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Orientation Course International Business



Dit vak is verplicht voor studenten Rechtsgeleerdheid met als afstudeerrichting
Rechtsgeleerdheid – International Business Law.

Dit vak is geen keuzevak. Bijvak studenten of gaststudenten mogen hier niet aan deelnemen.

Course Description:

In a globalizing world doing business often results in cross border activities. Companies that are active in an international environment deal with different jurisdictions, a variety of rules and business partners residing in other countries. This means that executives, legal counsels, lawyers and other relevant persons need to understand the legal consequences of such international activities. The International Business Law-track (“IBL-track”) which is part of the bachelor Rechtsgeleerdheid, provides you with knowledge and a profound understanding of the key legal areas of international business. Several practical assignments are included in the IBL-track which will prepare you for an international legal career.

This course is an introductory course to the IBL-track. The company is at the center of attention and is treated as the subject of the behavior and the transactions that are discussed throughout the course. Thus, you get acquainted not only with the regulation of the internal affairs of a business, i.e. corporate law, but you also learn to put such regulation in context and juxtapose it to what businesses do in the transactional world and how they accomplish their goals by getting exposure to basic concepts of contract law, intellectual property law, finance and important aspects of corporate social responsibility. The focus is on the regulation of business in a European context and thus the workings of the Internal Market are also discussed.

Course objectives

This course aspires to initiate you into the course offerings of the IBL-track by providing you with a brief overview of such offerings. The course is structured around six (6) key areas of international business law and lasts for a period of seven (7) weeks, allowing you to get a glimpse of what lies ahead during the bachelor studies in this track. A corollary purpose of this course is to also allow you to get acquainted with education in English, as this course will in its entirety be taught in the English language. For a legal professional writing skills are of the utmost importance. Academic writing is a significant part of this course. A full lecture will be dedicated to academic writing in English. Another additional lecture will focus on the writing assignment.

Achievement levels
Upon completion of the course, you are able to:

  • describe the basic workings of the fields of international business law i.e. corporate law, contract law, finance, intellectual property law, internal market law and corporate social responsibility;

  • label basic business behavior and classify it into a certain legal niche of business law.

  • describe and explain the multi-layered regulatory environment in which international business functions;

  • apply basic knowledge on international business law by solving simple exercises and relating your knowledge in the different niches;

  • develop responses in English that clearly accomplish their communicative purposes;

  • write texts that meet the standards described in the course materials.


The timetable of this course can be found in uSis.

Mode of instruction


  • Prof. dr I.S. Wuisman and other (guest) lecturers

  • Number of lectures: 6 two-hour lectures, 1 two-hour lecture on academic writing in English and 1 two-hour lecture on the writing assignment.

  • Number of seminars: 6 two-hour seminars

  • Required preparation by students: Preparation of prescribed reading materials and seminar assignments


  • Written exam: 3 hours

  • One written assignment during the seminars

  • Review: 2 hours

Assessment method

Examination form(s)

The assessment of this course is based on two elements:

  • One written assignment. The grade for this assignment will count for 30% towards the final grade; and

  • One written exam. The grade for this exam will count for 70% towards the final grade.

The final grade is given if the student has achieved a score on both elements; written assignment and the written exam or the re-sit of the written exam. Students who fail the written assignment are not entitled to a re-take of the assignment, but they are still allowed to take the written exam. Students will only receive a score on the writing assignment when sufficient effort has been put into the assignment. The grade for the written assignment will be valid for two academic years . Students who have achieved a grade below 4.0 for their written assignment and written exam combined (final grade) are not entitled to sit a re-examination of the written exam. Students who have achieved a grade of 4.0 or 5.0 for their written assignment and written exam combined (final grade) are entitled to sit a re-examination of the written exam.

Submission procedures

  • To be announced in the course information guide and/or on Blackboard.

Areas to be tested within the exam
The course information guide consists of the required reading (literature) for the course and the subjects taught in the lectures and seminars and all other instructions which are part of the course.

Reading list Obligatory course materials

The literature list will be included in the course information guide and published on Blackboard.

Course information guide
The course information guide will be published on Blackboard.

The reader, if any, will be published on Blackboard.

Recommended course materials
Recommended course materials will be published on Blackboard.


You have to register for courses and exams through uSis.

Contact information

  • Co-ordinator: Prof. dr I.S. Wuisman

  • Work address: Company law

  • Contact information: see below

  • Telephone number: 071 527 8871

  • Email:


  • Institute: Private Law

  • Department: Company Law

  • Room number secretary: C202

  • Opening hours: 9.00 – 13.30

  • Telephone number secretary: 071 527 7235

  • Email: