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This unit provide students with an understanding of the way in which inter-State trade has been regulated globally since the second half of the 20th century. This includes a critical reflection of the role of free trade rules in international economic law generally, and contemporary challenges to the multilateral rule-based trade regime. Students will gain a sound understanding of key rules and principles of the World Trade Organisation, including its aims, methods of work and decision-making institutions. This is followed by an examination of the exceptions to international free trade rules that allow member states to protect the environment, public health, morals and security. Particular attention will also be paid to the impact of the proliferation of regional and bilateral free trade agreements, the effect of the United States’ obstruction of the WTO’s dispute resolution mechanism and the capacity of states to use WTO rules to ensure equitable access to life-saving medicines.

Summary 2021

Unit name International Trade Law
Unit code LAW263
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
Discipline Law

Dr Anja Hilkemeijer

Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes

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



50 credit points of Introductory Law core or (LAW121 and LAW122)

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Tutorial papers, 5x 500 words (40%, Research paper, 3000 words (50%), Tutorial participation (10%)

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