Courses & Units

International Trade Law LAW263


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.


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

Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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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
090903 $1,828.00 $1,432.00 not applicable $1,828.00

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2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
3 Please refer to more information on eligibility for HECS-HELP.
4 Please refer to more information on eligibility for FEE-HELP.

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

Mutual Exclusions

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



Teaching Pattern

Lecture: 1 hour weekly online

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

AssessmentTutorial Papers (40%)|Class Participation (10%)|Research Paper (50%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

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