About The Field
International business and economic law involves the public international law and domestic law applicable to international business transactions between private parties, as well as the public international law applicable to trade and investment relations between or among states. The concerns of international economic and business law relate to the international economy, and involve sales of goods, trade in services, intellectual property licensing and protection, international finance and foreign direct investment, as well as the settlement of disputes relating thereto. This field is affiliated with international business studies and with international economic studies, and also relates to international political economy. This field also involves international organizations related to international business and economic activity, including multilateral organizations such as the WTO or the IMF, regional organizations such as the European Union or NAFTA and functional organizations such as the Basel Committee on Bank Regulation. Students who present this field will be expected to understand the legal context of international business transactions, as well as how states relate to one another in the international economy.
Below is a representative portrait of curricular requirements for this Field of Study. Core requirements are subject to periodic updates and modifications; current Fletcher students should refer to the Registrar's course bulletin and to Fletcher Connect for definitive requirements in a given academic year.
Students offering the International Business and Economic Law Field of Study are required to complete three course credits from the list of electives below.
- Elective Courses
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Graduates of The Fletcher School's field of development economic studies are in great demand by employers in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. These are a sample of Fletcher current students and alums:
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Outside the Classroom
- Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) - Washington, DC
- Baker & McKenzie LLP - Chicago, IL
- Ernst & Young - Chicago, IL
- BNP Paribas - New York City, NY
- Liberty Mutual Insurance Company - Boston, MA
- U.S. Department of the Treasury, East Asia Office - Washington, DC
- U.S. Mission to the European Union, Commercial Service - Brussels, Belgium
- United States Trade and Development Agency - Washington, DC
- United States Treasury - Vienna, VA
Learn From The Experts: Fletcher Faculty
"Our law courses in this field complement and are complemented by our courses in economics, business and politics. This is an interdisciplinary strength that no law school or single discipline graduate program can match."
— Joel Trachtman, Professor of International Law
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