International Trade Law
The WTO is a remarkably successful international institution, with perhaps the most effective dispute resolution system of any international organization. This course will survey the law and policy of the WTO system and related legal regimes. Topics will include the political economy of the treaty framework, the relationship between international and domestic law, the dispute resolution system, legal restrictions on border instruments, nondiscrimination obligations in international trade, preferential trading agreements such as NAFTA, TTIP and TPP, WTO rules concerning domestic regulation including the perceived tension between WTO obligations and domestic environmental/health/safety regulations, subsidies in international trade, antidumping law, trade in services, and investor rights under trade agreements. Elements used in grading: Class participation and final exam.