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International Trade Law


Course is taught in the 2nd semester.

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 market access, non-discrimination 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.

Course Topics:

  • 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

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Should there be any future changes of the Covid 19 virus which may impinge our teaching and assessment, these could necessitate modification of the course descriptions after 1 September. This will only happen in the event of strict necessity and the interests of the students will be taken into account. Should there be a need for any change during the course, this will be informed to all students on a timely basis. Modifications after 1 September 2022 may only be done with the approval and consent of the Faculty Board and Programme Director.