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The course explores a broad set of topical issues in international trade law that go beyond traditional disciplines in merchandise trade. The goal of the course is to give students interested in internal trade and investment law a comprehensive introduction to the main points in the current agenda in multilateral and bilateral trade negotiations. The course offers a review of current topics on international trade governance beyond rules governing the liberalization of trade in goods; in particular, it covers issues like:
• developments in regional and bilateral agreements;
• regulation of trade in services;• trends in investment disciplines; • e-commerce; • role of State-owned enterprises in trade and investment relations;
• trade disciplines on domestic regulation;
• trade in US politics.
Each of these discussions will be based on the latest developments in trade negotiations, including the WO and latest agreements concluded by the US, EU, and China, as well as trade and investment disputes.
The course can be of particular interest to students wishing to expand on their knowledge gained in International Trade Law I and other related courses on international economic law, such as on Investment Law and Arbitration.
Pre-requisites and recommendations
There are no courses required as pre-requisite for this course. Having taken International Trade Law I is recommended.
The final grade in this course will be based as follows:
• 50% on a 15-page final paper (legal opinion or policy note)
• 30% on class participation.
• 20% on a 15-min individual presentation of designated topics for debate.
In order to focus on the substantial discussion of the topics and spur discussion in class, students are encouraged to read the background reading material before each class. Suggested readings are expected to amount to 75 to 100 pages per week.
An indicated list of backgrounds reading is offered below ( in the class syllabus). Because of the constantly evolving nature of this area of international law, however, this list may be amended prior to the beginning of the semester with recent news, commentaries, and scholarly articles.
Textbooks and Other Materials
First Class Readings
Please see syllabus for list of first class readings.
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