International Trade Law II (CANCELLED) (LAW-969-001)
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International trade law is increasingly shaped by bilateral and plurilateral preferential trade agreements (PTAs). As a result of the challenges to advance global trade rules under the WTO and of the new global economy growing more reliant on knowledge and information technology, PTAs are becoming the central tool for the regulation of international trade. This course explores how PTAs expand the scope of international trade law to the economy of the XXI century. The course seeks to give students interested in international trade law a comprehensive introduction to the disciplines and policies central to today’s trade negotiations. At the end of the semester students will be familiar with the key substantial matters behind current trade negotiations, and their implications for policy-makers and private. The topics covered by the course include: ? different structure and models of PTAs, and their implications ? disciplines on trade in services; ? international and domestic rules on e-commerce; ? international trade and labor and environment ? the role of State-owned enterprises in trade and investment relations; ? currency manipulation; ? trade agreements in the US legal system. These discussions will be based on the latest developments in trade negotiations, including under the auspices of the WTO and PTAs concluded by the US, EU, Japan, and China, as well as trade and investment disputes. The course can be of particular interest to students wishing to expand their knowledge from International Trade Law I and other related courses on international economic law, such as Investment Law and Arbitration.
Textbooks and Other Materials
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In order to focus on the substantial discussion of the topics and spur discussion in class, students are assigned background reading material to be completed before each class. Assigned readings are typically 50 to 75 pages per week. Because of the constantly evolving nature of this area of international law, the reading assignments may be amended prior to the next class session with recent news, commentaries, and scholarly articles. Readings for each class are listed in the Course Schedule below.
First Class Readings
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