Postgraduate Module Descriptor


LAWM073: World Trade Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2013/4 academic year.

Module Aims

The aim of the module is to introduce you to the basic principles and rules of the WTO as well as its institutional framework as a multilateral trade organisation. The module will focus on key elements of these basic principles and rules by examining their application and interpretation in cases under the WTO’s dispute settlement body. It will enable you to speculate on the role of the WTO between WTO Members and other actors in international trade and the potential and actual impacts that the implementation of WTO rules pose for governments in pursuing their own trade policies and to consider the extent to which the removal of tariff and non-tariff trade barriers can effectively stimulate socio-economic development.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here - you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Demonstrate ability to critically analyse the substance and application of the basic principles of international trade as interpreted by the dispute settlement body of the WTO;
2. Demonstrate detailed knowledge of institutional and procedural rules of the WTO, particularly on the dispute settlement proceedings;
3. Demonstrate critical awareness of the relationships between the WTO and the regulation of international business activity;
4. Critically evaluate some of the current challenges that governments face in implementing the WTO agreements in national jurisdictions and review the future development of the WTO rules;
Discipline-Specific Skills5. Demonstrate flexible ability to identify and analyse complex legal problems arising from the implementation of international trade regulations within regional, national and sub-national settings;
6. Demonstrate ability to assess a range of policy options available to governments in developing and applying the regulation of international trade based on your knowledge and analysis of existing research and literature;
Personal and Key Skills7. Demonstrate ability to identify, retrieve and use a wide range of relevant academic resources and information dealing with the regulation of international trade effectively, and to develop your own arguments and opinions with minimum guidance;
8. Demonstrate ability to communicate and deliver coherent, clear and effective presentations, orally and in writing, in a manner appropriate to the discipline; and
9. Demonstrate ability to work independently and to manage time well in preparing for scheduled learning activities, exercises and assessments.