International Business Transactions

SLN #: 95544
Course Prefix: LAW-768
Course Section: 001
Credit Hours: 3
Instructor(s): Kittrie
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Course Description:
Innovative New International Business Transactions Course

**No course prerequisite required to take this course

An innovative new course on U.S. regulation of International Business Transactions (IBT) -- featuring leading U.S. government officials and experts -- has been specially opened to all JD and LLM students for Fall 2021. This course will be of particular interest to students who want to learn about, and potentially work on, how the U.S. can and does use law to promote environmental, human rights, health, national security, foreign policy, cyber security, intellectual property, and other policy objectives in foreign countries.

The U.S. government's newly aggressive regulation of international business transactions, for these and other policy reasons, has made this a field in which U.S. and foreign companies are hiring tens of thousands of attorneys and other risk and compliance management professionals. The U.S. government is also hiring in this field.

As part of enforcing these new laws, the U.S. government has imposed billions of dollars in fines on U.S. and foreign companies. Such companies are vastly increasing their hiring of attorneys in this arena both to avoid further penalties and under pressure from various non- governmental advocates in the growing corporate social responsibility movement.

The course will be taught by Professor Orde Kittrie, an expert on these topics, on Wednesdays in Washington, DC. The DC venue will facilitate guest presentations by several of the U.S.’s top officials and leading practitioners in this arena. The course will be taught from 1:30 pm until 4:20 pm on Wednesdays.

The course will address U.S. laws on specific issues including the following:
-- U.S. trade restrictions designed to promote health, product safety, child labor, and environmental protections overseas;
-- U.S. laws designed to prevent the current theft by U.S. adversaries of hundreds of billions of dollars a year in U.S. private sector intellectual property;
-- U.S. efforts to fight overseas corruption and human rights abuses;
-- U.S. financial penalties on companies transacting with state sponsors of terrorism;
-- U.S. laws allowing lawsuits against overseas abusers; and
-- U.S. export controls aimed at preventing adversary nations from acquiring U.S. weapons and other cutting- edge technologies.

The course will also address more broadly and conceptually the power of U.S. regulators, the incentive to overseas producers of access to the vast U.S. market, and the work of the corporate social responsibility movement, to promote desired changes around the world.

Professor Kittrie would be delighted to answer any questions you might have about this exciting new course. He can be reached at

Additional Information:
Credit Hours: 3
Grading Option: Letter Grade Only
Graduation Writing Requirement: No
Flexible Writing Requirement: Yes
Skills Requirement: No
Experiential Learning: No
Seminar: Yes
Prerequisite: No
Special Withdrawal Course: No
Limited Enrollment Number: 15
Final Exam Given: No
Paper Or In-Class Presentation: Paper
Attendance Policy: Per Statement Of Student Policies
Teaching Method: In Person

* The law school has a policy that Is used To calculate credit hours. Please see the Statement of Student Policies.