Advanced International Trade Law
Full course description
This in-depth course deals with advanced topics of international trade law of particular relevance for students who wish to pursue a career in this field. Building upon the basic knowledge of the law of the World Trade Organization (WTO) acquired in the course 'International Trade Law', this advanced course explores the challenging topics that are at the core of current trade policy, in a world of complex interdependence in global value chains, increasing economic nationalism and unilateralism and proliferating preferential trade agreements.
This course addresses the following themes:
- Advanced issues of WTO dispute settlement (on the crisis of the WTO dispute settlement system and the way forward)
- Economic policy exceptions (on the WTO rules that govern safeguard measures and regional trade agreements);
- Rules on anti-dumping measures (on the WTO rules governing the permissible response to dumping as a form of unfair trade);
- Rules on subsidies and countervailing duties (on the WTO rules governing subsidisation, and the permissible response to subsidisation as a form of unfair trade);
- Rules on technical barriers to trade (on WTO rules governing technical regulations, standards, and conformity assessment procedures);
- Rules on sanitary and phytosanitary measures (on WTO rules governing national food-safety measures and measures to protect against health risks from pests or diseases); and
- The future of the rules-based multilateral trading system (on the current challenges faced by the rules-based multilateral system for trade, and the way forward).
The course is built around a number of true-to-life international trade problems that form the basis for tutorial exercises.
- The student acquires up-to-date knowledge of the current challenges facing the World Trade Organization;
- The student understands and is able to engage in debate on advanced legal issues relating to the World Trade Organization;
- The student can critically assess the relationship between WTO obligations and the protection of other economic and non-economic values and interests;
- The student can identify international trade law issues arising from fictional case studies dealing with the topics covered in this course and apply the legal framework to these problems;
- The student is able to form a reasoned legal opinion evaluating true-to-life international trade problems;
- The student is able to write well-motivated legal opinions analysing international trade problems and to present these orally in class.
To be admitted to this course, students must have passed the course International Trade Law (IER4002).
The textbook used in this course is Van den Bossche, P. & Zdouc W., The Law and Policy of the World Trade Organization, 5th Edition (Cambridge University Press, 2020).
Furthermore, it is convenient for students to have a copy of The WTO Agreements. The Marrakesh Agreement establishing the World Trade Organization and its Annexes (Cambridge University Press, 2017).
However, students can also find the relevant WTO legal texts on the WTO website (www.wto.org) and can use a printout of these texts.
Finally, additional mandatory reading will be made known on the Student Portal, where appropriate.