Fall 2012 Course Schedule

Regional Free Trade Agreements (LAW-950-001)


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Students with no prior experience in international trade law are welcome to enroll in this course, but are strongly advised to contact Professor Vito at avito@wcl.american.edu for additional readings (not listed in the syllabus) required for first class. Students who have prior experience studying international trade law only need to complete the readings listed in the syllabus.


This course teaches students: The theory, negotiation and operation of various bilateral and regional trade agreements (RTAs) and customs unions, including ASEAN; European Union; NAFTA, CAFTA, MERCOSUR; and SACU. The role and impact of regional trade agreements on industries and communities across the globe; the legal and political mechanisms involved in implementing RTAs. Analysis of market access for goods and services, dispute settlement, investment, labor, the environment and other emerging issues addressed in regional trade agreements. Provides practical trade agreements negotiations skills to law students Provide students with full understanding of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreements, their scope and applications and related jurisprudence. Help students understand the WTO Rounds of Negotiations, teaching about previous rounds and key issues discussed, including the Uruguay Round and the current Doha Round.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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Textbook required: Preferential Trade Agreement Policies for Development: A Handbook, by authors: Jean Christophe Maur and Jean-Pierre Chauffour, World Bank Institute. Individual chapters are available for FREE download through the World Bank's website at: http://go.worldbank.org/LVCIKU59J0 The book can be purchased at http://wbi.worldbank.org/wbi/news/2011/07/11/preferential-trade-agreement-policies-development In addition to this textbook, this course will use several articles that can be downloaded for free through MyWCL.

First Class Readings

Please see syllabus below.


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