Introduction to the Master’s Degree in International Business Law
The international dimension that many business projects need to acquire in the current climate requires legal advisors that know how businesses and public international law work from a global perspective, so that they can provide guidance and the answers that such a multidisciplinary field demands.
The Master’s Degree in Business International Law in Spanish from OBS Business School provides an effective response to the needs which the globalisation of the economic and business world has brought about for business and corporation law professionals. The programme is aimed at law professionals and legal advisors seeking to acquire intense training in the field of law that regulates private relations and businesses at international level, with the aim of obtaining the required skills and gaining a global view of the main legal systems that rule the business world.
During the Master’s Degree in Business International Law from OBS Business School students will also complete their training with optional courses that cover how law firms function in various countries and cultural environments, how to develop business projects in all five continents or gain more profound knowledge about the multitude of legal systems.
This Master provides an effective response to the needs which the globalisation of the economic and business world has brought about for business and corporation law professionals.
- Business lawyers and advisors
- Business administrators
- Institutions supporting the internationalisation of business
- Chambers of Commerce
- Specialised bodies
- Lawyers and advisors
- Consulting firms
- Multinational companies
- Design of new business models based on collaborative economy
- Electronic commerce
- International transactions
- Advising startups
- Agencies and intermediaries
Aims of the Master’s Degree
- Acquiring a view of the international environment in which business are developed
- Becoming familiar with the main international organisations and institutions and their current role
- Understanding the diversity of frameworks and their relevance for companies and the business world in general
- Learning the regulations and their application in an international environment
- Obtaining an accredited certificate from the second highest rating business school in Spain, the EAE Business School, according to the Merco rankings (2014) and endorsed by one of the top public universities in Spain, the University of Barcelona (UB), which has been running for over 560 years
Syllabus of the Master’s Degree in International Business Law
This programme is divided into two blocks:
> Business Environment: Global Business Environment; International Business Strategy and Cross Cultural Management.
> International and Business Law: International organisations law; International import and export regulations; International contracts; Intellectual and industrial property; Management and professional skills; International tax regulations and financial elements; Resolution of international conflicts; International labour law.
Business Environment Block
> Global Business Environment
This module focuses on the objectives and strategies of international businesses in the context of competition, from a global view that considers the economic situation and evolution of all 5 continents. Special emphasis will be put on the analysis of the driving forces behind international business, competitive advantages and strategies and the various methods for entering new markets. The approach will begin with a comprehensive review of the international business context and the many ways in which companies can interact (Foreign Direct Investment, outsourcing, etc.) and will then move on and focus on the commercial strategy of a company (Marketing and Sales functions).
> International Business Strategy and Cross Cultural Management
We will explore the challenges faced by modern companies regarding the organisation of their cross-border operations. We will study aspects such as comparative management, the theories of business limits, the management of networks among companies through national borders and the changing role of innovative work in the industry’s value chain.
International and Business Law Block
> International organisations law
The creation of international organisations was one of the first consequences of the advance towards a globalised world in the mid-20th century. The confluence of different local legislations for the resolution of political, economic and legal issues brought about the need to create institutional bodies with their own powers oriented towards creating frameworks for understanding that were specialised to multiple fields. Legal advisors need to understand these frameworks and the scope of these bodies, as well as their own specific role within the sector in which each company operates.
- World Trade Organisation (WTO): most important regulations
- Principal international intergovernmental organisations
- Bretton Woods Institutions
> International Import and Export Regulations
The introduction and sale of goods and services into multiple markets is the driving force behind internationalisation, and as time goes by, fewer companies will be exclusively operating in their local environment. Therefore, knowledge of the legal framework for import and export operations will be in high demand by companies. The fundamental content that will be covered in this module is as follows:
- International requirements for exportation
- Documents required for customs transit
- Customs duties and labelling regulations
- Insurance and health and safety regulations
> International contracts
There are many models of international contracts that consider the objectives and features of international contracting. Professionals in this field must be aware of the sources and have the knowledge required to work with the criteria that will help them to select the model that best fits each new need. Although general application criteria will be provided, the type of contracts reviewed in this module will be:
- International trading
- Court jurisdiction and applicable law
- Agency agreement and distribution agreement
- Basic clauses of particular commercial contracts
> Intellectual and Industrial Property
Intellectual and industrial property is likely to be the type that falls under the most diverse range of legal frameworks in the world. The application of regulations related to intellectual property has only just recently been implemented in many countries, which makes this aspect a major focus of attention for many companies as they aim to avoid being the first to suffer the consequences of the application of new regulation frameworks that did not previously need to be considered.
