International commercial arrangements underpin globalisation and enable cross border transactions, but are becoming increasingly complex and difficult to navigate. International law issues can also arise in unexpected places as borders start to blur due to the internet and social media platforms.

This course offers an advanced study on international commercial arrangements and the difficulties that lie within, with a focus on complexities that arise over the internet (such as electronic contracting, domain names and trade mark infringement), doing business internationally with a focus on China and the USA, and ancillary international issues.

With a practical and commercial focus, we will consider these issues from the point of view of an Australian internet or consumer products enterprise wanting to expand into China and the USA.

Commercial Legal Practice
4 days
UQ St Lucia (view map)
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Topics covered

  • Jurisdiction, with a focus on internet jurisdiction issues
  • Case study: cross-border defamation
  • International commercial contracts
  • Breach of international commercial contracts
    • Choice of law
    • Choice of forum
    • Long arm service
    • Arbitration
    • Litigation
    • Enforcement
  • International IP protection and enforcement
    • International IP protection strategies
    • Trade mark infringement on the internet
    • Cross border patent infringement
    • Anti-suit injunctions
    • Domain name disputes
  • International sale of goods and services in an online environment
    • Internet sales and contracting
    • The sale of digital works
    • Consumer contracts
    • Regulatory issues
  • International distribution and agency agreements
  • Key issues when doing business internationally
  • Taxation
  • Employment law
  • Privacy
  • Case study: doing business in China

Who is the course designed for

Our CPD courses are available to professionals interested in contemporary legal issues.

Whether you're looking to acquire CPD points, expand your knowledge in a specific area of the law, or gain a general understanding of legal issues impacting your profession, our courses will equip you to go further in every possible future.

Style of learning

Our courses are delivered in collaborative, seminar-style teaching environments, in the award-winning Forgan Smith building.

Our CPD participants benefit from small class sizes which encourage group discussion and debate, and 1-on-1 access to industry experts and leading researchers.


This course is delivered at UQ St Lucia campus.

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This course is part of the Masters of Laws postgraduate program.

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CPD enrolment closes two weeks prior to the course start date.

No entry requirements apply, you are not required to submit assessment and your course participation cannot be used as academic credit towards a degree qualification.

Our courses count toward Queensland Law Society Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points if you can demonstrate relevance to your legal practice.