Syllabus for International Business Law

Internationell handelsrätt


  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 2FE224
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Business Studies G1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2018-02-07
  • Established by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: week 04, 2019
  • Entry requirements: Completed 15 credits from basic courses (A-level) in business studies, and registered for another 15 credits at the same level.
  • Responsible department: Department of Business Studies

Decisions and guidelines

The course is offered to exchange students.

Learning outcomes

The course is designed to give students on basic education, knowledge and skills concerning the structures of international and European business law, and concerning their sources, working materials and methods. The course is moreover designed to give basic familiarity with central legal rules and principles that are significant to international business, globally as well as in the European Union.

After completing the course students are expected to:
1. have a basic ability to identify problems of international business law, to identify the system or systems of rules that are relevant for their solution, and to do so independently and within given time.
2. have a basic ability to solve problems of international business law, including the ability to find relevant legal materials for the task, the ability to interpret and apply those materials in a relevant manner, and the ability to present the solution with an acceptable composition and an acceptable legal language, and to do so independently and within given time.
3. have a basic ability to present relevant and well-founded critical views on issues of international business law with an acceptable composition and an acceptable legal language, and to do so independently and within given time.


This course introduces the law governing various aspects of international business, both globally and within the EU. Students will learn about the different sources of law that may be relevant to business, and in particular about rules on contracting, shipping, and the interrelationship between public authorities and businesses. Students will also be introduced to law that is relevant to the management of business disputes.


Teaching comprises lectures and practical implementation exercises. A large portion of the knowledge-building studies come about in the form of reading course literature and other course materials. Problem-based work in groups is also an important feature.

Presence is mandatory at practical implementation exercises and at preparations in groups. The course is taught in English.


The course includes mandatory examination modules that form a so-called examination portfolio. These are:

  1. Individual requirement of active presence, 1 credit.
  2. Individual oral presentation, 1,5 credits.
  3. Individual written examination, 5 credits.
and one grade for the whole course, 15 credits.

Results from examination Modules 1 and 2 are graded as pass (G), or fail (U). Results from Module 3 are graded as pass with distinction (VG), pass (G), or fail (U). The final grade for the course as a whole is given as pass with distinction (VG), pass (G), or fail (U). To reach the final grade G for the course as a whole, all examination modules must be graded with at least G. To reach the final grade VG for the course as a whole, it is further necessary to have reached the grade VG on Module 3.

To pass the requirement of active presence (Module 1) students must be actively present at all mandatory elements. A failure to be actively present can be remedied through a written memorandum which students must request, if needed, from the course director. If a student has failed to be actively present at more than two mandatory elements the student must however apply for exemption from the course director to be allowed to submit a written memorandum. Exemptions are granted only if students can demonstrate a lawful excuse within the meaning of Chapter 32 s 8 of the Code of Judicial Procedure or other extraordinary reasons.

Reexamination of Module 2 may take place at any time subject to teacher availability. Students who need reexamination are to contact the course director for instructions. Reexamination of Module 3 may take place when scheduled or at future courses.

Grading criteria are presented in the study guide that applies to the course section.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator.

Uppsala University does not accept cheating or plagiarism. Suspected incidents of cheating or plagiarism are reported to the Vice-Chancellor, which may issue a formal warning to the student or suspend the student from studies for a certain period.

NOTE: Only completed courses can count toward a degree.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 03, 2021

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Anvisat material från Företagsekonomiska institutionen/Indicated materials

    Företagsekonomiska institutionen,

    From time to time students will be instructed to obtain certain materials, either by buying materials from the Department of Business Studies or by accessing materials through the Studentportalen course web site or the Uppsala University library databases. Indicated materials must, where indicated, be brought to lectures and in particular to seminars.


  • DiMatteo, Larry A. International business law and the legal environment : a transactional approach

    Fourth edition.: London: Routledge, 2020

    Find in the library


Reading list revisions

Last modified: 2022-04-26