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THE EU AND THE WTO (LAWSG011)
Credit value: 15 credits (6 ECTS)
Module Convenor:
Professor Piet Eeckhout
Intercollegiate teaching: No
Teaching Method: 10 x two-hour lectures
Who may enrol: LLM students, Other UCL Masters students
Prerequisites: None
Barred module combinations: None
Core module for specialism: European Union Law, International Law
Assessment
Practice Assessment: to be confirmed
Assessment method for Masters students: two-hour unseen written examination
Module Overview

Module summary

In the EU's international affairs, membership of the WTO plays a central role. The EU's trade policies, which are at the heart of the EU's "external action", are to a considerable extent pursued in the framework of its WTO membership. They are further disciplined by WTO law. This triggers a range of governance and legal questions connected to the EU's WTO membership. But there is more. The WTO's approach towards liberalizing world trade is not radically different from the EU's own policies to construct an internal market. WTO and EU trade law can very usefully be compared as alternative, but comparable paradigms for dealing with the effects of globalization. And the relationship between the WTO and the EU also raises questions about the effects which WTO law may have in EU law: when are traders capable of relying on WTO law as against certain EU acts or pieces of legislation? The module will study these questions. It builds on The EU as an International Actor, but can also be taken independently.

Module syllabus

to be confirmed

Recommended materials

Seminar hand-outs and other material will be provided electronically via Moodle (virtual learning environment) at the start of the academic year. Moodle cannot be accessed until enrolment in September.

Preliminary reading

Seminar hand-outs and other material will be provided electronically via Moodle (virtual learning environment) at the start of the academic year. Moodle cannot be accessed until enrolment in September.

Other information: N/A
Prizes for this module: There are currently no prizes available for this module.


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