Business Law

Course Code: IBL101
Day: Wed Time: 19:10-21:00 Hours: 20 Sessions: 10 Semester: Summer Instructional Language: English Special Notes: 【This is a hybrid course that you can join either at our Tokyo campus or online via Zoom.】 Location: Hybrid, In-Person (Tokyo), Online

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Course Description

This introductory course provides business professionals from all backgrounds with a solid grounding in the fundamentals of universal commercial law principles applicable to all major jurisdictions. Students will be furnished with the basic tools to tackle more advanced areas of business law that they may meet later on in whatever jurisdiction or line of business they find themselves working in. This vast but fascinating and practical area of law, the product of centuries of human ingenuity and the expansion of global trade, will be livened up with plenty of illuminating cases from two common law jurisdictions (England and the USA) and one civil jurisdiction (Japan).

Learning Objectives

1. Demonstrate the ability to understand
2. Properly apply international legal standards
3. Address real-world business problems
4. Assist in handling domestic and cross-border legal transactions.

Who should take this course

Those who are interested in international business and cross-border business transactions, including attorney and non-attorney legal professionals, students, business people, and life-long learners.

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Johnathan McCaskill

Instructor Biography

Johnathan McCaskill holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, where he was a member of the track team and studied at the London School of Economics and Political Science as part of UNC's Honors Program. He also holds a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin and is a US-qualified lawyer with nearly 20 years of experience, including over a decade of international law practice, project management and the design and delivery of professional skills training. He has been involved as a prosecutor or legal advisor in numerous criminal matters, including financial crimes prosecutions, corruption investigations, and war crimes and crimes against humanity prosecutions. As a member of several international organizations including the United Nations, the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe and the International Commission on Missing Persons, he has advised political leaders and law enforcement officials on human rights laws, investigation and prosecution tactics and international best practices. Johnathan enjoys martial arts, running, cycling, tennis, playing bass guitar and cooking.