Document Type

Graduate Syllabus


Fall 2005



Course Number

DIPL 6032

Course Description

This course examines the process and substance of international trade law, focusing primarily on the law of the World Trade Organization and secondarily on the law of regional trade organizations and the foreign trade law of the United States. We will begin with an overview of issues relating to the concept of free trade, the institutionalization of international trade, the relationship between U.S. and international trade law, and WTO dispute settlement. Next, we will cover the legal principles and rules of international trade. Finally, we will consider the relationship between trade and other global concerns, such as environmental protection, health and safety, human rights, labor, development, and democracy.

Throughout the course, we will refer to economic and political debates and use analytical methods in these disciplines to augment our understanding of international trade law. A major objective of the course is to learn how to engage international trade law in a variety of different practice-oriented settings. Towards that end, this course features ( I ) role simulations, case studies, and case-based advocacy and (2) a multi-issue/multi-party negotiation exercise.