International Trade Law

10 Units

This course provides an advanced examination of the international legal rules, principles and institutions that regulate international trade. The course will provide students with a detailed examination of debates on regulation of international trade and the historical development of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The course will critically analyse 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 critically examine the impact of the WTO legal regime upon developed countries (particularly Australia) and developing countries.

Faculty Faculty of Business and Law
School Newcastle Law School

Not currently offered

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Apply an advanced and integrated knowledge of the legal framework for international trade law and maritime law, in the areas covered during the course.
  2. Identify and evaluate relevant issues in international trade law and maritime law, and apply legal doctrine to solve related problems.
  3. Perform advanced critical analysis on relationships between on the one hand international trade law and maritime law, and on the other hand broader social, political, and economic issues inherent in globalisation.
  4. Create an advanced analytic framework for understanding the impact of global value chains on issues of international trade law and maritime law.
  5. Conduct high-level legal research, engaging with primary and secondary materials, and providing critical analysis of problems and questions, including effective and efficient persuasive strategies.
  6. Prepare and present cogent arguments, orally and in writing, and make critical, productive contributions to class debate and discussion.

The topics in this course include the following:

  1. Introduction/Globalisation; historical sources of maritime and admiralty.
  2. Maritime Law: the international framework.
  3. Maritime Law: the Australian framework.
  4. International trade: background and history.
  5. International trade: shipping/international contracts.
  6. International trade: WTO structure and application.
  7. International trade: WTO dispute resolution/international arbitration.
  8. International trade: international trade law beyond the WTO.
  9. International trade: the Australian framework.
  10. Global value chains: general theory and application; intersections with maritime and international trade law.
  • This course is only available to students enrolled in the Juris Doctor/ Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice or Master of Laws programs.
Assumed Knowledge Students will benefit from having studied Legal System and Method, Torts, Property, Contracts and Civil Procedure in their earlier legal studies.
Assessment Items
  • Essay: Research Essay
  • Participation: Class participation
  • In Term Test: Two in class tests
Contact Hours
  • Seminar: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetable 2016 Course Timetables for LAWS6085
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