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Contemporary International Trade

Introduction to the World International Trade Law

The course offers a general introduction to the World International Trade Law (WTO Law) and EU trade perspectives.

The course offers an introduction to international trade, thus, exploring the structure, principles, main WTO Agreements shaping international trade within the WTO and the challenges that emerged during the COVID Pandemic.

Analyzing non-discrimination principles embodying GATT, GATS, the TRIPS Agreements will enable students to understand the functioning and challenged of international trade in times of crisis.

The WTO has provided the framework for liberalization of trade, in this course you will learn: 1, about the interaction between the EU and WTO; and 2. the forced or challenge evolution of international trade during the pandemic.

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.


 

Contemporary International Trade:
a WTO and EU basic perspectives in the “post-COVID Era.”

by Dhanay Cadillo Chandler, PhD

Date

8–19 August 2022

Monday to Friday from 13:15–15:45 each day for a total of 20h contact.

Place and host institution

Turku, University of Turku

Credits

5 ECTS


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
  • Challenges emerging during the COVID pandemic

Target audience

Undergraduate students with at least two years completed of Bachelor’s studies in any field.

Methods

Lectures, group work, and take-home exam.

Student work load

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

Assessment

Pre-task: 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. (2011). EU Law: Text, Cases, and Materials. 5th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Sørensen, K. E. (ed.) (2006). WTO Law from an EU Perspective. Copenhagen.
  • 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/StaempfliPublishers.
  • 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)

Additional reading materials to be available through Moodle.

  • Lecture material, webpages etc.

Selection

  • minimum 2 years of completed Bachelor’s studies in any field of study.
  • a motivation letter written in English explaining why the student is interested in the course, what s/he expects to get out of it and how s/he plans to use what s/he has learnt in her/his future life.

Number of students: max. 25