International Business Law


Course Objective

KNOWLEDGE: Demonstrates theoretical and empirical knowledge concerning
the relevant areas in international business administration
After successfully completing this course, the student can explain:
• the main legal concepts and functions of law in the three major legal
• the characteristics and roles of internal and external legal services
providers in the three major legal traditions.
• the complexities and potential approaches in managing internal and
external legal services providers in multinational companies’ (MNCs)
organisational structures.

APPLICATION: Can propose a solution to an international real-life
business problem by applying relevant theories and methodologies.
After successfully completing this course, the student:
• can identify the potential functions of the regulatory
environment and regulatory services (providers) for business by having
concepts examined from legal and business perspectives.
• explain how law and lawyers can support business planning and
• can identify the links between regulatory environments and companies
and industries.


After successfully completing this course, the student:
• is able to explain how management (boards) and staff in MNCs face
different and conflicting realities of strategic and operational
planning as a result of the multitude of countries, and thus regulatory
environments, in which they operate.
• to able manage potential legal ethnocentrism by unleashing his/her
awareness and understanding of businesses’ ’‘legal pluralism’ realities.

Course Content

The module offers students the opportunity to acquire the knowledge
about, and skills to integrate, the opportunities and treats of
regulatory internal and external environments into the strategic and
operational corporate and functional planning of internationally
operating companies.
The module is characterised by a functional approach of regulatory
environments by identifying the following five potential functions of
regulation for businesses:
• strategic input;
• evaluating strategic options (create and protect value);
• contributing to strategies;
• risk management;
• reputation management.

IBA’s international focus is reflected in the choice to link regulatory
environments to the strategic and operational corporate and functional
planning of MNCs, and the presentation of legal concepts from the
perspective of the three globally main legal traditions: civil law,
common law, and Islamic law. Specifically, the knowledge and skills in
this course concentrate on:
• Analyzing a regulatory environment;
• The major legal traditions in the world;
• The functions of regulation for international business;
• The relevance for business of the European Union;
• Managing international sales and services contracts;
• Regulation of the marketing function;
• Managing the legal function in an international company.

Teaching Methods

[Guest Lectures]

Method of Assessment

• Written exam – Individual assessment
• Course work group assignment - Group assessment
• Mandatory attendance and in-class participation in tutorials


Law & Self-regulation. Legal and Business Perspectives. (2020). N.A.
Jansen. ISBN will be communicated on Canvas. (available in VU Bookshop).
Accompanying website
(Guest) lectures and slides
Additional readings will be on Canvas.

Target Audience

Regular VU students, Exchange students.

Custom Course Registration

Canvas will provide for registration in groups with a limited number of participants

Explanation Canvas

Canvas provides the platform for general announcements

Recommended background knowledge

Fundamental knowledge of the main business concepts such as
strategicplanning, and business functions such as accounting, finance,
and marketing.

General Information

Course Code E_IBA2_IBL
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 200
Language of Tuition English
Faculty School of Business and Economics
Course Coordinator mr. N.A. Jansen MBA
Examiner mr. N.A. Jansen MBA
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Lecture, Study Group
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