Summer 2021 Course Schedule

WTO & US Trade Law & Policy (LAW-817-001)
Padideh Ala'I, Renata Amaral

Meets: 08:45 AM - 12:00 PM ( MTuWThF)

Enrolled: 7 / Limit: 22

Administrator Access


All summer 2021 classes will be taught online. Classes may have a combination of live sessions and asynchronous materials/assignments. The block of time listed here will be the maximum amount of live session meeting time expected of you and may decrease.


This online course focuses on the law of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and various aspects of United States trade law and policy. Through a combination of pre-recorded and live sessions, the course aims to educate both those new to the field of international trade law, including law students with no background in economics, business or trade and experienced legal practitioners. Participants will engage with eminent experts regarding novel challenges faced by global trade such as COVID-19. The course is of interest to lawyers who work in related areas of the law affected by trade, such as public health, investments, labor and worker rights, food safety, and the environment, as well as for non-lawyers working in the trade policy area. In addition, the course will provide an opportunity for non-U.S. lawyers and trade policy practitioners to get a better understanding of US trade law and policy through interactions with experts who are intimately aware of its history and current developments. This course is offered for credit AND as a certificate course. AUWCL students and other participants who are taking this course for credit should refer to the class syllabus for more detailed information about grading, exams and attendance policies. The course is co-directed and co-taught by Professor Padideh Ala’i and Dr. Renata Amaral with many distinguished guest speakers and panelists. Professor Padideh Ala’i is Professor of Law and Director of International and Comparative Legal Studies (ICLS) at American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL), and Director of AUWCL’s Program on Trade, Investment and Development (TID). Dr. Renata Amaral is an experienced Brazilian trade lawyer who has represented Brazil at the WTO, Founder of Women Inside Trade, and a Visiting Scholar at AUWCL. The course includes a number of pre-recorded Nuts and Bolts sessions that are available to participants to view on their own. This material will remain available to participants through the end of August 2020. The live sessions are from 8:45 a.m.-1 p.m. U.S. Eastern Standard Time (EST), from Monday July 21 through Friday July 2. With a few exceptions, most of the live sessions will concentrate on cutting-edge issues and concerns, and will not address the details of the WTO legal texts or U.S. statutes that are instead discussed in the Nuts and Bolts videos and available as reading materials. Each live session will be recorded and available “on-demand” for all participants after the session has ended. This course is hosted on the online learning platform Canvas®, accessible at (Links to an external site.) All participants will receive the login credentials for this platform. On this online learning platform, participants will have access to all Zoom links for the live sessions, the pre-recorded material (the Nuts and Bolts videos,) additional reading materials, panelists’ bios, and recordings of the live sessions. For any assistance or questions, please feel free to contact

Textbooks and Other Materials

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First Class Readings

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