Synopses & Reviews
International business law doesn't have to be a mystery. With its unique thematic approach, INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS LAW AND ITS ENVIRONMENT, 7e, enables you to learn public and private law issues quickly and easily. From intellectual property to direct foreign investment, this student-friendly text explains issues in ways you can understand. Known for its current, comprehensive, and accurate coverage, the text balances the legal challenges of doing business in developing and nonmarket-economy countries with the economic and political issues that commonly arise. It also focuses on the transactional aspects of international business as well as on the legal, cultural, political, and economic environment affecting managerial decision making on a global scale. Packed with real-world examples, the text emphasizes ethics issues throughout, incorporates cutting-edge cases, and includes a companion Website that helps you maximize your study time.
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS LAW AND ITS ENVIRONMENT centers on the basic market-entry strategies most firms deploy as they expand into international markets: trade in goods and services, protecting and licensing intellectual property, and foreign direct investment. Interweaving the law with ethics-related issues, the text shows how individual firms manage these strategies in different ways while discussing the latest political, economic, and legal developments around the world. Helpful features such as case examples, end-of-chapter questions, and ethics activities help solidify your understanding of the material.
International Business and Its Environment delivers comprehensive coverage of the legal, cultural, political, economic, and ethical issues global business managers face. Focusing on the trade, licensing and investment life-cycle that many domestic (new-to-international) and multinational organizations experience, the authors present the market-entry strategies, increasing levels of penetration into foreign markets, and set of risks that firms encounter during each life-cycle phase. From protecting and licensing intellectual property to learning the special challenges of doing business in developing countries and non-market-economies, the 8th Edition helps students understand the most important and emerging issues in global business law through its cutting-edge cases and real-world examples, relevant case questions, managerial problems, and ethics activities.
About the Author
Richard Schaffer is a Professor Emeritus of Business Law in the Department of Finance of the Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University. He taught for twenty-five years in the areas of business law, international business transactions, and the law of international trade and investment, and founded the university's international business and business study abroad programs. Prior to academia, Professor Schaffer worked with the United Nations examining the relationship between corrupt practices, multinational corporations, and socio-economic development, and also served as rapporteur of UN working groups on international economic crime. He has consulted to business schools and industry trade groups, as well as businesses. Professor Schaffer received his J.D. from the University of Mississippi and his LL.M. from New York University. Filiberto Agusti is a partner in the international law firm of Steptoe and Johnson, LLP, where he has practiced law since 1978. He represents governments, multinational corporations, manufacturers, and investors in international arbitrations, lawsuits between multinational enterprises, and transactional negotiations. His work involves disputes and negotiations over international infrastructure, power generation facilities, cross-border corporate acquisitions, international joint ventures, and bankruptcy reorganizations. Mr. Agusti has authored articles for the Harvard Law Review and other legal publications, is a frequent speaker at professional seminars around the world, and regularly comments on legal issues on camera for Univision, Telemundo, and CNN en Espanol. Mr. Agusti was a law clerk to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and received his law degree from Harvard Law School, where he was a senior editor of the Harvard Law Review. Beverley Earle is a Professor and Chair of the Law, Taxation and Financial Planning Department, at Bentley University, Waltham, Massachusetts where she has been on the faculty since 1983. She teaches international business law at the undergraduate and graduate level as well as courses on the legal environment of business and law and society. She graduated with a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from Boston University and is admitted to practice in Massachusetts. Her law review articles have been published by universities including U.C. Berkeley, Northwestern, Cornell and University of Iowa (forthcoming) to mention a few. She has received numerous awards including the Academy of Legal Studies in Business Holmes-Cardozo award as well as Bentley's Scholar of the Year, Innovation in Teaching Award and Outstanding Scholarly Contribution Award. She is past President of the International Section of the ALSB. Since 2006, she has been an appointee to the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers Hearing Committee on Attorney Discipline.
Table of Contents
Part I: THE LEGAL ENVIRONMENT OF INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS. 1. Introduction to International Business. 2. International Law and the World's Legal Systems. 3. The Resolution of International Disputes. Part II: INTERNATIONAL SALES, CREDITS, AND THE COMMERCIAL TRANSACTION. 4. Sales Contracts and Excuses for Nonperformance. 5. The Documentary Sales and Terms of Trade. 6. The Carriage of Goods and the Liability of Air and Sea Carriers. 7. Bank Collections, Trade Finance, and Letters of Credit. Part III: INTERNATIONAL AND U.S. TRADE LAW. 8. National Lawmaking Powers and the Regulation of U.S. Trade. 9. GATT Law and the World Trade Organization: Basic Principles. 10. Laws Governing Access to International Markets. 11. Regulating Import Competition and Unfair Trade. 12. Imports, Customs, and Tariff Law. 13. The Regulation of Exports. 14. North American Free Trade Law. 15. The European Union and Other Regional Trade Areas. Part IV: REGULATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL MARKETPLACE. 16. International Marketing Law: Sales Representatives, Advertising, and Ethical Issues. 17. Licensing Agreements and the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights. 18. Host-Country Regulation: Corporate Law, Taxation, and Currency Risk. 19. Political Risk: Nationalization, Expropriation, and Privatization. 20. Labor and Employment Discrimination Law. 21. Environmental Law. 22. Regulating the Competitive Environment.