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261.1 sec. 1 - International Business Transactions (Spring 2012)
Instructor: Richard M. Buxbaum (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Meeting Time: M 6:25-9:05
Meeting Location: 240
Course Start: January 09, 2012
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49832
This seminar is structured on an "office memorandum" style of work. Three assignments are made to teams with one JD and one LLM candidate per assignment (teams are changed for each assignment). The subjects cover a wide range of international transactions: dispute resolution; trade; trade finance; intellectual property licensing and regulation; investment; investment finance; transnational mergers, aquisitions and takeovers; transnational insolvency; and similar topics.
Teams meet with the instructor at the start of each assignment and before final drafts of memoranda are completed. All students are expected to study the completed assignments upon their distribution prior to class presentation, and to participate in their discussion when presented by their drafters.
The first two weeks of the seminar will be based on a short reader introducing the class participants to a few foundational cases and materials on personal and in rem jurisdiction, including agreements to confer jurisdiction and jurisdictional aspects of foreign sovereign immunity; discretionary refusal of jurisdiction and inter-court disputes over jurisdiction; and the drafting and enforcement of arbitration provisions.
Grades are based on the memoranda and on class participation.
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A reader will be used in this class.
Instructor has indicated that no books will be assigned.