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Postgraduate Course: WTO Law 2 (LAWS11403)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe aim of this course is to allow students with a particular interest in global economic governance to explore a greater diversity of topics than is possible in one term only. It will focus on more specialised - but highly significant - issues of WTO law such as subsidies, trade remedies and anti-dumping. It will also cover the WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) and the principle of special and differential treatment of developing countries. In addition, however, there is a much greater emphasis in this course (as compared to WTO Law 1) on addressing cross-cutting and contemporary issues of contemporary trade governance. These will vary from year to year, but may include: international economic law ¿after the crisis¿; the 'new regionalism'; the relationship between trade, investment and finance; the emergence of new ¿developmentalism¿ and its prospects; and the aesthetics of expertise in international economic governance.
Course description * Rules on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures
* Rules on Dumping and Anti-Dumping Measures
* Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights ¿ TRIPS
* WTO and RTAs ¿ Regional Integration Exceptions
* Trade and Development ¿ Special & Differential Treatment
* Coherence in Global Economic Governance ¿ WTO and the Bretton Woods Institutions
* Trade and Investment
* Trade and Finance
* The Right to Regulate
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites Students MUST also take: WTO Law 1 (LAWS11402)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  36
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Formative Assessment (do not contribute to overall mark):
* One essay (1500 words)

Summative Assessment:
* Presentation(s) - 30% of overall mark
* One essay (4000 words) - 70% of overall mark
Feedback Students will have the opportunity to obtain formative feedback over the course of the semester. The feedback provided will assist students in their preparation for the summative assessment.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
The ability to critically analyse key WTO rules and related case law and to evaluate their practical implications and possible avenues for legal development. Understanding the underlying political and economic rationality for current developments in the world trading system.
Reading List
* P van den Bossche, The Law and Policy of the World Trade Organization (Cambridge University Press, 4th ed. 2017)
* Matsushita/Schoenbaum/Mavroidis/Hahn, The World Trade Organization: Law, Policy, and Practice (Oxford University Press, 3rd ed. 2017)
* Guzman/Pauwelyn, International Trade Law (Wolters Kluwer, 3rd ed. 2016)
* Trebilcock/Howse/Eliason, The Regulation of International Trade (4th ed. 2012).

* Journal of International Economic Law
* Journal of World Trade Law
* Global Trade and Customs Journal
* Journal of World Investment and Trade
* Legal Issues of Economic Integration
* World Trade Review
* American Journal of International Law
* British Yearbook of International Law
* European Journal of International Law
* Journal of International Dispute Settlement
* International and Comparative Law Quarterly
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills * Students will be able understand and engage with contemporary legal and policy debates in WTO Law, to reflect alternative approaches and analyse controversial viewpoints, to conduct independent research and to evaluate material from relevant primary and secondary sources, and to articulate, sustain and defend a line of argument, in both written and oral form.
* Students will be able to articulate, sustain and defend a line of argument, in both written and oral form. The course will also advance critical research and communication skill.
* Communication of complex legal issues to a range of audiences in oral and written form.
* Plan and execute research projects utilising practice-relevant material.
* Critical legal analysis; conceptualize legal problems and their political and societal implications; navigate the WTO website, including the dispute settlement database.
KeywordsWTO Law,World Trade Organisation,TRIPS,Contemporary Trade Governance,International Economic Law
Course organiserProf Andrew Lang
Tel: (0131) 650 2921
Course secretaryMr Kevin Duckworth
Tel: (0131 6)50 2002
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