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KDEC 9195 - WTO Law

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

For almost fifty years, the GATT (General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade) was the main pillar of international trade regulation. Following an intense round of trade negotiations (i.e., the "Uruguay round"), the WTO was established in 1995. The WTO is perhaps the most important international organization, not to say the most powerful international organization in today's international system. For instance, the WTO dispute settlement system is often referred to as the “jewel” of the system. This course will focus on the basic principles and underlying logic of the multilateral trading system. All the fundamentals principles of the WTO system (non-discrimination, most-favored nation treatment, national treatment, etc.) will be analyzed through an exploration of the legal texts governing the WTO as well as of the case-law. The WTO covers a broad range of sectors: trade in goods, trade in services and intellectual property. The course will highlight the basic rules and principles applicable to trade in goods, trade in services (through an analysis of the GATS) and intellectual property rights (through an analysis of the TRIPS). The course will also explore the institutional aspects of the WTO and concentrate on its rather unique dispute settlement mechanism. Because of its prominent position in the international system, the WTO is more and more called to deal with non-trade values such as the protection of the environment, the protection of human rights and the protection of public health. The course will examine the relationship between WTO law and other international legal régimes (e.g., international environmental law, international health law, etc.) and will discuss ways to improve mutual supportiveness between trade and non-trade values.


  • ALLBEURY, Kerry (Juriste principal, Division des affaires juridiques)
  • HAMANN, Andrea (Professeure de droit public)

Course validation

Final essay (4000 words) + participation in class also taking into account preparation of the weekly course material.


Maximum 2 hours a week.