LEGAL473-19A (HAM)

Introduction to the Law of International Trade

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Paper Description

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This paper will introduce students to the law and policies of current international trade regulations, both on the multilateral level (and hence an examination of the procedural and substantive law of the World Trade Organisation (WTO)) and on the regional level (the law of Free Trade Agreements).
Students will be invited to critically analyse the intended and unintended consequences of trade law on other policy objectives, in light of both theoretical and practical considerations. In particular the so-called "interface" issues (the impact of trade law on the environment, human rights, development and other social policies) will be critically assessed in light of relevant cases, and space will be made for imaginative critique around the potential shape and scope of international trade, and the law and policy which underpins it.
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Paper Structure

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This is a semester paper. The teaching component comprises 12 classes, including the final class which will be dedicated to student presentations. There will be group exercises at the end of selected lectures to help students actively engage with the materials and to facilitate the achievement of the learning objectives outlined below.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • 1. Acquire knowledge of the applicable rules and doctrines governing international trade relations
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  • 2. Critically examine the political economy and ideological roots of international trade law and economic theories
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  • 3. Critically analize the current status of and constraints associated with international trade law in light of the recent decline of multilateralism (WTO) and the rise of regional integration.
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See below.
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Active class participation (debates, class exercises)
2. In-class presentations
  • In Class: In Lecture
3. Research Proposal
25 Apr 2019
5:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Research Paper
12 Jun 2019
5:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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All law students are required to purchase, for use in all law papers, a copy of McLay, Murray & Orpin, New Zealand Law Style Guide, 2nd edition, Thomson Reuters (2011). This is available from Bennetts.

In addition to the texts identified below, the Faculty of Law requires that students purchase the course materials book(s) for this paper. These are available from Waikato Print.

Compulsory materials will be posted on Moodle (, the University of Waikato’s online learning system.

Students might use the following known trade law textbooks:

-Peter Van den Bossche, The Law and Policy of the World Trade Organization, Text, Cases and Materials, 4th Edition, Cambridge University Press, 2017, Paperback ISBN-13:978-1316610527

-Trebilcock and Howse, Regulation of International Trade, (3rd ed., Routledge, 2005) [There is an updated version published in 2012 by Trebilcock, Howse & Eliason]

-Jackson, The World Trading System, Law and Policy of International Economic Relations (2nd ed, MIT Press, 1997)

-Matsushita, Schoenbaum and Mavroidis, The world trade organization : law, practice, and policy (Oxford University Press, 2015)

-Cottier and Oesch, International trade regulation : law and policy in the WTO, the European Union, and Switzerland : cases, materials, and comments (Cameron May, 2005)

-Palmeter and Mavroidis, Dispute settlement in the World Trade Organization: Practice and procedure, (Cambridge University Press, 2004)

-Jackson, Davey and Sykes, Legal problems of international economic relations : cases, materials, and text on the national and international regulation of transnational economic relations (St. Paul, Minn. : West Group, 2002)

-Lester, Mercurio, Davies, World Trade Law: Text, Materials and Commentary (Second Edition), Hart Publishing 2012.

-Trebilcock, Understanding Trade Law, Edward Elgar 2012

Additionally, the following sources will be essential for your research:


-Journal of International Economic Law - Oxford Journals

-World Trade Review – Cambridge Journals

-Journal of World Trade – Kluwer International

Websites or data bases (available on Waikato Library Databases):

Further material may be provided on the paper site on Moodle (, the University of Waikato’s online learning system. Any such material is provided on the following terms:

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Online Support

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Online support for this paper is provided via Moodle.
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Students should expect to spend 150 hours in total on this paper. In addition to lecture attendance, significant time will need to be spent on background and complementary reading. Students should allow for periods of more-focused research time in the preparation of assignments.
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