• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Advanced
    Specialist
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law, International Business
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Brett Williams
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2015
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This course is a comprehensive introduction to the law of the World Trade Organization (‘WTO’) and to the context of economics and politics within which the law operates. 

It provides either a stand-alone introduction to WTO law or a solid basis for further study.  (eg, LAWS8073 Trade Remedies Law: WTO & Domestic Implementation).

The course considers the functions of the WTO through the consideration of some basic economics or trade, or public choice and game theory.  It  reviews the history of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) regulating trade in goods, and the creation of the Agreement Establishing the WTO ending with a review of the institutions of the WTO and of the framework of rules applying under the GATT. 

It also includes a detailed study of the WTO dispute settlement system under the WTO Understanding on Dispute Settlement, its concepts, procedures and enforcement. 

The course will examine the framework of rules under the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) and the relationship between regulation of trade in goods and regulation of trade in services; and the rules of the Agreement on Trade-Related aspects of Intellectual Property (TRIPS), emphasizing patents, copyright and trademarks.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

At the conclusion of this course students should have developed:

  • A reasonable level of proficiency in researching WTO law;
  • A solid knowledge of the Agreement Establishing the WTO, and the 3 main treaties binding WTO Members:
    • the General agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT);
    • the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS); and
    • the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property (TRIPS).
  • An ability to advise how certain parts of WTO law, including the fundamental rules of the GATT, GATS and TRIPS, apply to fact situations;
  • An understanding of the nature of the WTO system for negotiations, of the WTO legal system and of the WTO dispute settlement system, its concepts, procedures and enforcement mechanisms; and
  • An appreciation of how the law operates in a context of economics, politics and history.
  • A level of knowledge and understanding of the WTO system sufficient to enable you to undertake more advanced or more specialized study.

Indicative Assessment

Students must rely on the Course Study Guide which will contain a description of the assessment scheme for Autumn 2015.  The assessment scheme will be similar to the assessment scheme used in Autumn 2014.  The details of the scheme used in 2014 are set out below.

Assessment is likely to consist of:

  1. Essay (2500 words, 35%)
  2. Take-home exam (2.5 hours, 65%)

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Workload

26 Contact Hours (Intensive Delivery over 4 days) plus private study and reading time.

2015 Intensive course dates: 17-18, 20-21 April

Click here for current LLM Masters Program timetable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed LAWS8182 Principles of International Law and be studying a: Master of Laws (7300XLLM, MLLM), Master of Laws specilising in International Law (7300SINTL), Master of Laws specilising in Law, Governance and Development (7300SLGD), Master of Laws specialising in Environmental Law (7300SENVL), Master of Laws specialising in Government and Commercial Law (7300SGCL), Master of Laws specialising in International Security Law (7300SISL), Master of Laws in Migration (NLLML), Master of Laws in International Law (NLLIL), Master of Laws in Environmental Law (NLLEN), Master of Laws in Law, Governance & Development (NLLGD), Master of Laws in International Security Law (NLLSL), Master of Laws in Government and Regulation (NLLGR), Master of Laws (Legal Practice) (7312XLLMLP), Master of Diplomacy/Master of Laws (7883SINTL, 7883XLLM), Master of Diplomacy/Master of International Law (7893XMINTL), Master of International Law (7310XMINTL), Master of Environmental Law (7309XMENVL), Master of Law, Governance & Development (7317XMLGD), Master of International Security Law (7318XMISL), Master of Government and Commercial Law (7313XMGCL), Master of Legal Practice (MLEGP), Master of Legal Studies (7305XMLEGS). OR Must be studying a Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD) and completed or be completing five LAWS1000 level or 6100 level courses, and LAWS2250 International Law or LAWS6250 International Law OR Must be studying a Graduate Certificate of Law (CLAW) and have completed or be completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions and LAWS8182 Principles of International Law

Prescribed Texts

The Course Study Guide will contain references and, in most cases, links to supplementary materials.

Preliminary Reading

Readings and materials will be listed in the Course Study Guide which will be available on the Wattle course site approximately 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.

Assumed Knowledge

It is not required that students have a background in economics, although some knowledge of economics will be helpful.  The economic content of this course is pitched at those having no prior knowledge and it is not examinable.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
3
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2958
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1312 17 Apr 2015 17 Apr 2015 01 May 2015 02 Jun 2015 In Person N/A

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