LLM International Trade Law and Policy: Foundations

Teaching and assessment (2019-20): Semester 1, 1 x 6,000 word essay

Module description:

This module explores the rules governing international trade, focussing in particular on WTO law. Although concentrating on the law governing the world trading system, the legal debate will be continuously linked with the policy debate raised by the several issues of globalization, free trade, protection of non-economic values and human rights. Quite often, reference will be made to economic and political arguments. 

Outline of seminar topics:

  • The theory of international trade
  • The institutional analysis of the WTO
  • The system of dispute settlement
  • The main rules of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)
  • The functioning and the main rules of the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS)
  • The Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) and its most debated aspects
  • The rules relating to technical barriers to trade (TBT) and sanitary and phytosanitary measures (SPS)
  • The regulation of subsidies in the WTO
  • Agriculture and development, and their relationship
  • The regulation of dumping and the competition policy debate