> Management and Professional Skills
International legal advisors at global companies have progressed from carrying out a functional role involving very specific duties to being part of the management structure of the company. This is because knowledge of the international legal framework and legal implications that could imply selecting one particular business strategy over another has become increasingly relevant. This managerial role implies strengthening the managerial and management skills of legal advisors.
> International Tax Regulations and Financial Elements
The international mobility of capital and the geographic dissemination of companies provide obvious advantages for the growth of businesses, but they also pose great tax challenges. Knowing and following up on established international mechanisms is a challenge to any company aspiring to gain long-term international projection. Moreover, transparency, clarity and standardisation of financial information may be key factors for choosing whether to invest internationally in the development of a company.
> Resolution of International Conflicts
The growth of a company’s international operations will necessitate the resolution of a significant number of international controversies specific to the various dynamics of specific sectors or countries. Therefore, legal advisors will need to know and identify the most appropriate means for conflict resolution in accordance with the parties and features of the controversy that needs to be resolved.
> International Labour Law
Many internationalisation models will involve hiring employees in multiple locations around the world. Both the hiring process and the resolution of conflicts with employees will require a clear understanding of the international legal framework, but also the ability to easily understand the specific regulations of a country when operating within it.
Covering the ways that law firms function in various countries and cultural environments, how to develop business projects across the five continents or in-depth knowledge of the various legal systems. In this edition, Écija Abogados (law firm for the Copa America) and Ernst&Young will present their experiences.
Requirements of the Master in International Business Law
The main aim of our admissions process is to ensure that the candidates are ideal for the course. All the students must be able to take the maximum value out of this learning experience, through a context in which it is possible to develop lasting connections with fellow students, teachers and the alumni.
These are the stages of the admissions process:
1. Prerequisites for admission
3. Personal interview
4. Cover letter
5. Admissions Committee Evaluations
Master’s Degree in International Business Law Certificate
The people who pass the programme evaluation and comply with the academic requirements, established by the University of Barcelona (UB), will receive a UB qualification.
In order to obtain a UB qualification, you need to have a University Degree (Engineer’s Degree, Bachelor’s Degree for four years or Bachelor’s Degree for three years). If you do not have a University Degree, once you have passed the different evaluations you will receive an extension diploma from UB.
Programme Director in International Business Law
- Lawyer at Aequitas Abogados Asociados, S.L.
- Member of the Barcelona Bar Association since 1998
- PhD in Law from UB
- Master’s Degree in European Law from the Institute of European Studies ULB (Belgium)
Núria Bardia Farràs
- Senior International Brand Manager at ADOLFO DOMINGUEZ
- Degree in Business Management and Administration from UPF
- Degree in Economics from Université Jean Moulin Lyon
- Lawyer specialising in Company Law, EEC Law
- LLB Law Degree from the South Bank University in London and The College of Law, York (UK)
- Member of the Consolidated Research Group of the Catalan Government, Elites and Political Parties
- PhD in International History from the London School of Economics
- Degree in Political Sciences
- Research Associate for international matters at IESE Business School
- Master’s Degree in International Studies
- PhD in Law from University Pompeu Fabra
Eduardo Martínez-Matosas Ruiz De Alda
- Partner of the Fiscal department at the Gómez-Acebo & Pombo firm
- Experience in MBO/LBO operations, transfer pricing policies for multinationals and tax litigations
- Lecturer of International Tax Law at ISDE
- Chemical Engineer from Instituto Químico de Sarriá
- Degree in Chemical Science from Ramon Llull
- Master’s in Strategic Marketing Management from ESADE
- Independent consultant for legal marketing and strategy
- Lawyer and Director of the Labour Department at KPMG Abogados Barcelona
- Degree in Law from University of Oviedo
- Member of the Bar Associations of Oviedo (1994) and Barcelona (2001)
- Lawyer and Senior Associate of the Labour and Social Security department at Deloitte Abogados
- Degree in Law and Master’s Degree in Labour Law from ESADE
- Worked as a labour and social security lawyer at KPMG Abogados (2005-2007) and Cuatrecasas Abogados (2004)
- Director of the Shanghai office of Cuatrecasas, Conçalves Pereira.
- Experience of negotiating and entering into joint-venture agreements, investment projects in production plants, public infrastructures, civil engineering and renewable energy projects in China, and mergers and acquisitions.
- Experience in conflict resolution, especially in international arbitration.
- Lawyer (Bar Association of Barcelona)
- Panellist (arbitrator) at WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organisation) for the extrajudicial resolution of issues regarding domain names in the context of the ICANN, since 2003
- Consultant for Intellectual Property in projects from the European Union in developing countries
- Dedication60 ECTS
- InitiationNovember 2018
- Term10 months
- Price6.500 €