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|THE WORLD TRADE ORGANISATION AND TRADE LINKAGES IN WORLD TRADE ORGANISATIONS (LAWSG013)
Credit value: 30 credits (12 ECTS)
Dr Fiona Smith
Professor Piet Eeckhout
|Intercollegiate teaching: No
|Teaching Method: 20 x two-hour seminars
|Who may enrol: LLM students, SIL students
|Prerequisites: None. No prior knowledge of economics or economic theory is required
|Barred module combinations: None
|Core module for specialism: International Law
|Practice Assessment: Practice essay
|Assessment method for LLM students: 3-hour unseen written examination
|Assessment method for SIL students: 3,000 word coursework essay
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.
- What is the WTO
- Joining the WTO
- Monitoring States’ Obligations through non-judicial means
- Dispute Settlement: Basic Procedures and Principles including obligations of the panel & Appellate Body
- Dispute Settlement: Treaty Interpretation, Applicable Law & conflicts of law
- Trade in Goods: GATT
- Trade in Goods: General exceptions, including security restrictions
- Trade in Goods: Trade and Environment
- Trade in Goods: Export Controls
- Trade in Goods: Restrictions on Fair Trade: Safeguard measures.
- Trade in Goods: Anti-dumping
- Trade in Goods: Subsidies
- Trade in Goods: Agriculture
- Trade in Goods: Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures
- Trade in Goods: International Standards
- Trade in Services: GATS
- Regional Trade Arrangements
- Trade and Intellectual Property: TRIPS
- Justice and Global Trade
S. Lester et al, Word Trade Law 2nd ed. (Hart, 2012)’
Michael J. Trebilcock: ‘Understanding Trade Law’ (2011) Edward Elgar.
Andrew Lang: ‘World Trade Law After Neoliberalism: re-imagining the Global Economic Order” (2011) OUP
Students may find it helpful to look at the WTO website for general information before starting the course: http://www.wto.org/
|Prizes for this module: There are currently no prizes available for this module.