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 OutcomesBy the conclusion of this course, it is intended that students who have successfully completed all of the course requirements will be able to:
- Demonstrate a reasonable level of proficiency in researching WTO law;
- Demonstrate 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);
- Demonstrate an ability to advise as a legal practitioner on how certain parts of WTO law, including the fundamental rules of the GATT, GATS and TRIPS, apply to fact situations;
- Demonstrate an advanced 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;
- Critically appreciate how the law operates in a context of economics, politics and history including a capacity to apply established theories to the analysis of the law; and
- Demonstrate a level of knowledge and understanding of the WTO system sufficient to undertake more advanced or more specialized study independently in areas of trade law not specifically covered in the course.
Other InformationThis is an intensive course with a 4 day compulsory intensive (see LLM timetable for dates).
Approximately 6 weeks from the completion of the intensive your final
assessment will be due. Contact with fellow students and the convenor, both
prior to the intensive and after, is conducted via the Wattle course site.
Assessment is likely to consist of:
- Essay (35%, 2500 words)
- Take-home exam (2.5 hours, 65%).
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Workload26 hours of face to face teaching (4 day intensive). The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours.
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Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsThere is no prescribed textbook.
Preliminary ReadingPlease check WATTLE for PPT slides and for other material on each topic
Indicative Reading ListStudents must rely on the approved Course Study Guide which will be posted to the Wattle course site approximately 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.
An e-brick will be available on the Wattle course site.
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:
- 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.
Offerings and Dates
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery|
|6718||17 Jun 2019||28 Jun 2019||28 Jun 2019||01 Aug 2019||In Person|