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International Business Law and Its Environment 9th Edition

Richard Schaffer, Filiberto Agusti, Lucien J. Dhooge

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  • Previous Editions 2012, 2009, 2005
  • 696 Pages


Today most people agree that no business is purely domestic and that even the smallest local firms are affected by global competition and world events. INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS AND ITS LEGAL ENVIRONMENT is designed to deliver comprehensive, yet accessible, coverage of the legal implications and ramifications of doing business internationally, along with the related cultural, political, economic, and ethical issues faced by global business managers. Focusing on trade, the licensing of intellectual property, and foreign direct investment, the authors present the three major forms of doing business in a foreign country through real-world examples, precedent-setting cases, managerial implications, and ethical considerations. From the legal relationship between parties in an international business transaction to managing risk to learning the special challenges of doing business in emerging economies, the 9th Edition helps students understand the most common practices and critical issues in global business law.

Richard Schaffer, Professor Emeritus, Appalachian State University

Richard Schaffer, J.D., LL.M. is a retired 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. He also served as rapporteur of UN working groups on international economic crime. He has consulted for business schools and industry trade groups, as well as industry. Professor Schaffer received his J.D. from the University of Mississippi and his LL.M. from New York University.

Filiberto Agusti,

Filiberto Agusti is a partner in the international law firm of Steptoe & 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 Univisión, Telemundo, and CNN en Español. 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.

Lucien J. Dhooge, Georgia Institute of Technology

Lucien Dhooge is the Sue and John Staton Professor of Law at the College of Management at the Georgia Institute of Technology where he teaches international business law and ethics, and serves as director of the global executive M.B.A. program and area coordinator in law and ethics. Prior to his tenure with the Georgia Institute of Technology, Professor Dhooge practiced law for eleven years and served on the faculty of the University of the Pacific in California for twelve. He has authored more than fifty scholarly articles, co-authored five books, and is a past editor-in-chief of the American Business Law Journal and Journal of Legal Studies Education. Professor Dhooge has presented throughout the United States, as well as in Asia, Europe, and South America, and has received numerous research and teaching awards, including six Ralph C. Hoeber Awards for excellence in published research. After completing an undergraduate degree in history at the University of Colorado, Professor Dhooge earned his J.D. from the University of Denver College of Law and his LL.M. from the Georgetown University Law Center.
  • New student-friendly approach: The authors have taken special care to write in a student-friendly way by streamlining the content, clarifying the structure and organization of the material, revising section headers to provide a clearer context, and writing in a more accessible, readable style.
  • New cases and examples: Woven throughout the text are new precedent-setting cases and examples of contemporary issues in business law from all parts of the globe. Examples include updates on the European Union, additional information on other systems of regional economic integration, new case law regarding contracts and business documentation, trends in e-commerce and intellectual property, and much more.
  • More colorful presentation: This edition is upgrading from a one-color to a two-color design, which makes the book more engaging. Cases and special features are easier to find.
  • Cases and Case Questions: Multiple cases in every chapter illustrate the issues and sources of contemporary business law, and every in-text case concludes with a short set of questions for students to test their comprehension as they progress through the chapters.
  • End-of-chapter review: Chapter Summaries reinforce students' understanding of the essential topics, and follow-up Questions, Case Problems, and Managerial Implications encourage students to apply what they've learned about the law to business situations.
  • Ethics Coverage: Rounding out every chapter, the Ethical Considerations exercises ask students to consider the repercussions of their decisions as future international business leaders.
  • Key Terms: Designed to help students streamline their studies, key terms with their corresponding page numbers can now be found in the end-of-chapter content.
1. Introduction to International Business.
2. International Law and the World's Legal Systems.
3. Resolving International Commercial Disputes.
4. The Formation and Performance of Contracts for the Sale of Goods.
5. The Documentary Sale and Terms of Trade.
6. Legal Issues in International Transportation.
7. Bank Collections and Letters of Credit.
8. National Lawmaking Powers and the Regulation of U.S. Trade.
9. The World Trade Organization: Basic Principles.
10. Laws Governing Access to Foreign Markets.
11. Regulating Import Competition and Unfair Trade.
12. Imports, Customs, and Tariff Law.
13. Regulating Exports.
14. North American Free Trade Law.
15. The European Union.
16. International Marketing and Consumer Law.
17. Protecting and Licensing Intellectual Property.
18. The Legal Environment of Foreign Direct Investment.
19. Employment and Immigration Law.
20. Environmental Law.
21. Regulating the Competitive Environment.

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"I have used the Shaffer textbook for many years and believe it is the best college-level textbook on international business law. It is well-written, authoritative, and duly rigorous."

"The chapters begin with sufficiently basic material and build from there. It's very useful to have key terms highlighted and paginated at the end the chapter."

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