- Code LAWS8229
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Law School
- ANU College ANU College of Law
- Course subject Laws
- Areas of interest Law, International Business
- Academic career PGRD
- Brett Williams
- Mode of delivery In Person
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.
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.
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:
- Essay (2500 words, 35%)
- Take-home exam (2.5 hours, 65%)
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26 Contact Hours (Intensive Delivery over 4 days) plus private study and reading time.
2015 Intensive course dates: 17-18, 20-21 April
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsThe Course Study Guide will contain references and, in most cases, links to supplementary materials.
Preliminary ReadingReadings 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.
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.
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- 6 units
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Offerings and Dates
|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|