Corporate liability and sustainable markets

BUS469 Corporate liability and sustainable markets

Autumn 2020

  • Topics

    • Corporate governance and compliance with business regulations (with anti-corruption law and competition law as main examples)
    • The protection of whistleblowers
    • Corporate liability for infringements of environmental regulations and selected economic crimes
    • Legal action against competitors. Creating space for business by complaints and law suits against other undertakings ("private enforcement")

    In this course, students become familiar with important legal instruments defining the framework for international business. This includes topics like the lawfulness of receiving State aid, the impact of the rules on public procurement when selling goods or services to public bodies, the implementation of EU environmental regulations as well as competition law and other rules on business behaviour.

    The course takes corporate liability as a starting point, and sees a number of regulatory instrument through that lens, including environmental regulations and selected economic crimes (corruption and competition law as examples). Further, there is a focus on how such regulations may be used strategically, for example by making complaints against competitors. In these respects, the course complements and may also serve as an introduction to other courses in the track, especially BUS 442 and BUS 452.

    Compliance with and understanding of environmental regulations are now expected by companies, including by employees and owners/investors, and therefore, course addresses important themes like state aid and emission trading. Insights from economic theory on the impact of corporate liability will be included. Other legal issues include liability in tort (damages) and labour law (the protection of whistleblowers).

  • Learning outcome

    Upon completion of the course, the candidates shall

    KNOWLEDGE

    • have an overview of the main legal instruments defining the framework of international business
    • have an understanding of environmental regulations
    • have an understanding of corporate liability for infringements and the rights and duties for whistleblowers
    • have an understanding of the law and economics of corporate liability

    SKILLS

    • be able to identify and address legal aspects impacting international business operations, including circumstances when harmed by other firms that violate the law for profits
    • be able to provide answers to simple legal questions in the field of EU regulatory regimes, for example state aid law
    • be able to handle cases involving whistleblowing

    GENERAL COMPETENCE

    • be able to use legal rules both strategically and protectively in order to promote the position of a company
    • be able to discuss and reflect on the impact of legal regulations for the good governance of a company

  • Teaching

    Lectures and case resolution in groups

  • Credit reduction due to overlap

    There is no obvious overlap with other courses. However, the master course BUS452 CORRUPTION - INCENTIVES, DISCLOSURE AND LIABILITY ' will address themes that complement the topics addressed in this course

  • Assessment

    Written 4-hour school exam

  • Grading Scale

    A-F

  • Literature

    Journal articles, book chapters, reports, and case materials to be provided on the course website

Overview

ECTS Credits
7.5
Teaching language
English
Semester

Autumn. Offered Autumn 2020.

Please note: Due to the present corona situation, please expect parts of this course description to be changed before the autumn semester starts. Particularly, but not exclusively, this relates to teaching methods, mandatory requirements and assessment.

Course responsible

Erling Hjelmeng, Professor, University of Oslo, Adjunct Professor NHH