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4th Edition

International Business Law and the Legal Environment
A Transactional Approach

ISBN 9780367472344
Published December 22, 2020 by Routledge
768 Pages 11 Color & 135 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The fourth edition of International Business Law and the Legal Environment: A Transactional Approach gives business and law students a clear understanding of the legal principles that govern international business. This book goes beyond compliance by emphasizing how to use the law to create value and competitive advantage.

DiMatteo’s transactional approach walks students through key business transactions—from import and export, contracts, and finance to countertrade, dispute resolution, licensing, and more—giving them both context and providing real-world applications. More concise than previous editions, this new edition also features:

• Added coverage of new technologies, such as smart contracts, digital platforms, and blockchain technology

• Discussion of businesses and sustainability, climate change, and creating a circular economy

• Greater focus on UNIDROIT Principles and a review of INCOTERMS 2020

• Expansion of common carrier coverage to include CMI trucking and CMR railway conventions

• International perspective and use of a variety of national and international law materials

• Great coverage of EU substantive law

Upper-level undergraduate and postgraduate students of business law and international business will appreciate DiMatteo’s lucid writing style, and professionals will find this book to be a comprehensive resource. Online resources include an instructor’s manual, PowerPoint slides, test bank, and other tools to provide additional support for students and instructors.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to International Business Transactions

2. Ethics of International Business

3. Strategies for International Business

4. International Commercial Dispute Resolution

5. International and National Trade Regulation

6. The European Union

7. BRIC Countries and the Emergence of China

8. Comparative Legal Systems

9. Comparative and International Contract Law

10. International Sales Law

11. Transport of Goods

12. Documentary Transactions

13. International Trade Finance

14. Employment and Sale of Services

15. Intellectual Property Rights and Licensing

16. Foreign Direct Investment and Sustainability

17. International E-Commerce

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Larry A. DiMatteo is Huber Hurst Professor of Contract Law & Legal Studies at the Warrington College of Business, Affiliate Professor, Levin College of Law, and Affiliate Professor, Center for European Studies, at the University of Florida, USA. He is the author or editor of 14 books and 130 publications.


"This book is an excellent resource for practitioners, students, academics, and policymakers interested in international business law. In addition to the basics, the book covers timely specialized topics ranging from trade policy to e-commerce. The legal environment in many regions around the world is clearly explained. Everyone with an interest in doing business internationally should obtain a copy of this book." - Douglas Cumming, DeSantis Distinguished Professor of Finance and Entrepreneurship, Florida Atlantic University

"Professor DiMatteo brings years of scholarly research and teaching experience to the most recent edition of his text International Business Law and the Legal Environment. The text is most notable for its comprehensive and up-to-date treatment of the legal landscape for international business transactions. Business and law students learn about the opportunities and risks inherent in global business through clear text, interesting examples, and case law. The text is enriched by features such as "Case Highlights" and "Key Points" that emphasize and synthesize difficult concepts. The text provides exceptional detail to provide a clear picture of the global business environment. Students can read the UNCITRAL Model Arbitration Rules to understand the legal principles involved and then consult an arbitration clause checklist to understand how an arbitration clause is actually drafted. The text also balances the history and development of international law and principles with the most current issues and challenges businesses face today. The author details recent developments in trade law such as the various implications of Brexit and the positive and negative points associated with the revision of NAFTA in the USMCA (United States, Canada, Mexico Agreement). An entire chapter explains the emergence of China as a global commercial power with an emphasis on strategies and risks associated with doing business in China. Information on sustainability in business law, the European Green Deal, virtual currency, smart contracts, and blockchain technology further enrich this text. Grounded in legal scholarship, the text is clear and accessible to business and law students." - Stephanie Greene, Professor of Business Law, Carroll School of Management, Boston College

"In a globalized world, success of any market player depends on adhering to the complex market rules. DiMatteo’s textbook provides a helpful guide. Offering a comprehensive overview of international business transactions through the assessment of applicable theories, supported with practical examples and relevant judicial decisions, this text would be of particular use to both students and practitioners." - Pavel Repyeuski, Leeds Beckett University, UK

"DiMatteo advances an original approach to the relationship between international law and business. The textbook provides an authoritative account of the rules in an accessible and user-friendly structure to ensure that chapters are easy to navigate and key information can be readily broken down and retained. It is a valuable resource for educators and researchers alike with an interest in international business law." - T. Leigh Anenson, University of Maryland, USA