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KAFP 3680 - International Economic Law and Regulation

Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


None but some background in international law is helpful.

Course Description

This course will provide students an overview of the legal aspects of the liberalization and regulation of international economic transactions. It will start with an introduction on the main sources and actors of international economic law as well as the political and economic aspects underpinning this field. The course will then be dedicated to the study of trade disciplines (in the context of the WTO and of preferential trade agreements) and legal aspects of foreign investment. Emphasis will be placed on common principles (non-discrimination, transparency, etc.) and common issues (protection of health, environment, etc.). A special attention will also be devoted to adjudication mechanisms such as the WTO dispute settlement mechanism and investor/State arbitration.


BISMUTH, Régis (Professeur des Universités à Sciences Po)

Pedagogical format

The course will mix lecture, discussion and debate.

Course validation

- Two reflection papers. - One final exam. Class participation can raise a student's grade up to one notch.


Required readings will be listed on a detailed course syllabus that will be made available to students a week before the first class. Required readings are not necessarily related to the topics of refection papers. The preparation of refection papers thus requires for students to carry out additional research.

Required reading

  • Herdegen (M.), Principles of International Economic Law, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2nd ed., 2016
  • Ziegler (A. R.), International Economic Law, London, Sweet & Maxwell, 3rd ed., 2011
  • Lowenfeld (A. F.), International Economic Law, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2nd ed., 2008
  • Lachenmann (F.) & Wolfrum (R.) (eds), International Economic Law – The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2015