General introduction to law : contracts, setting up a business


This course provides a solid introduction to European Business law from a managerial and strategic perspective taking an international and comparative approach. The course is the study of how companies manage legal perspectives to create value for the company through corporate and contract issues. The course will focus on the main laws that regulate various aspects of establishing and running a business within the European Union.

Teaching and Learning Methods:

Practical cases, theoretical contributions, and discussions in class.

To acquire the basics of European business law reasoning, understand the issues involved in setting up a company and contract law.

Course Policies: Attendance at all courses is mandatory.


A wide range of European website.



  • General introduction:

    • Overview of contract law
    • Essential legal definitions
  • Types of contract

    • Overview of various contracts
    • Contract rules
    • Primary clauses
    • Frequent clauses and their consequences
  • Setting up a business
  • Introduction to corporate law

    • Overview of corporate structures
  • Advantages/disadvantages
  • Creating a business legal aspect
  • Hiring your first employee
  • Developing a database with legal perspectives.

Learning Outcomes:

After having taken this course participants will be able to:

  • Navigate EU legal sources and Understand the European legal environment: the course examines the core structures and principles of the European Union as well as the main sources of law
  • Understand relevant laws and regulations governing the internal European Union market
  • Understand EU policies and their influence on foreign trade and investment
  • Develop strategic use of legal instruments to set up a business and do business in Europe.

Nb hours: 21,00


  • Exam with authorized documents (50% of the final grade)
  • Oral presentation (50% of the final grade)