Course dates

Starting date, Monday 23 Sep 2019
9.30-4.30pm | 5 days

Course overview

International Business Law is a complex but fascinating field, good knowledge of which enables you to conduct international transactions with minimal risks.

Doing this course was and is one of the best choices that I have made in my life. I thoroughly enjoyed the interaction with my teachers and they managed to make very complicated matter easily to digest.

The tutor’s dynamic ways of introducing, exploring and checking the subject in question and their applicability based on real-case scenarios made it enjoyable and fruitful. The knowledge of the tutor, together with materials presented, and real cases evidences in court and in contract negotiations cases is very well discussed and analysed in class.

The increasing need for this knowledge 

The improved infrastructure for international collaborations, has made international business collaborations increasingly more important for businesses. The main barriers to these collaborations are dispute risks, which have fatal consequences for businesses and organisations.

These risks can, however, be minimised with knowledge in key areas of international business law - which is what this course brings together.

Course strengths

In this course, complexities of international business are addressed by combining:

  • knowledge from a number of essential areas of international business law, including transaction risks, litigation tactics, commencing and defending proceedings, managing international litigation, and preventing litigation through negotiations and drafting; and
  • knowledge from of Psychological Sciences and genetics, including on differences between people and cultures and how this affects international business transactions.

The course includes a significant amount of practical exercises, and focuses on:

  • International Commercial Litigation
  • Conflict of Laws/Private International Law
  • What can go wrong in cross-border commercial transactions
  • Tactics used in litigation (when disputes arise)
  • English commercial courts’ reasoning
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • Negotiations and Contracts
  • Key legal systems and organisations influencing international business law (UK & US Legal Systems, UNCITRAL, Commercial Finance Association etc.)

Learning outcomes

Following the completion of this course you should have a good grasp of international commercial / business transactions in practice, and more specifically:

  • Understand conflict of laws issues in international commercial disputes
  • Know about the risks of international commercial transactions
  • Know about the risks of international commercial litigation
  • Understand tactics used in international commercial litigation
  • Understand the reasoning courts apply in commercial litigation decisions
  • Have a good understanding of origins of international commercial laws
  • Have a good understanding of the organisation of the English legal system (e.g. training of lawyers, composition of the legal profession, courts’ reasoning)
  • Be able to negotiate international commercial deals that minimise performance and litigation risks
  • Be able to draft international commercial contracts that minimise transaction and litigation risks
  • Gain a good grasp of how to successfully manage international commercial transactions with minimal risks.


This course is directed by Fatos Selita, who has delivered training in this area internationally, and has multi-disciplinary training and experience, including in law; mind processes; and individual differences.  Fatos also directs the ‘International Commercial Contracts and Negotiations’, ‘Psychology for Lawyers: Brain, Mind and Behaviour’; ‘Decision Making: Brain, Mind and Behaviour’ and ‘Public Speaking and Presenting’ courses.

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Disability Support

We are committed to providing reasonable teaching adjustments for students with disabilities that may impact on their learning experience. Please be advised that in order to provide an assessment and plan appropriate support we require as much notice as possible and, in some circumstances, up to 3 months. If you are planning to book, or have already booked, onto a short course please contact Goldsmiths Disability Team ( at your earliest convenience.


  • 10% when a participant enrolls for more than one of our courses (at the same time)
  • 20% UK students
  • 25%Members of the UK Law and Society Association (UKLSA) 
  • If five people register from the same institution for the same intake, the fifth place is free
  • Goldsmiths students, staff and alumni - email us for current discounts

As a University, we are able to offer our courses at minimum prices, and free of VAT - to make knowledge available to as wide audience as possible.

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Starting date, Monday 23 Sep 2019
9.30-4.30pm | 5 days


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