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International Trade Law


The objective of this course is to offer students an insight into the fundamental theory and practice of international trade law and dispute settlement. The course is set up in two parts. First, it provides an introduction to the substantive law of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreements, as well as Preferential Trade Agreements (PTAs, e.g. EU Free Trade Agreements). It will explain the core principles of non-discrimination, market access and general exceptions through the lens of their legal, economic and political rationales, as well as dive into the current dilemma’s facing the multilateral trading system. Second, the course focuses on the specific features of multilateral (WTO) as well as bilateral dispute settlement mechanisms (PTAs) in international trade law. We will, inter alia, study leading WTO case law, discuss the procedures for the selection of panelists and cover the role of various actors in international trade law dispute settlement.


  • The sources and principles of international trade law

  • Procedural aspects and specific features of international trade law litigation

  • Current challenges and dilemma’s facing the multilateral trading system

Disclaimer: This course has been updated to the best of our knowledge at the current time of publishing. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic and the fluctuating changes in lock down regulations all information contained within this course description are subject to change up to 1 September 2020.
Due to the uncertainty of the Covid 19 virus after 1 September 2020, changes to the course description can only be made in the event of strict necessity and only in the circumstances where the interests of the students are not impinged. Should there be a need for any change during the duration of the course, this will be informed to all students on a timely basis and will not be to the prejudice of students. Modifications after 1 September 2020 may only be done with the approval and consent of the Faculty Board.