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Professional Studies in International Economic Law Ⅰ 

[Lecture Course Basic Information]

Lecturer: Tomoko Ishikawa
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Course Type: Lecture
Semester: Spring
Year: M1&M2
Course Periods: Tuesday, 3rd period
Credits: 2
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Classroom: -

 

Outline of Lecture Course

This course provides an examination of international law concerning economic globalization, in particular the law on the World Trade Organization (WTO) and related trade and investment agreements as the main aspects of global economic order.  It first provides a brief introduction to the history and evolution of the legal framework for trade liberalization and investment protection.  It then proceeds to examine WTO law, focusing primarily on the WTO Agreement on Goods (GATT) and on the WTO Dispute Settlement Understanding (DSU), while a brief overview of topics such as the General 

Agreement on Services (GATS) and financial services in the GATS as well as intellectual property under the WTO will also be provided. 

The purpose of this course is for students to obtain both the knowledge of international trade law – including a critical mass of case-law – and the skills which will enable them to analyze to what extent regulatory measures that have impact on international trade are consistent with these laws.  It also provides the basis for the analysis of issues of controversy such as the role of these fields of law in the global legal order.

 

Course Objectives By taking this course, students will be able to obtain a good understanding of the most important aspects of international trade law, as well as the skills of critically assessing and analyzing the impacts and the prospects of economic globalization.
Textbooks Peter Van den Bossche and Werner Zdouc, The Law and Policy of the World Trade Organization (3rd edn., CUP, 2013)
Course Materials/Supplementaries Mitsuo Matsushita, Thomas J. Schoembaum and Petros C. Mavroidis and Michael Hahn, The World Trade Organization: Law, Practice, and Policy (3rd edn. OUP, 2017)
Assessment

Contribution to class including presentation: 40%, Final exam/report: 60%.

Credit is given to C- or C (where applicable) or higher grade for each criterion.

Prerequisites There is no precondition to take this course.

Instructions for Out-of-Class Study Students are expected to prepare for and make presentations on given topics concerning international trade law in each session.
Responding to Student Questions On appointment.
Other Notes

 

Lecture Theme Lecture Course Description Learning outside the class Related page

 

Introduction to international economic law

 

Structure of the WTO (1): membership, institutional structure

 

Structure of the WTO (2): developing member states and decision-making

 

Dispute Settlement under the WTO (1): jurisdiction of the WTO dispute settlement system, key features of WTO dispute settlement

 

Dispute Settlement under the WTO (2): institutions and process of WTO dispute settlement, remedies for breach

 

Rules on Trade in Goods (1): market access - scheduling concessions in the GATT

 

Rules on Trade in Goods (2): The principle of non-discrimination (the most-favoured-nation (MFN) treatment and national treatment (NT))

 

Rules on Trade in Goods (3): General Exceptions and Security Exceptions

 

Rules on Trade in Goods (4): Other rules – SPS, TBT, anti-dumping

10

 

Rules on Trade in Services (1) Scheduling Concessions

11

 

Rules on Trade in Services (2): General and Security Exceptions

12

 

TRIPS

13

 

Future prospects of international trade law 1 – security threats and economic globalisation

14

 

Future prospects of international trade law 2 – the crisis of WTO

15

 

Future prospects of international trade law 3 –Summary and evaluation

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