The Federation Press

Law of International Business in Australasia


This book is a successor to Robin Burnett’s Law of International Business Transactions. It provides an up-to-date analysis of the legal environment for international trade and covers:

  • the changes made to payment and letters of credit by reason of the adoption of the UCP 600, which became effective in 2007, and other means of payment which are currently used;
  • the provisions and possible adoption of the UNCITRAL Draft Convention on the Carriage of Goods Wholly or Partly by Sea;
  • recent developments in the law relating to international sale of goods;
  • the question of international arbitration and other means of dispute resolution; and
  • the strategies and issues of international operations while incorporating and building on the comprehensive information and material in the previous book.

It will assist practitioners and students in their understanding of the legal and practical aspects of international and overseas trade and operations.


...provides a useful insight into the myriad of laws affecting international business transactions in Australia and the region. Without delving into the depths of case law or legislation in great detail, this book does provide a useful summary of some of the more pertinent cases in the region and, in an easily comprehensible way, takes its reader through the intricacies of international business transactions. I would recommend this book to students of this subject, as well as to practitioners who require an easy reference guide to issues of this intricate nature. - Ethos (Law Society of the ACT), March 2010

...the strength of the volume lies in its arrangement of the topics and presentation of the material... [T]he intentionally broad coverage means that this a useful and illuminating starting place. - Law Institute Journal (Victoria), September 2009

Reviews of previous editions of Burnett's Law of International Business Transactions:This is the third edition written by Robin Burnett, an author with expertise derived from her many years of teaching and working in this complex and extensive area of law. …
The book provides a useful and comprehensive guide for Australasian lawyers and businesses looking for guidance in the international business sector. … The book is divided into two main areas. The first deals with transactions relating to goods, and the second deals with issues related to the penetration of foreign markets. The second part constitutes an addition made by the author to the previous editions, in order to address such issues as market access and operations in foreign transactions. …
This edition of the Law of International Business Transactions demonstrates Burnett’s wealth of experience and knowledge in the area of international business law. The expansion of this edition to deal with the penetration of foreign markets is a useful addition that rounds out her discussion of law and the issues relating to international business law. Burnett’s ability to communicate her own understanding of the relationship between the complex layers of international and domestic regulations, and varying international business practices to readers is particularly impressive.
Her focus on Australian and New Zealand law, combined with her clear writing style and precise analysis of the issues and the book’s excellent lay-out make this a valuable teaching and learning tool for Australasian students, teachers and business people studying or working in the area of international business transactions. - The Australian Year Book of International Law, Vol 24 (2005)

Every aspect of the law and practice relating to international business transactions is covered, from the formation and performance of the contract, paperless trading in an e-commerce environment, the techniques typically employed in the international carriage of goods and the alternative methods of financing an international transaction.
The second part of the text draws on the author’s knowledge of the difficulties associated with penetrating foreign markets. It provides an overview of international regulation, [and] explores strategies … - Australian Banking & Finance Law Bulletin, Vol 20(1) May-June 2004

Robin Burnett’s book stands out from [the general international trade law texts] through its level of breadth and detail. …
Perhaps in this brief summation of the topics covered the work does not seem that different from its competitors. Yet … the constant referencing of law – briefly and concisely – gives the reader confidence. In addition it is not merely that the material presented is of a higher order than some other texts … this is a well-structured and well-written book. This is a text which is easy to recommend. Not only is it current, but it is also well-written and concise. These are the real tests of its practical value. - Law Institute Journal (Victoria), September 2004

… Provides a wealth of information as to the commercial issues faced by traders looking to do business at an international level. Burnett’s book provides a neat summation of the international and domestic framework that governs the sale of goods, the carriage of goods, the various modes of financing international transactions, how domestic regimes interact with international ones, and what strategies traders may use to penetrate foreign markets. …
What is perhaps most useful about the text is that it moves from a high level examination of international law onto providing practical steps and examples of how a business may establish a presence in an overseas market …
[The book] provides a valuable synopsis of the global nature of the international business world that companies may choose to operate in. - Ethos (Law Society of the ACT), March 2004

Table of Contents

Part I - Goods

1. The International Regime on Sale of Goods 2. Carriage of Goods 3. Financing International Trade in Goods

Part II - International and Australasian Regimes relating to Trade, Services and Investment

4. Government Regimes Impacting on International Sales of Goods 5. International and Australasian Treaty Regimes relating to Services, Investment, Competition and Intellectual Property

Part III - Operating and Investing Overseas

6. Expanding Abroad: Operating in Foreign Markets 7. Dispute Settlement
Selected BibliographyIndex

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