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US Trade Regime (LAW-809-001)
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Provides thorough exposure to the US trade regime. Course coverage includes the legal (including constitutional) framework underlying US participation in trade initiatives; the practical realities of power-sharing in the trade field between the political branches of the US government; the relationship between international obligations and US law in the trade field; the limited but important role of the US judiciary in adjudicating trade matters; the basic US statutory and regulatory frameworks for regulation of imports and exports, as well as export promotion; the process by which discretionary determinations occur day-to-day in the many areas of trade regulation that are not tightly governed by law; and various federal-state issues in the trade field arising from the federal structure of the United States. While substantive WTO law is not included, the course does focus significant attention on US implementation of WTO norms and commitments as well as US participation, both offensively and defensively, in WTO dispute settlement proceedings. The course also covers several domestic US laws and policies that are directly related to trade and concludes with a unit on practical aspects of advocacy work in the international trade field in Washington, DC
Textbooks and Other Materials
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Reading materials will be made available electronically.
First Class Readings
JDS - pp. 56-105
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