This seminar will address the history of Western Hemisphere economic integration and contemporary developments related to the establishment and operation of regional trading blocs such as NAFTA, CAFTA-DR, MERCOSUR, the Central American Common Market, the Andean Group and the failed Free Trade Agreement of the Americas. Economic, legal and policy considerations will be addressed. The expanding phenomenon of formal and informal trade linkages between Latin American nations and those in Europe and Asia will also be considered, along with the increasingly close relationships between trade and economic integration, and labor rights and environmental protection. Enrollment will be limited to 25 students. There are no prerequisites.
The principal reading materials for the course are:
* Victor Bulmer-Thomas, The Economic History of Latin
America (Cambridge University Press, 2003)
* David A. Gantz, Regional Trade Agreements: Law,
Policy and Practice (Carolina Academic Press, 2009)
Additional readings will be assigned as appropriate.
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Grading will be based on a 25-30 page term paper on a subject related to the course (65%), an oral and PowerPoint® presentation of the term paper (15%) and class participation (20%). The instructor reserves the right to assign additional short papers and/or a mid-term examination if in the instructor’s judgment such additional assignments are warranted.
[Note from Professor Gantz: I have been asked whether the paper required for the trade and economic integration seminar would count toward the substantial paper requirement at the law school for law students enrolled in the course. The three unit course is a seminar, so everyone will be writing a paper. I have intentionally structured the paper requirements to parallel those of substantial papers: several drafts for my review plus the final, formal oral presentation with PowerPoint, around 30 pages properly footnoted, etc. The only special requirements for treating the paper as a substantial paper for law school purposes I contemplate would be assuring in consultations with the student that the topic is a primarily “legal” one. ]
Please see note above under "Grading." This course may be used to satisfy the College of Law "substantial paper" graduation requirement.