Instructor(s): Michael Trebilcock

For graduate students, the course number is LAW2038HF.

This course satisfies either the Perspective or the International/Comparative/Transnational
course requirement.

This seminar will explore the regulatory framework governing international trading relations. It will begin with the economic theory of international trade and in particular the case for free trade, then examine the politics of trade policy and objections and sources of opposition to free trade. The following topics will be examined: international economic institutions, the Bretton Woods System, the GATT/WTO, Preferential Trade Agreements, international regulation of tariffs, national tariff administration, the principles of nondiscrimination (most favoured nation and national treatment), preferential trade agreements, antidumping regulation, subsidies and countervailing duties, safeguards, adjustment assistance, trade and agriculture, trade in services, trade-related investment measures, trade-related intellectual property rights, trade and health and safety, and trade and the environment.

The seminar will strongly emphasize the institutions and political economy of international trading relations and how economic and political forces have shaped current regulatory policies and may shape future policies.

Evaluation
Students will be required to write 750 word comments on selected readings for five of the classes (50%) and a 3,750 word paper on an issue of their choosing (50%). Students writing a SUYRP in this course will be required to write a reduced number of comments (2).

At a Glance

First Term
Credits
3
Hours
2
SUYRP
Perspective course
ICT

Enrolment

Maximum
40
26 JD
4 LLM/SJD/MSL/NDEGS/SJD U
5 Economics and 5 Pol. Sci. students

Schedule

T: 2:10 - 4:00