Courses & Units

International Trade Law LAW263


In this unit students examine the global economy through the lens of bilateral, regional, and multi-lateral free trade rules, with a particular focus on entrenched economic and social inequalities and trans-national sovereign debt and climate change crises. This unit will closely examine the impact of global trade rules on the world’s poorer states. Many states are in a terrifying debt spiral, with each debt-renegotiation leading to more onerous re-payment terms. Intellectual property rules in trade agreements prevent poorer governments from accessing essential supplies such as COVID -19 vaccines and investment protection clauses have a ‘chilling’ effect on states needing to move away from reliance on fossil fuels. At the same time, multinational corporations exploit the low regulatory environments in ‘emerging’ markets to manufacture low-cost clothing, shoes, and other goods, at the expense of local workers. An understanding of the history, development and contemporary application of international trade rules provides insights into these and many other challenges facing the global political economy.


Unit name International Trade Law
Unit code LAW263
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
Discipline Law
Coordinator Ms Anja Hilkemeijer
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the history, nature and challenges of multilateral, regional and bilateral trade regimes.
  • Synthesize and clearly explain complex legal and policy issues related to international trade law into short written texts.
  • Identify a contemporary trade law issue, research relevant primary and secondary sources and produce a critical written response.
  • Contribute regularly, respectfully and meaningfully to class discussions with a demonstrated understanding of assigned primary and secondary sources.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
090909 $2,040.00 $1,597.00 not applicable $2,040.00

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50 credit points of Introductory Law core, including successful completion of LAW102

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:



Teaching Pattern

Lecture: 1 hour weekly

Tutorial/Workshop: 2 hours weekly face-to-face (commencing in Week 2 of semester)

AssessmentAssessment Task 1: Class Participation (10%)|Assessment Task 2: Class Papers (40%)|Assessment Task 3: Research Paper (50%)
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