Goals of the Course(JPN)
Goals of the Course
|Purpose and Description|
This course provides an examination of international law concerning economic globalization, in particular the law on the World Trade Organization (WTO) and related trade and investment agreements as the main aspects of global economic order. It first provides a brief introduction to the history and evolution of the legal framework for trade liberalization and investment protection. It then proceeds to examine WTO law, focusing primarily on the WTO Agreement on Goods (GATT) and on the WTO Dispute Settlement Understanding (DSU), while a brief overview of topics such as the General Agreement on Services (GATS) and financial services in the GATS as well as intellectual property under the WTO will also be provided.
The purpose of this course is for students to obtain both the knowledge of international trade law – including a critical mass of case-law – and the skills which will enable them to analyze to what extent regulatory measures that have impact on international trade are consistent with these laws. It also provides the basis for the analysis of issues of controversy such as the role of these fields of law in the global legal order.
Objectives of the Course(JPN)
Objectives of the Course
By taking this course, students will be able to obtain a good understanding of the most important aspects of international trade law, as well as the skills of critically assessing and analyzing the impacts and the prospects of economic globalization.
Course Content / Plan
|Structure of the Course / Schedule授業の構成・計画|
1. Introduction to international economic law
2. Structure of the WTO (1): membership, institutional structure
3. Structure of the WTO (2): developing member states and decision-making
4. Dispute Settlement under the WTO (1): jurisdiction of the WTO dispute settlement system, key features of WTO dispute settlement
5. Dispute Settlement under the WTO (2): institutions and process of WTO dispute settlement, remedies for breach
6. Rules on Trade in Goods (1): market access - scheduling concessions in the GATT
7. Rules on Trade in Goods (2): The principle of non-discrimination (the most-favoured-nation (MFN) treatment and national treatment (NT))
8. Rules on Trade in Goods (3): General Exceptions and Security Exceptions
9. Rules on Trade in Goods (4): Other rules – SPS, TBT, anti-dumping
10. Rules on Trade in Services (1) Scheduling Concessions
11. Rules on Trade in Services (2): General and Security Exceptions
13. Future prospects of international trade law 1 – security threats and economic globalisation
14. Future prospects of international trade law 2 – the crisis of WTO
15. Future prospects of international trade law 3 –Summary and evaluation
Course Prerequisites and Related Courses
|There is no precondition to take this course.|
Course Evaluation Method and Criteria
|Contribution to class including presentation: 40%, Final exam/report: 60%. |
Credit is given to C- or C (where applicable) or higher grade for each criterion.
Peter Van den Bossche and Werner Zdouc, The Law and Policy of the World Trade Organization (3rd edn., CUP, 2013)
Mitsuo Matsushita, Thomas J. Schoembaum and Petros C. Mavroidis and Michael Hahn, The World Trade Organization: Law, Practice, and Policy (3rd edn. OUP, 2017)
|Martin Daunton, Amrita Narlikar, and Robert M. Stern (eds) The Oxford Handbook on The World Trade Organization (OUP 2012)|
Study Load(Self-directed Learning Outside Course Hours)
|Students are expected to prepare for and make presentations on given topics concerning international trade law in each session.|
Notice for Students
Lecture format, etc.
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