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040057 KU International Trade Law (MA) (2020W)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 4 - Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work

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Nachanmeldungen sind ausnahmslos nicht möglich.
Studierende der Warteliste können nur nach Maßgabe freier Plätze in den Kurs aufgenommen werden.


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 50 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

The first session is planned to be held in the lecture room but it is currently quite likely that it will also – similar to all the subsequent others – be online-only.
Teaching consists of online lectures including slides (available on Youtube and Moodle).
The morning sessions will then be used to discuss the content of each lecture.
There will be two final exams, one online – on 20 January – one on Friday, 29 January in Lecture Room 4, 1645-1815h.

Wednesday 07.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 14.10. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Wednesday 21.10. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Wednesday 28.10. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Wednesday 04.11. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Wednesday 11.11. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Wednesday 18.11. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Wednesday 25.11. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Wednesday 02.12. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Wednesday 09.12. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Wednesday 16.12. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Wednesday 13.01. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Wednesday 20.01. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Friday 29.01. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

This course aims at providing students with a basic understanding of the fundamental elements, aspects, and rules of international economic law with a focus on international trade law and the role of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Its basic principles will be described by reference to the respective articles in its trade agreements and case-law from the WTO dispute settlement system.
The relationship between the WTO and the EU common market (including free trade agreements such as CETA) will also be covered.

Assessment and permitted materials

– active participation in class (8 points), either by participating in the discussions or presenting relevant news from the world of trade law (e.g. newspaper articles about tariff negotiations) during the sessions
– one written only exam (presence exam) in the final session (72 points in total), if necessary open book exam

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

– active participation in class (8 points); students are expected to present one newspaper article on a trade law topic in class (approx. 10 minutes)
– two exams in the final two sessions (72 points in total), the first with Single & Multiple Choice Questions, the second is a case study
> 40 points for a positive grade in total
– two unexcused absences max

Examination topics

International trade law and the WTO system
EU Common Market law
Basics of international investment law and its relationship to trade law (free trade agreements like NAFTA or CETA)

Reading list

Peter Van den Bossche and Denise Prévost, Essentials of WTO Law (Cambridge University Press 2016)

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Last modified: We 13.01.2021 08:28