JJUA55232U Law of the World Trade Organization - NOTE: THE COURSE IS CANCELLED IN THE SPRING SEMESTER 2018

Volume 2017/2018

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.

Learning Outcome

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.

Required reading:

Peter Van den Bossche and Werner Zdouc (3 ed.), The Law and Policy of the World Trade Organization, Cambridge University Press 2013.

Optional reading:

Articles and cases will be provided for selected sessions.

Total required reading is approximately 750 pages.

The course will mainly be lecture based teaching, with interactive class discussion, it will provide case studies and follow-up student group or individual presentations. The lectures aim at presenting chosen topics in international trade law, and students will be engaged in class debate to develop critical views and learn how to apply the international trade law to different cases. Each lecture will provide compulsory reading texts and case materials, as well as relevant articles.
Please observe, this course is part of iCourts Excellence Programme (iEP) – International Law and Courts in a Global World. Students who sign up for the iEP become iCourts Student Fellows and will get a unique opportunity to become part of the research environment of iCourts – the only centre of excellence in law in Denmark. The iEP is open to all Danish and foreign MA students at the Faculty. All iCourts courses may be taken individually but only students who complete at least three of the 15 ECTS courses offered by the centre will receive a certificate confirming their participation in the iEP. Read more about the programme: http:/​​​/​​​jura.ku.dk/​​​icourts/​​​teaching-and-doctoral-training/​​​master-excellence-programme/​​​
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Preparation
  • 356,5
  • Seminar
  • 56
  • Total
  • 412,5
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
Type of assessment
Written examination
Individual written assignment
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Exam period

June 1, 2018


August 23, 2018