European business law and ethics

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Fundamental principles for doing business and competing in Europe

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This course will present students with the fundamentals of business law and ethics by examining the legal environment of one of the world's largest economies, the European Union. The course is divided in three parts that will introduce the fundamentals of EU law, doing business, and competing, in Europe. The first part of the course will introduce the fundamentals that will allow students to navigate EU legal sources, understand relevant laws and regulations and apply the fundamental principles of EU law to particular cases. Among other things, they will be able to understand the freedoms of movement and their impacts on trade, how individuals and companies are able to enforce their rights at the national level and challenge EU legislation, and how EU policies influence foreign trade and investment. In the second part of the course, students will learn how to make business transactions, how to establish a company, employ or work, pay taxes, respect environmental standards and resolve international disputes. The final part of the course deals with competition, and students will learn how to protect and defend their intellectual property, how to create a competitive edge for their businness while abiding by the basic principles of EU competition law, or how to construct and present a persuasive legal argument.

The cases discussed in this course are all cutting-edge, exciting and engaging, and the reasoning of each case is accessible but presented in the language of the court. In this course you will have the opportunity to not only learn about the law, but also to apply it to your personal and professional lives.

UNDERSTANDING THE FUNDAMENTALS: 1. Introduction to EU law. 2. Sources and method. 3. Fundamental principles. 4. Enforcement of EU law and judicial review. 5. The economic freedoms. 6. The external dimension. DOING BUSINESS IN EUROPE: 7. Making business transactions. 8. Establishing a company. 9. Employing and working in Europe. 10. Paying taxes and complying with environmental standards. 11. Resolving cross-border disputes. 12. Case clinic. COMPETING IN EUROPE: 13. Trademarks as essential assets. 14. Defending patents. 15. Competition: Illegal cooperation. 16. Abuse of dominance and mergers. 17. Selling to the state and state aid. 18. Legalwriting and argumentation.
Indicative reading: 
De Luca, N. (2017). European Company Law: Text, Cases & Materials. Cambridge University Press.
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