This class will examine the WTO trade regime in detail. In particular, the WTO structure, its rules on goods, services, intellectual property, dispute settlement, international agricultural trade, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, technical barries to trade, rules of origin, safeguards, subsidies and dumping. It will include examination of institutional structures, principles and ‘trade & …’ linkage issues, such as trade and environment, trade and public health and trade and human rights. The WTO Agreement and the reports of the dispute settlement bodies will provide core materials for the class. Students will, however, be expected to read widely in the secondary literature dealing with international trade in order to evaluate current arrangements and policies, and to think constructively about possibilities for reform.
- To provide a detailed coverage of the rules of the WTO
- To introduce students to the place of international trade rules within the international legal system
- To place analysis of trade law in a broader normative framework, in order to understand and assess policy spillovers between different regimes;
- To familiarize students with contemporary debates about trade and non-trade values, such as trade and environment/human rights.
By the end of the module, students should be able to:
- demonstrate a detailed understanding of the WTO rules;
- critically assess the tension between law, economics and politics in an international regulatory environment;
- evaluate the role of WTO law within its members’ domestic legal systems.
- demonstrate a detailed understanding of the implications of the WTO for non-trade values;
- critically assess the role of the WTO in relation to disputes which implicate non-trade values;
- develop a capacity for innovative thinking in institutional design at the interface between trade and other transnational regimes.