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040242 KU International Trade Law (MA) (2021S)

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

Anmeldungen während der Anmeldezeiten über U:SPACE.
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

for the time being, all sessions will be held online via Moodle (Big Blue Button)

Wednesday 03.03. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Wednesday 10.03. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Wednesday 17.03. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Wednesday 24.03. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Wednesday 14.04. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Wednesday 21.04. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Wednesday 28.04. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Wednesday 05.05. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Wednesday 12.05. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Wednesday 19.05. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Wednesday 26.05. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Wednesday 02.06. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Wednesday 09.06. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Wednesday 16.06. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Wednesday 23.06. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Wednesday 30.06. 08:00 - 09:30 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 history and key 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, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the EU common market (including free trade agreements such as CETA) are also covered, including discussions on development like the "trade war" between the US and China or Brexit. Suggestions for further topics are welcome.

Assessment and permitted materials

– active participation at the beginning and during each session (contributing to discussions and answering questions about topic covered in previous sessions)
– written exams in the final two sessions (composed of single Choice Questions, short essay questions and case studies)
– printouts of the relevant treaties (GATT, WTO treaty, GATS, ...) and dictionaries may be used
– NO additional notes other than cross-references or translations are allowed!

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

– active participation in class (8 points)
– two written exams (72 points in total)
— one online via Moodle (Single/Multiple Choice and right or wrong-questions)
— one brief case study, i.e. a legal analysis of a hypothetical scenario
> 40 points for a positive grade
– two unexcused absences max

Examination topics

International trade law (including its evolvement and historic origins) and the WTO system
EU Internal Market law
Basics of international investment law and its relationship to trade law (e.g. BITs or investment chapters in free trade agreements like NAFTA or CETA)

Reading list

Den Bossche/Prévost, Essentials of WTO Law (Cambridge University Press 2016)
articles, slides and videos on Youtube

Association in the course directory

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