Commercial law

Commercial law, also known as business law, is the body of law that applies to the rights, relations, and conduct of persons and businesses engaged in commerce, merchandising, trade, and sales. It is often considered to be a branch of civil law and deals with issues of both private law and public law.

Commercial law includes within its compass such titles as principal and agent; carriage by land and sea; merchant shipping; guarantee; marine, fire, life, and accident insurance; bills of exchange and partnership. It can also be understood to regulate corporate contracts, hiring practices, and the manufacture and sales of consumer goods. Many countries have adopted civil codes that contain comprehensive statements of their commercial law.

In the United States, commercial law is the province of both the United States Congress, under its power to regulate interstate commerce, and the states, under their police power. Efforts have been made to create a unified body of commercial law in the United States; the most successful of these attempts has resulted in the general adoption of the Uniform Commercial Code, which has been adopted in all 50 states (with some modification by state legislatures), the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories.

Latest News for: Africa business law


ATM seeks to prohibit foreigners from certain jobs

Independent online (SA) 24 May 2020
In the plan which was sent to the Presidency and also shared with Independent Media, the party’s leader Vuyo Zungula, wants South Africa to follow countries like Nigeria, Ethiopia and Ghana and enact laws that prohibit foreigners from taking part in certain economic activities....

Online disinformation and the African firm (2)

Business Day Online 21 Apr 2020
Examples of social media laws & regulations across Africa ... Foreign businesses operating in Africa who seek a legal recourse on the back of these laws risk being enmeshed in the unpleasant politics associated with them ... According to a 2019/20 survey by Kroll, a global business ......

Covid-19: CCMA warns of jobs bloodbath

Independent online (SA) 15 Apr 2020
Meanwhile, Business Leadership South Africa chief executive, Busi Mavuso, said in her weekly letter published on Tuesday that the labour law made it difficult to reduce workers’ salaries and called for the government to relax the process of amending workers’ terms of employment during the lockdown period ... BUSINESS REPORT ....

The Air Force botched the construction of its new base in Africa

Business Insider 10 Apr 2020
A Pentagon Inspector General report has found that the construction of the Air Force's Nigerien Air Base 201 may have violated federal law and security standards. A spokesman for US Africa Command said no laws were broken building, and though "mistakes were made," procedures will be "tightened up."...

The arrest warrants Jerry Falwell Jr. says have been issued for 2 journalists came from ...

Business Insider 09 Apr 2020
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories ... See the rest of the story at Business Insider NOW WATCH. A law professor weighs in on how Trump could beat impeachment See Also. In South Africa, a government minister lost her salary for eating lunch in the wrong place Obama ......

Electronic signatures in lockdown times

Independent online (SA) 26 Mar 2020
But the need to keep the economy going means that we need to find ways to continue to do business and there is in fact law in place in South Africa to help us achieve this ... Although we are living through unclear and daunting times, South African laws enable businesses to continue despite the uncertainty ... BUSINESS REPORT ONLINE ....

South Africa's Copyright Fight: It's Big Tech vs. Artists as Fair Use Reform Awaits a President's Pen

Billboard 29 Feb 2020
South Africa's creative community is battling to stop an amended copyright law passed in the country's National Assembly in December 2018 ... South Africa is one of many countries where creators and the media business are locked in a struggle with American technology companies and their supporters over how copyright law should apply online....

Joe Biden admits he wasn't actually arrested in apartheid South Africa, contradicting a story he's ...

Business Insider 28 Feb 2020
Presidential candidate Joe Biden has spent the last several weeks telling campaign audiences he was arrested in apartheid South Africa while trying to meet with Nelson Mandela ... Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories ... See the rest of the story at Business Insider NOW WATCH....


Peace FM Online 26 Feb 2020
He said a justice system that guaranteed all aspects of rule of law produced a business operating environment characterised by transparency, certainty and fairness ... “The need to strengthen commercial law and justice must sit right at the top of our development agenda in Africa....

U.S. could learn how to improve election protection from other nations

Columbia Missourian 05 Feb 2020
They have been exploited around the world, such as in South Africa, Ukraine, Bulgaria and the Philippines ... Scott Shackelford is an associate professor of business law and ethics; director of the Ostrom Workshop Program on Cybersecurity and Internet Governance and cybersecurity program chair at Indiana University in Bloomington....

Opinion: U.S. elections remain vulnerable — here’s what still needs to be done

Market Watch 04 Feb 2020
There’s still time to avoid a replay of South Africa 1994 or Ukraine 2014 in the 2020 U.S ... Scott Shackelford is an associate professor of business law and ethics at Indiana University in Bloomington as well as director of the Ostrom Workshop Program on Cybersecurity and Internet Governance and the Cybersecurity Program Chair, also at IU....

Highest risk for SA businesses are cyber attacks survey says

Independent online (SA) 17 Jan 2020
DURBAN - Cyber incidents (46% of responses) ranks as the most important business risk in South ... Xenophobic attacks which happened in September last year affected businesses in South Africa and in Nigeria ... Planned laws that businesses in South Africa need to ponder about include....

Sosela’s one-stop-legal-shop for the arts

Mail Guardian South Africa 16 Jan 2020
Curnow says that the intensive training and experience in contract drafting and negotiating that Ramashia and he received when working as corporate lawyers (at some of South Africa best business law firms) has assisted them greatly in their transition to entertainment lawyers, ......