• Offered by School of Regulation and Global Governance
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Research
  • Course subject RegNet
  • Areas of interest Law, Policy Studies, International Affairs, Political Economy
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
Governing Trade and Intellectual Property (REGN8006)

This course will introduce students to international trade and investment law and the intellectual property (IP) system, while critically exploring the role of power and politics in shaping its development. Particular attention will be paid to the impact trade, investment, and IP agreements have had on regulation and governance at both the domestic and global levels; and what impact international regulatory and governance frameworks have had on these agreements. Students will explore contemporary issues in trade, investment, and IP policy and the role of civil society resistance. This course will also have students explore the opportunities and challenges of creating good governance and intersectoral and interdisciplinary engagement in trade, investment, and IP, and how to move towards policy coherence with public regulatory policy goals. Students will receive the opportunity to engage with concepts and applied debates through in class activities, and examine and synthesise relevant issues through class presentations and a final essay.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge, historical approaches, and contemporary debates in the area of international trade, investment, and intellectual property
  2. Discuss and debate global governance and regulatory challenges originating from the international trade, investment, and IP system
  3. Apply communication and technical research skills to illustrate and examine complex problems in trade, investment, IP and global governance to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  4. Investigate, analyse, and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts, and theories in the area of trade, investment, IP and global governance

Indicative Assessment

  1. In-class participation and electronic submission of two questions for each session a day prior to class (10%)
  2. Leading one in-class discussion based on selected readings on topics in trade, investment and IP (10%)
  3. Commentary on a regulatory challenge from the trade, investment and IP system - 1000 words (20%)
  4. Research and writing plan and outline for major essay - 1000 words (20%)
  5. Major essay on the use of regulatory and governance scholarship to analyse trade, investment, and IP systems - 3000 words (40%)

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This course will require 30 contact hours and 130 hours workload in total.


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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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