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Postgraduate Course: WTO Law (LAWS11267)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits40
Home subject areaLaw Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course comprises twenty two-hour seminars covering the institutional features of the World Trade Organization, as well as substantive rules relating to the conduct of international trade. Students will be introduced to both the theoretical underpinnings of the WTO and the fundamental concepts of WTO law. Student will familiarise themselves with the relevant international treaties and related decisions of dispute settlement organs, as well as the secondary literature. Seminars will cover inter alia the following topics:

- Economic theory of international trade
- The WTO as an institution
- WTO dispute settlement system and sources of WTO law
- Non-discrimination in WTO law
- Trade in goods
- Trade in services
- Trade related aspects of intellectual property rights
- Exceptions to trade rules
- Relationship between WTO law and other areas of international law
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Full Year, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  No Quota:  50
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 40, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 352 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
The aim of the course is to provide students with a theoretical and practical understanding of the regulatory framework of the world trading system. Students should therefore be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of the primary instruments and how they have been interpreted by dispute settlement organs. The course will also assess some of the legal and policy challenges facing the WTO. Thus, students will be expected to develop an awareness of possible future developments in WTO law. Overall, students should be equipped with the ability to analyse and present coherent and persuasive arguments in the areas studied.
Assessment Information
Two essays (20% and 60%) and an oral presentation (20%)
Special Arrangements
None
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus 1. Introduction to the course

2. Economic Globalisation Theoretical Underpinnings and Key Policy Issues

3. The World Trade Organisation Origins, Mandate, Institutional Structure, and Decision-making

4. The WTO Dispute Settlement System (1) Principles and Process

5. The WTO Dispute Settlement System (2) Implementation and Enforcement

6. Principles of Non-Discrimination (1) MFN

7. Principles of Non-Discrimination (2) NT

8. Trade in Goods (1) GATT Rules on Market Access

9. Trade in Goods (2) Rules on Dumping and Subsidisation

10. Trade in Goods (3) Rules on Product Standards

11. Trade in Services GATS

12. TRIPS

13. General Exceptions

14. Trade and Environment/Human Rights

15. Regional Integration Exceptions

16. Trade and Development S&D

17. Trade and Investment

18. Coherence in Global Economic Policy-Making WTO and Bretton Woods Institutions

19. Public Participation in Global Economic Governance

20. WTO Law and Other Areas of International Law
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsInternational Trade, International Law, International Economic Law, World Trade Organization, WTO La
Contacts
Course organiserDr Gracia Marin-Duran
Tel: (0131 6)50 2008
Email: gracia.marin-duran@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMr Douglas Thompson
Tel: (0131 6)50 2022
Email: D.Thompson@ed.ac.uk
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