JJUA55201U Law of the World Trade Organization
The goal of the course is to provide students with a good basic
understanding of the world trading system and its development. The
course will offer theoretical and practical knowledge of World
Trade organization (WTO) law, drawing heavily on case law from
dispute settlement practice. The course will
provide overview of the economic and political rationale behind trade liberalization and establishment of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and the WTO. It will introduce topics on fundamental basics of the WTO, and the WTO dispute settlement system, followed by substantive
WTO rules on non-discrimination, market access, as well as fair trade issues. It will address the basic principles of trade in goods and trade in services, and it will also discuss specific WTO agreements that address non-tariff barriers: the TBT Agreement and SPS Agreement, as well as the trade-related
intellectual property rights issues (TRIPS). The course will reflect the relationship between trade rules and other non-trade values, such as environmental protection, public health and human rights. It will also address selected emerging regional trade agreements and their co-existence issue with the WTO system.
This course is part of iCourts Excellence Programme (iEP) – International Law and Courts in a Global World, see 'Remarks' below.
The course aims at providing students with a theoretical and practical understanding of the regulatory framework of the international trading system.
Students must gain knowledge on:
-general and specific parts of WTO law;
-interpretation of WTO principles and agreements;
-dispute settlement system of the WTO, and impact of trade agreements in selected critical social issues;
-role of WTO law in members' domestic legal regimes and interactions between these different legalcregimes.
Students should gain skills:
-to understand specific terminology and sources of WTO law;
-to develop ability to analyze complex economic aspect and legal issues of rules of international trade.;
-to apply and evaluate primary and secondary sources to cope with issues of international trade law.
Students should gain competences:
-to find legal and economic information relevant to international/national trade law and policy;
-to describe legal problems and issues in the field international trade law;
-to carry out legal professional activities in international trade law environment.
Peter Van den Bossche and Werner Zdouc (3 ed.), The Law and Policy of the World Trade Organization, Cambridge University Press 2013.
Articles and cases will be provided for selected sessions.
Total required reading is approximately 750 pages.
- 15 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Written examinationIndividual written assignment
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
- Exam period
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