The legal environment of international business

The legal environment facing businesses operating internationally is not simply a scaled-up version of domestic law. Businesses are faced with legal rules derived from multiple sources, and enforced by bodies with fragmented and overlapping jurisdictions.

Research in the Department of Commercial Law in these areas currently encompasses:

  • Private trade law
    For example, types of international sale contract, mechanisms for payment and security, the insurance of goods in transit, conflicts between the laws of different trading countries, contracts for the international carriage of goods by sea, and dispute resolution.
  • International trade and investment law
    The national and international rules that facilitate economic integration between countries, including the World Trade Organization and regional and bilateral trade and investment agreements.
  • International competition law
    Analysis of the legal and policy issues associated with the control of restrictive business practices and anti-competitive mergers in international markets.
  • International finance law and securities regulation
    The global governance of securities and financial markets and the consequences for, and strategies open to, the New Zealand legislature.

Researchers in the legal environment of international business

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