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030448 KU Trade litigation (2016S)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 3 - Rechtswissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work


max. 46 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 30.05. 10:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum SEM51 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 5.OG
Tuesday 31.05. 10:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum SEM51 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 5.OG
Wednesday 01.06. 10:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum SEM51 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 5.OG
Thursday 02.06. 10:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum SEM52 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 5.OG
Friday 03.06. 10:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum SEM51 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 5.OG


Aims, contents and method of the course

In 1999, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace hit the screens to near universal critical opposition. There were three things wrong with the movie: an annoying Jar Jar Binks; an even more annoying Anakin Skywalker; and the villain. For those who wisely avoided this travesty, the "villain" was ... The Trade Federation. The movie spoke to the mass protests then convulsing the world against various global trade deals, foremost among them the Seattle Round, which went down to flames in the same year as the Trade Federation's demise.

This course seeks to demystify international trade law and its principal home, the World Trade Organization. We will begin with the theoretical foundations of liberalised trade as well as its critiques. We will then discuss the legal framework within which trade agreements are negotiated and enter into force. Moving onto the substance, we will discuss the core bargain at the heart of the WTO Agreement and measures put in place to protect both the economic value and the political legitimacy of that bargain. Having grounded ourselves in the basics, we will move on to the impact of liberalised trade rules in general and the WTO Agreement more specifically on social, environmental and health protection; industrial policy, and economic development.

The course will move along a triple axis of economic theory, law and policy; challenge students to think both critically and pragmatically, and seek to transcend "Trade Federation" vilification in favour of a more comprehensive and critical understanding of the current economic and trade world order.

Assessment and permitted materials

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Examination topics

Required: Frits Kalshoven & Liesbeth Zegveld, Constraints on the Waging of War: An Introduction to International Humanitarian Law (Cambridge University Press, 4th ed., 2011).

Required: Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their Additional Protocols

Reading list

The Law and Policy of the World Trade Organization: Text, Cases and Materials by Peter Van den Bossche and Werner Zdouc (2013)

Association in the course directory

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