LAW07066 2021 Emerging Trends in Business Law

General Details

Full Title
Emerging Trends in Business Law
Transcript Title
Emerging Trends in Business La
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Subject Area
LAW - Law
SOCS - Social Sciences
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2021 - Full Academic Year 2021-22
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Breda McTaggart, John Weir, Lorraine Murphy, Valerie McTaggart, Dr. Leonard Taylor, Esther Quinn, Ruth Walsh
Programme Membership
SG_GLAWB_H08 202100 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Law and Business SG_GLAWB_H08 202200 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Law and Business SG_HBUIR_H08 202300 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business and Irish

This aim of this module will be to tie together the two disciplines of law and business and examine any emerging trends or contemporary issues. It is therefore envisaged that this module will change and evolve with the issues current at any given time. The 'Indicative Syllabus' is therefore indicative of the trends at the time of writing.  Areas of study may include but are not confined to the following:

Cyberlaw has more broadly sought to govern the uses of information technology across the globe, in fields as diverse as intellectual property, fair use and copyright, to regulate the uses of blockchain, artificial intelligence and to detect and prevent crime in the form of cybercrime in Ireland. The module examines the role of the Central Bank and other regulatory authorities, as well as legislation to keep pace with multiple changes in this are of the law today.

The area of Social Media is very much an evolving environment and presents emerging issues that the learner will appreciate with a comprehensive and practical knowledge of the legal framework impacting social media in Ireland in an ever-changing environment.

The learner will be introduced to the latest developments in 'FinTech', the use of technology to deliver financial services and products to consumers in the areas of banking, insurance and investments, giving the learner an appreciation of legal issues arising with the most up to date technologies available in dealing with the financial aspects of a business.

Globalisation has changed the way we do business and therefore impacts on Ireland in new ways. The module will examine the impact of globalisation and the role of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to highlight the diversity of markets and legal regulations when engaged in a global arena.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Evaluate and become critically aware of emerging issues and trends in the fields of law and business.


Examine the relevance of information technology law and modes of legal regulation and enforcement.


Analysis and critique the field of Social Media Law.


Demonstrate an understanding of 'FinTech' and the legal impact and challenges surrounding ongoing developments in this area in running a business.


Examine the legal regimes and impact of globalisation on business law in Ireland.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The teaching and learning strategy is one which is founded on student-centered active learning. The module is designed to accommodate blended learning. A range of Computer-Aided Learning (CALL) packages are available to support this module (e.g. Moodle, Adobe Connect, Panopto, Teams).

Module Assessment Strategies

Students will participate actively in their own learning and have the opportunity to reflect on their learning progress through continuous assessment which will contribute 50% of the overall mark. Assessment strategies may include case studies, paper/group presentations, case notes, essay or similar. Throughout the process, feedback will be provided.

The end of term examination is 50% of the overall mark.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat exam/assessment will be developed as appropriate to assess failed components.

Indicative Syllabus

This syllabus may change to meet new and emerging trends in Business Law. The following are an example of the content:


  • Explore the sources of primary and secondary law of relevance to information technology law.
  • Evaluate the role of intellectual property, fair use and copyright.
  • Appraise the intersection of other fields of public and private law with cyber law, such as human rights law, trade and property law.
  • Examine the modes of legal regulation, enforcement and supervision of information technology.

Social Media 

  • Managing legal risks associated with Social Media involving civil and criminal liability surrounding online content: Defamation and blogging, relationships between Employer and Employee.
  • Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and hosting, caching and conduits.
  • Online Advertising standards.


  • Growth and expansion of the Fintech Sectors: Deposits & Lending, Payments, Investment Management, Insurance, Crowd Funding & Research.
  • Legal aspects of the 'Tech' in Fintech: Blockchain, Big Data, Consumer Protection, IP and Asset Protection and Artificial Intelligence.
  • The Role of the Central Bank of Ireland, the European Union and other regulatory bodies in this area.

Globalisation and Business law

  • Impact of globalisation on business law in Ireland.
  • The operations and functions various international legal regimes, including the WTO.
  • International trade agreements.
  • Regional trade areas, technical barriers, and direct foreign investment.
  • Legal Implications of Brexit.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
50 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
50 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Each year the model of assessment for Continuous Assessment will be determined based on the learner audience and may vary from case studies, paper/group presentations, case notes, essay or similar. Coursework Assessment Assessment 50 % Week 8 1,2,3

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 50 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Tiered Classroom Leture 2 Weekly 2.00
Tutorial Tiered Classroom Group learning and project work 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent learning 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2020-12-22 International Business Law and the Legal Environment Routledge
ISBN 0367472341 ISBN-13 9780367472344

The fourth edition of International Business Law and the Legal Environment: A Transactional Approach gives business and law students a clear understanding of the legal principles that govern international business. This book goes beyond compliance by emphasizing how to use the law to create value and competitive advantage. DiMatteo's transactional approach walks students through key business transactions--from import and export, contracts, and finance to countertrade, dispute resolution, licensing, and more--giving them both context and demonstrating real world application. More concise than previous editions, this new edition also features: - Added coverage of new technologies, such as smart contracts, digital platforms, and blockchain technology - Discussion of businesses and sustainability, climate change, and creating a circular economy - Greater focus on UNIDROIT Principles and a review of INCOTERMS 2020 - Expansion of common carrier coverage to include CMI trucking and CMR Railway conventions - International perspective and use of a variety of national and international law materials - Great coverage of EU substantive law Upper-level undergraduate and postgraduate students of business law and international business will appreciate DiMatteo's lucid writing style, and professionals will find this book a comprehensive resource. Online resources include an instructor's manual, PowerPoint slides, and other tools to provide additional support for students and instructors.

