[FULL] International Trade, the WTO and EU perspective

17.12.2020

The course offers a general introduction to the World International Trade Law (WTO Law) and EU-law, thus, exploring the structure, principles and main WTO Agreements shaping international trade framework.

Reviewing the GATT, GATS, TRIPS Agreements and the Doha Declaration will enable students to recognize key issues in the institutional framework for liberalization of trade, and the relation between the EU and the WTO. The study of the relationship between WTO and EU will consist of the analysis of the status of the EU in the WTO, and the legal effect of WTO law in the EU.


Date: 9th of August to 20th August 2021 (see detailed schedule below).

Place: Online

Credits: 5 ECTS

Price: 75€

Application: by 12.4.2021. This course will not take any more students.


Short description

The course offers a general introduction to the World International Trade Law (WTO Law) and EU-law. Exploring the structure, principles and main WTO Agreements shaping international trade within the WTO will provide the students with a birds-eye view to international trade framework in general. The study of the relationship between WTO and EU will consist of the analysis of the status of the EU in the WTO, and the legal effect of WTO law in the EU.


Outcomes

The student will be able to

  • analyze current issues for the liberalization of trade, EU, and the WTO;
  • critically understand the multilateral trading system;
  • You have a broad knowledge about international trade and the interplay across the different actors taking part in international trade;

Contents

International trade system:

  • What is international trade?
  • WTO structure
  • WTO System
  • WTO- EU interphase

Target audience

Undergraduate students and master students with basic knowledge of EU law, Public International Law and commercial law in general


Methods

Lectures, group work, and take-home exam.


Course schedule

Monday 9.8. (4h) from 10:15 -11:45 EET and then 12:30-14:00 EET; Tuesday to Friday 10.-13.08. -1h30mins each day from 10:15-11 EET and 11:15-12 EET.

Monday 16.8. (4h) from 10:15 -11:45 EET and then 12:30-14:00 EET; and Tuesday to Friday 17.-20.08. 1h30mins each day from 10:15-11 EET and 11:15-12 EET.


Student work load

Pre-task 20-24 h, lectures and mentoring 24 h, project work in groups, and take-home exam (essay type) 85 h = 139 h


Assessment

Pre-task à reading task

Classroom work and Take-Home exam pass/fail


Assessment criteria

  • Pre-task: Depth of discussion.
  • Classroom Group work
  • Active participation in lectures and group work
  • Take-Home exam: contact hours.

Learning materials

Literature:

  • Craig, P. & de Búrga, G. (2020). EU Law: Text, Cases, and Materials. 5th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Cottier, T. & Oesch, M. (2005). International Trade Regulation – Law and Policy in the WTO, the European Union and Switzerland: Cases Materials and Comments. London/Berne: Cameron May/Staempfli Publishers.
  • Matsushita, M., Mavroidis, P. C. and Schönbaum, T. J. (2006). The World Trade Organization. 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Van Den Bossche, P., and Zdouc, W., The Law and Policy of the World Trade Organization: Text, Cases and Materials (3er ed. Cambridge University Press, 2013)
  • Lecture material, webpages etc.