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Legal Aspects of International Business

Location

Geneva, Brussels, The Hague, Paris, Harrisonburg, Washington D.C. , Switzerland, Belgium, The Netherlands, France, US

Program Description

This will be a four week program with students attending class at JMU during the first week, traveling and studying in Washington, DC, Brussels, The Hague, Paris and Geneva the following two weeks, and concluding the class in the last week on-line.

In Washington, DC, students will visit and receive briefings at the U.S. Supreme Court, and the International Monetary Fund/World Bank.

The class will then fly to Brussels, the capitol of the EU, where students spend approximately four days touring the city and visiting the European Parliament, the Commission of the European Union, and the Council of the European Union. While in Brussels, we will also tour the battlefield of Waterloo and visit the city of Bruges with its canals, cobbled streets and medieval buildings. 

The class will then travel by train to The Hague, Netherlands spending two days at the “Royal City by the Sea” visiting the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court and the Mauritshuis Museum displaying beautiful Vermeers and Rembrandts. 

The class will then travel by train to Paris and spend three days visiting the International Chamber of Commerce, the Eiffel Tower, the Paris Opera House, the Arc de Triomphe, the Rodin Museum, Napoleon’s Tomb, the Louvre, Notre Dame and Versailles. 

The class will then travel by train to Geneva where students will spend three days touring the city and visiting the United Nations European headquarters, the Museum of the Red Cross, the World Trade Organization, the International Labor Office, the World International Property Organization, and the CERN.

This course surveys the legal implications of international business dealings including foreign direct sales, distributorship arrangements, licensing of technology and legal aspects of the multi-national corporation. The course also introduces students to the international legal environment, relevant conventions and trade regulations, and the transnational reach of regulatory law. Prerequisites are COB 218 and junior or senior standing.

Location Description

A majority of the course takes place in Brussels, The Hague, Paris and Geneva.  Brussels is the political center of the European Union. While there, students will visit the European Parliament, Commission of the European Union, and the Council of the European Union. Students will also have time to enjoy touring the city. Apart from its famous chocolates and beers, there are many attractions that most visitors cannot begin to imagine. It is a center of European culture, officially nicknamed “the European Village,” with almost 90 museums, beautiful parks, fascinating walks, and trendy restaurants and bars.

Students will take a short day trip from Brussels to the city of Bruges. Bruges, the capital of West Flanders in northwest Belgium, is distinguished by its canals, cobbled streets and medieval buildings. Its port, Zeebrugge, is an important center for fishing and European trade. The city-center Markt features horse-drawn carriage rides and 17th-century houses converted into restaurants and cafes, as well as the 13th-century belfry with its 47-bell carillon and 83m tower with panoramic views. 

Students will then travel by train to The Hague, Netherlands. The Hague is one of the most extraordinary cities in Holland. Not just because it is home to the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court, but also because of its many monuments, historic districts and its location near the beautiful North Sea coastline. The Hague is also known as the 'Royal City by the Sea' because of the many members of the Dutch Royal Family who reside in its chic neighborhoods.  

After spending a week in Belgium and Holland, students will travel by train to Paris. Paris is a global center for art, fashion, gastronomy and culture. Its picturesque 19th-century cityscape is crisscrossed by wide boulevards and the River Seine. Beyond such landmarks as the Eiffel Tower and the 12th-century, Gothic Notre-Dame cathedral, the city is known for its cafe culture, and designer boutiques along the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. Students will visit the International Chamber of Commerce, the Eiffel Tower, the Paris Opera House, the Arc de Triomphe, the Rodin Museum, Napoleon’s Tomb, the Louvre, Notre Dame and Versailles.

Students will travel from Paris to Geneva by train. Situated along the banks of Lake Geneva at the foot of the Alps, Geneva sparkles as one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Home to the European headquarters of the UN, Geneva has a long history of diversity and tolerance dating back to the Protestant Reformation. Today, the city of Geneva is also a cultural center of Europe, featuring world class entertainment, top rated restaurants, and unlimited opportunities for recreation. Students will visit the United Nations European Headquarters, the Museum of the Red Cross, the World Trade Organization, the World Intellectual Property Organization, the International Labor Office and the CERN.

Director

David L. Parker | parkerdl@jmu.edu | Finance and Business Law

Accommodations

Students will reside in hotels located within the city centers and will share single-sex rooms with each other.

Students will be provided with a weekly meal stipend that will cover approximately 11 meals per week; there will be approximately 3 group dinners per week provided in the program; and breakfast will be provided at each hotel.

Additional Items to Consider

Traveler must be in possession of a passport valid for 6 months beyond stay and a round-trip airline ticket.

This program is best intended for any College of Business student.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0

Prerequisite: COB 218 and be accepted COB majors

Juniors and Seniors

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($25 fee)
  • Short Essay 
  • Interview with Program Director may be required
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU and first semester transfer students

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in. 

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Application Deadline

Dates


All dates are tentative and subject to change

Courses

BLAW 497: Legal Aspects of International Business (3 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.

Cost

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