LAWS6085

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
Availability Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan Campus)
Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate understanding and specialised knowledge of the legal rules, principles and institutions that regulate international trade.
  2. Display advanced knowledge of the theory and policies underlying the legal rules, principles and institutions that regulate international trade.
  3. Apply specialised knowledge of key international agreements in the field of international trade and the decisions of international dispute resolution panels.
  4. Critically analyse and evaluate key debates surrounding the impact of the WTO legal regime upon Australia and developing countries.
Content

The topics in this course include the following:

  1. Introduction and history of world trade.
  2. Trade liberalization and the World Trade Organisation.
  3. The key international agreements in international trade including the GATT and the GATS.
  4. Dispute resolution mechanisms under the GATT/WTO.
  5. Social and environmental issues relating to international trade.
  6. Developing world critiques of the international trade system.
Assumed Knowledge Students will benefit from having studied Public International Law in their earlier legal studies.
Assessment Items
  • Essay: Research Essay
  • Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Problem based written assignment
Contact Hours
  • Seminar: for 6 hour(s) per Week for Weeks
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for LAWS6085

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