Curriculum Guide · Courses
International Trade Law
J.D. Course 244 (cross-listed) | 3 credit hours
Economic interdependence between countries and across production chains continues to grow. In this context, stable rules on international trade and investment are key. This course focuses on the rules established under the World Trade Organization (WTO) as well as selected regional trade agreements. What are the benefits and risks of trade liberalization? How can trade liberalization go hand in hand with other public policy goals such as protecting the environment and human rights or promoting the economic development of poor countries? The course will offer an in-depth, practical knowledge of substantive WTO law drawing heavily on case law. It will address the basic principles of trade in goods and trade in services as well as more specialized WTO agreements on, for example, health measures, subsidies and intellectual property rights. From a more procedural side, the course will pay close attention to the unique WTO mechanism for the settlement of trade disputes, with special reference to recent trade tensions with emerging countries like Brazil, China and India.
There are no prerequisites for this course. Priority for enrollment is given to students enrolled in the Global Law Scholars program.
Students may not receive credit for both this course and International Trade and the WTO or International Trade Law; or the graduate course, International Trade Law and Regulation.
This course will be taught by Visiting Professor Pauwelyn, who is based in Geneva. In Fall 2015, he will be in Washington to teach on-site in the weeks of September 1-17 and October 13-30. There will be 3 class sessions taught via video conference: Thursday, October 1 (10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.), Thursday, November 5 (10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.), and Thursday, November 12 (10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.).