International Institutions and Business - NOTE: THE COURSE IS CANCELLED IN THE AUTUMN SEMESTER 2017

Course content

This course assists students to develop a sound introductory knowledge of International Institutions, their functions and normative framework, focusing mainly on their influence on business and international trade. It serves as a foundation for courses such as: EU Law, International Transportation Law, Comparative Consumer Protection, International Commercial Arbitration.

The theory and practice of International Institutions is a dynamic and increasingly important dimension of world affairs and international trade. International Institutions exercise a significant role, especially in relation to the creation and harmonization of international trade law. The precise role that these institutions can and should play in their interactions with states, private stakeholders (such as businesses) and international law is a growing area of study that includes the review of ongoing efforts to improve the service quality, effectiveness, and accountability of businesses.

Emphasis will be given to the following points:

  • The purpose of the International Institutions and the general frameworks 
  • The personality and powers of International Institutions with respect to business, (international) trade and harmonization of laws
  • Norm-setting and decision making
  • Dispute resolution mechanisms relating to international business and trade
  • The correlation between public and private International Institutions.


It is an advantage if the student has a fundamental knowledge of EU law, International Public and Private Law, however it is not a prerequisite.  The course is intended for both Danish and non-Danish students, who must have sufficient level of knowledge of English. Students from non-legal background are also welcome.

Learning outcome

In general, this course builds on knowledge obtained in bachelor courses as it: gives the students the opportunity to work with research methods of jurisprudence as well as it has learning activities that are part of writing a thesis (problem-oriented case study work), contributes to specialized academic knowledge, contributes to acquiring skills in application of legal methods to solve legal task. More specifically the learning objective of the course is to enable the students to: gain basic knowledge of the nature and functions of International Institutions – both formal organizations and less formal arrangements; understand the role institutions play in the development of international trade law and policy; gain an ability to think critically about the significance of International Institutions in harmonizing international trade law and their influence over businesses;  review the legal framework covering them; assess different types of International Institutions; communicate and formulate knowledge and arguments professionally and linguistically correct and in a way that is structured and coherent.

The course will be supported by power point slides and the use of a Absalon platform, where the exercises will be explained and information regarding the time frames will be given.

Among others, the following teaching activities will be used:

• Think-pair share;
• Homework – the students will be asked to prepare particular material for an exercise for the next class:
• Repetition in the form of a quiz,
• Case presentations and analysis,
• Group works (including excercises such as knowledge café and jigsaw)

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)
Type of assessment
Oral examination
Oral exam with preperation
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Seminar
  • 69
  • Preparation
  • 343,5
  • English
  • 412,5