|International Trade Law - JURD7472|
This course examines the way in which the World Trade Organsiation (the WTO) regulates international trade. The course begins by examining the arguments for and against the regulation of international trade, and the historical development of the WTO Agreements. The course will then survey the major WTO Agreements, such as the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (the GATT) and the General Agreement on Trade in Services (the GATS). The course will also provide insight into some of the major concepts and controversies in present day international trade law. It is hoped that by completing this course, students will gain a balanced perspective into the strengths and weaknesses of the WTO system, and a working knowledge of the way in which the WTO affects domestic regulation of international trade.
Recommended Prior Knowledge
The course is intended to give students the tools to understand the contemporary context of international trade, the legal regime established by the WTO, and to enable them to understand and take part in contemporary policy debates about the WTO and globalisation more generally.
The prescribed textbook for this course is: Simon Lester and Bryan Mercurio, World Trade Law: Text Materials and Commentary. (2008, Hart Publishing). Copies of this text are available for purchase from the bookshop, and available for loan in the library