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KINT 3475 - International Trade Law and the WTO

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the international rules that govern international trade and investment. The course undertakes an in-depth analysis of the rules regime of the WTO. This includes an examination of the policy objectives behind the rules, the compromises resulting from the complex negotiating process, and the operation of the rules. This latter will be undertaken through a study of specific dispute settlement cases. The course will conclude with a discussion of so-called "trade-and" issues for which rules have yet to be negotiated, to wit, trade and labor/environment/competition policy.


PATTERSON, Eliza R. (Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs - Columbia University)

Course validation

A midterm in-class examination, which accounts for 45% of the total grade. A final in-class examination, which accounts for 55% of the total grade.


Students are required to read the relevant material on each topic as found on the WTO website; click “trade topics”- located relevant topic. Xeroxed exerpts from Legal Problems of International Economic Relations, 5th ed., John Jackson, William Davey, Alan Sykes, West Group 2002, ISBN 978-0-314-16026-3 may be distributed in class over the course of the semester.

Required reading

  • World Trade Law, Text Materials and Commentary, Simon Lester and Bryan Mercurio, HART Publishing, 2008
  • E. Canal-Forgues, Le Règlement des différends à l'OMC, Bruylant, 3e édition, Bruxelles, 2008 (p. 209)

Additional required reading

  • J. Chaisse, T. Balmelli (Eds): Essays on the Future of the WTO. Policies and Legal Issues (Volume 1) and The WTO Judicial System: Contributions and Challenges (Volume 2), EDIS
  • T. Cottier, M. Oesch: International Trade Regulation, Cameron May, 2006 (p.1072)
  • D. Palmeter, P. Mavroidis : Dispute Settlement in the World Trade Organization – Practice and Procedure, 2nd edition, Cambridge University Press 2004 (p.348)
  • E.U. Petersmann, M. Pollack : Transatlantic Economic Disputes – The EU, the US and the WTO, International Economic Law Series, Oxford University Press, Oxford 2003 ( p. 632)
  • P. Van Den Bossche : The Law and Policy of the World Trade Organization: Text, Cases And Materials, Cambridge University Press 2008 ( p.970)