Law 271 - International Business Transactions

Richard H. Steinberg

Richard H. Steinberg

Professor of Law
Professor of Political Science
B.A. Yale, 1982
J.D. Stanford, 1986
Ph.D. Stanford, 1992
UCLA Law faculty since 1996
Course Description:

In 2019-20, given recent developments, we will begin by analyzing some aspects of public international economic law, which are suggestive of changes in law governing international business transactions. The course will then focus on the legal framework of private international business transactions, including: the international sale of goods; bills of lading; letters of credit; government regulation of imports and exports; technology transfer and intellectual property protection; and forms and regulation of foreign direct investment. These topics are considered generally and in specific comparative context across countries (including industrialized countries, non-market economies, and developing countries) and across types of transaction subject matter (e.g. technology transfer, sale of goods). In addition to taking the final examination, each student will be assigned to a small group that will be responsible for considering and answering questions about a narrowly defined international business law problem.  

Course Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this course students will be able to:

1. provide planning advice on how to structure international sales of goods, technology transfer, and foreign direct investment to meet a client's objectives while complying with relevant treaties, case law, statutes, directives, and regulations;

2. interpret and apply relevant international treaties and decisions, as well as relevant U.S. (and some European Union) case law, statutes and regulations to determine how a court might resolve certain types of dispute involving international transactions, and

3. provide thoughtful advice to policymakers on the pros and cons of particular reform proposals in the area of international business transactions.

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Richard Steinberg 20S 271 LEC 1 T 3:20 PM - 6:20 PM 3.0 No No
  Early drop deadline: 5:00pm on 1/27/2020.