LAWSG013 World Trade Organisation and Trade Linkages in the World Trade Organisation, The
|LAWSG013: WORLD TRADE ORGANISATION AND TRADE LINKAGES IN THE WORLD TRADE ORGANISATION, THE|
|Credit value:||30 credits (15 ECTS, 300 learning hours)|
|Convenor:||Gracia Marín Durán|
|Teaching Delivery:||20 x 2-hour weekly lectures, 10 seminars per term, Term One and Two|
|Who may enrol:||LLM students only|
|Prerequisites:||Students who have never studied public international law are strongly recommended to do one of the preliminary readings listed below|
|Must not be taken with:||None|
|Qualifying module for:||LLM in International Law|
|Introductory video||Currently there is no introductory video for this module|
|Practice Assessment:||Opportunity for feedback on one practice essay or case exercise|
|Final Assessment:||One 3,000-word essay (50%) and one 2-hour unseen written examination (50%)|
The aim of the course is to provide students with an advanced knowledge and critical understanding of the regulatory framework of the multilateral trading system, covering both the institutional and substantive law of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), which has played a central role in promoting and regulating international trade relations since its establishment on 1 January 1995.
Students will begin by reflecting on the theoretical arguments for and against international trade liberalisation and on the role of law and institutions in international trade relations. Three seminars of the course will then be dedicated to the institutional structure and decision-making processes of the WTO, including its unique system for the resolution of international trade disputes. Subsequently, students will explore the key legal disciplines relating to international trade in goods and services, such as the core non-discrimination principles and market access rules, as well rules on subsidies, trade remedies and product standards. Students will then examine other substantive areas of WTO law, such as the WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights and the principle of special and differential treatment of developing countries. In addition, students will consider how WTO law interacts with other areas of international law and the extent to which WTO members can use trade measures to pursue other non-trade values, such as the protection of public health or the environment. Students will be further exposed to some of the contemporary challenges facing the WTO, including the on-going Doha Round of multilateral trade negotiations, the proliferation of regional trade agreements, the relationship between trade and energy, and the organisation’s role in global governance.
Upon completion of this course, students should have acquired:
This module will be structured as follows:
Students are recommended to purchase a copy of the textbook for this module, which is: P. van den Bossche, The Law and Policy of the World Trade Organization (Cambridge University Press, 4th edition, 2017). Other core materials will be WTO primary sources (i.e., WTO agreements, dispute settlement reports and other legal/policy decisions), which can be freely downloaded from the WTO website (http://www.wto.org).
Module reading lists and other module materials will be provided via online module pages, available at the beginning of term once students have enrolled.
Students who have never studied public international law are strongly recommended to do one of the following preliminary readings before the start of the course:
In addition, as an introduction to the WTO and international trade issues, students are advised to read: