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.   The course will have a practical and commercial focus, and 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.

    Topics covered include:

    • 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

    Adjunct Professor John Swinson

    John Swinson's principal interests are intellectual property law, Internet law and the application of law to new technologies.






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