Required Reading
2018-12-06 The International Business Environment
ISBN 9780198804291 ISBN-13 0198804296

In this versatile and engaging textbook the authors integrate diverse, global examples with coverage of all key topics to produce the most practical and multi-perspective international business environment textbook. Students are supported in their learning with chapter summaries, diagrams, and a comprehensive glossary, but also challenged by counterpoint boxes, learning tasks, and review questions in every chapter, encouraging critical thinking and research skills. Even with its comprehensive breadth of coverage, The International Business Environment remains concise and accessible through use of the PESTLE framework to steer its analysis. Now in its fourth edition, this book is the ideal companion to any international business environment course.New to this EditionAn extensive refresh of case studies across the book ensures that the most contemporary developments in global businesses are available for exploration and analysis. These include the exploits of companies like Google, Netflix, Uber, and Apple, as well as international developments such as Brexit, the Trump presidency, China's One Belt One Road project, and Saudi Arabian women's rights.New contributors join the author team to offer their relevant expertise on the different contexts of the international business environment.Figures, tables, and statistics have been updated throughout to give the latest picture and provide the most up-to-date analysis.This title is available as an eBook. Please contact your Sales and Learning Resource Consultant for more information.

Recommended Reading
2019-07-04 Information Technology Law Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN 9780198804727 ISBN-13 0198804725

Information Technology Law is the ideal companion for a course of study on IT law and the ways in which it is evolving in response to rapid technological and social change. The fourth edition of this ground-breaking textbook develops its unique examination of the legal processes and their relationship to the modern 'information society'. Charting the development of the rapid digitization of society and its impact on established legal principles, Murray examines the challenges faced with enthusiasm and clarity. Following a clearly-defined part structure, the text begins by defining the information society and discussing how it may be regulated, before moving on to explore issues of internet governance, privacy and surveillance, intellectual property and rights, and commerce within the digital sphere. Comprehensive and engaging, Information Technology Law takes an original and thought-provoking approach to examining this fast-moving area of law in context. Online resources - Additional chapters on the Digital Sphere and Virtual Environments - Audio podcasts suitable for revision - Updates to the law post-publication - A flashcard glossary of key terms and concepts - Outline answers to end of chapter questions

Recommended Reading
2017-07-27 The Law and Policy of the World Trade Organization Cambridge University Press
ISBN 1316610527 ISBN-13 9781316610527

Retaining the signature clarity and depth that made it an instant classic, this new fourth edition of The Law and Policy of the World Trade Organization examines both the institutional and substantive law of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Fully updated to incorporate all new developments in the WTO's body of case law, this market-leading text offers readers a clear introduction to the basic principles of the multilateral trading system and a detailed examination of the law of the WTO. With integrated questions and assignments which allow readers to easily assess and reinforce their understanding and develop their analytical skills, The Law and Policy of the World Trade Organization is essential reading for all WTO law students and practitioners. Suitable for postgraduate and advanced undergraduate students, this classic text is also the ideal resource for practitioners, diplomats and policymakers looking for an introduction to the law of the WTO.

Required Reading
2019-11-18 Fintech Law in a Nutshell West Academic Publishing
ISBN 1640208356 ISBN-13 9781640208353

Technology is redefining financial services--including the way actors make and settle payments, raise capital, extend loans, and memorialize increasingly complex relationships. At the same time, new innovations--from cryptocurrencies to marketplace lending, robo-advising, and mobile payments--are creating novel regulatory issues for anti-money laundering requirements and cybersecurity. This Nutshell provides an overview of some the key developments reshaping finance--and the rules deployed to oversee them.

Recommended Reading
2018 Financial Services Law in Ireland
ISBN 0414052498 ISBN-13 9780414052499

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Heinz, Alexander, (2020), Social Media and the Criminal Law, Clarus Press.

Carr, I., Stone, P., (2020), International Trade Law. 6th Edition. Routledge.

Journal Resources

International Journal of Electronic Commerce.

Law Society Gazette.

The International Journal of Cyber-Security and Digital Forensics (IJCSDF).

The Journal of Fintech.

The Journal of Social Media in Society.

URL Resources

British and Irish Legal Information Institute:

Central Bank of Ireland:

Citizens Information:

Companies Registration Office:

EU position in world trade

European Union (EU) and the World Trade Organisation

European Union:

Fintech weekly:

Houses of the Oireachtas:

IDA Ireland

Irish Statute Book:

Law Reform Commission of Ireland:


Office of Director of Corporate Enforcement:


Social Media Today:

The Courts Service of Ireland:

The World Trade Organisation


Other Resources
Additional Information