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KDEC 9685 - International Economic Law

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

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 context and aspects of the liberalization and regulation of international economic transactions. It is not only designed as a general introduction to the field of international economic law, but also as a foundation for further exploration through other subjects in the curriculum (for instance investment law and arbitration), as well as a way to explore cross-cutting issues of global governance. 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. A special emphasis will be placed on common principles (non-discrimination, transparency, etc.) and common issues, more particularly the protection of non-economic objectives (protection of public health and of the environment, human rights, etc.). A special attention will also be devoted to adjudication mechanisms such as the WTO dispute settlement mechanism and investor/State dispute settlement.


BISMUTH, Régis (Professeur des Universités à Sciences Po)

Course validation

Two 2-page reflection papers plus one final essay (4000 words) Class participation can raise a student's grade up to one notch.

Required reading

  • Reading assignments will be listed on a detailed course syllabus and will be sent electronically. The course syllabus will be made available to students a week before the first class.
  • General bibliography
  • Cottier (T.) et al., Elgar Encyclopedia of International Economic Law, Edward Elgar, 2017
  • Herdegen (M.), Principles of International Economic Law, Oxford University Press, 2nd ed., 2016
  • Lachenmann (F.) & Wolfrum (R.) (eds), International Economic Law – The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, Oxford University Press, 2015