Course - Law


Recommended Courses:

International Trade Law or Public International Law


This course will analyze in detail the legal structures of regional trade agreements (RTAs), including but not limited to NAFTA.   It will review GATT Article XXIV and the economic and policy debate over the spread of RTAs and global vs. regional trade arrangements; discuss key aspects of NAFTA, including tariff elimination, rules of origin, intellectual property, services, the environment and settlement of investment and other disputes. It will also analyze legal and policy issues relating to the Central American – Dominican Republic – United States FTA, the Southern Cone Common Market (MERCOSUR), the ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA) and the Southern African Customs Union (SACU). Other RTAs may also be covered. At least one "mock: investment arbitration exercise is contemplated.


DAVID A. Gantz, Regional Trade Agreements: Law, Policy & Practice (Carolina Academic Press, 2009)


Ralph Folsom, NAFTA and Free Trade in the Americas (Thomson/West, Nutshell Services, 4th ed., 2012).



Various agreement text materials will be made available from time to time on the Forum.






Course Format

Seminar format; extensive student participation

Written Assignments

Students will have three options: 1) a final examination, a 2 unit term paper (approx.22-24 pages) or 3) a 3 unit substantial paper (approx. 35 pages and meeting other facultly requirements for the substantial paper); additional shorter written or oral assignments are likely.

Type of Exam

Essay-type, open book, open notes, take-home/take-out examination

Basis for grading

Examination or term paper/substantial paper; approximately 20% of grade will be based on class participation.

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