalmers, Davies, Monti. “European Union Law” 2nd ed., Cambridge UP, 2010 • Jones, Sufrin. “EU Competition Law” 4th ed., OUP, Oxford, 2010 • The official EU website for cases, legislation, press releases • The official website of the World Trade Organization (WTO) • The official website of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) • The official website of the World Bank Group

Online sources of international organisations Reports and online articles

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Textbooks, case studies, translated material, etc. can be entered
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List of assessment methods

Intermediate assessment / continuous assessment 1Other (date, pop quiz, etc.) : TBD
Written and oral / Group / English / Weight : 50 %
Details : This course will be presented from a dynamic perspective, using a combination of lectures, class discussions and individual /group projects. Students are expected to actively debate and share their own insights on discussed issues and to do a presentation on a proposed subject. Presentation topics will be given at the beginning of the course. This course will be based on student’s preparation, personal background research and the ability to work in a team. A number of case studies, mock trials and practical exercises will be given throughout the course allowing the theory covered in lectures to be put into practice (group work). Assessment will be based on students’ oral participation (presentation/group work)
Final evaluationLast class
Written / Individual / English / Weight : 50 %
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