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International Law and Taxation (on-line) - Modulo International Contracts and Corporate Law (on-line)


International Law and Taxation (on-line) - Modulo International Contracts and Corporate Law (on-line)


Academic year 2020/2021

Course ID
Paolo Maria Smirne (Lecturer)
Modular course
Degree course
BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION - Curriculum: Business Management and International Marketing
BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION - Curriculum: Finance and Accounting
1st year
Teaching period
To be defined
Course disciplinary sector (SSD)
IUS/04 - diritto commerciale
Formal authority
Type of examination
The fundamental concepts of private and company law must be known
Propedeutic for
It is not preparatory to other examinations

Sommario del corso


Course objectives

The course aims to provide the basic notions of comparative company law and international contract law.


Results of learning outcomes

Students will learn comparative techniques and be able to make proper comparisons between different legislations at European level and will be able to understand and interpret the key clauses of international contracts.



Course delivery

The course will consist of lectures and exercises on case law cases


Learning assessment methods

The vote will be based on intermediate tests and a final examination.

Due to current circumstances, the exams will take place on-line, on the platform Webex.
They will consist of oral interviews with open-ended questions.

On Moodle it is possible to find the Additional Data Protection Statement according to art. 13 EU Regulation 679/2016  for Remote Examinations.

Additional recommendations for Students

  1. Check your institutional e-mail address, on which the Professor will send to you all the communication about the exams.
  2. Be collaborative: cancel your registration from Esse3 if you do not intend or you can no longer take the exams.
  3. If Esse3 no longer allows you to unsubscribe, immediately notify the Professor – by e-mail – of your intention not to take part in the exams.
  4. Please, students attendance to the oral examinations shall be on time.
  5. Please, read the Data Protection Statement available on Moodle.
  6. Read carefully the University Code of Ethics (available at ) in whose moral principles – above all in current situation, in which the methods of examination that we will adopt make you more responsible – we are all sure that you recognize yourselves. You are men and women who will soon find a place in the world of work: we, as Professors, have faith in your human qualities and we appeal to those.

    However, the risk that meritocratic principles will be polluted by inappropriate behaviors is immanent and it is for this reason that each Professor will continue, with even greater strictness, to supervise the performance of the oral and written exams, thanks to the inferential analysis tools of numerous data available to us and anti-plagiarism and anti-copy software, to avoid that the respect for merit is a prerogative for few.

    In addition to being morally reprehensible, such behaviors are unlawful and they will be punished in the ways and with the administrative sanctions provided by the Regulation on Proceedings and disciplinary sanctions against students ( ).

Support activities

Exercises on case law are planned.



Comparative Company Law

1. What Is Corporate Law? - 2. Agency Problems and Legal Strategies - 3. The Basic Governance Structure: The Interests of Shareholders as a Class - 4. The Basic Governance Structure: Minority Shareholders and Non-Shareholder Constituencies - 5. Transactions with Creditors - 6. Related-Party Transactions - 7. Fundamental Changes 8. Control Transactions - 9. Corporate Law and Securities Markets - 10. Beyond the Anatomy


International Contract law

1. Contract practice and its expectations in terms of the governing law - 2. The role of transnational law - 3. The impact of the governing law - 4. Which state law governs an international contract? - 5. Does arbitration ensure a self-sufficient contract?

Suggested readings and bibliography


AA.VV., The Anatomy of Corporate Law A Comparative and Functional Approach, Third Edition, Oxford University Press, 2017

G. CORDERO-MOSS, International Commercial Contracts, Cambridge University Press, 2014



The teaching activities modalities may vary according to the limitations imposed by the current health crisis. In any case, lectures will be online throughout the academic year.


Le modalità di svolgimento dell'attività didattica potranno subire variazioni in base alle limitazioni imposte dalla crisi sanitaria in corso. In ogni caso è assicurata la modalità a distanza per tutto l'anno accademico.

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