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LAW8562 : The Law of the WTO

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

The law of international trade has become one of the most important areas of international law and policy, particularly since the adoption of the WTO Agreement in 1994. Trade law is now enforced through powerful dispute settlement mechanisms, and extends beyond the basic rules of non-discrimination and tariff reduction to regulating governmental policies such as safety standards, 'dumping' and environmental protection.

This module is designed for those who wish to go into trade policy work or practise in WTO law in any of its specialities, and it is instructive for those who wish to go into private commercial work but are interested in understanding the international law and policy affecting trade between nations.

The module will enable students to acquire knowledge and understanding of the law and institutions of the WTO, and their relationship with non-trade values such as human health and environmental protection.

Outline Of Syllabus

The theory behind liberalised trade
The institutional structure and powers of the WTO, including its dispute settlement procedure
The fundamental principles of GATT 1994, including tariff reduction, non-discrimination and general exceptions
Resolution of conflicts between international trade rules and non-trade policy instruments, e.g.
environmental protection measures

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

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