Course - Law


Recommended Courses:

Any course, graduate or undergraduate, in international relations, international economics, international politics or international law.


This interdisciplinary seminar/course will address a variety of issues relating to trade and economic integration, primarily but not exclusively in or relating to the Western Hemisphere. The study of the history of Western Hemisphere economic integration will initially be addressed, with the course then shifting to contemporary developments related to the establishment and operation of regional trading blocs such as NAFTA, CAFTA-DR, and MERCOSUR. The ongoing Trans-Pacific Parternship negotiations (among both Western Hemisphere and Asian nations), for comparison, the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement, and if time permits the Southern African Customs Union, will also be addressed. The course will include the full range of issues covered in modern regional trade agreements, including the increasingly close relationships between trade and economic development, investment, labor rights and environmental protection. There is no limit on enrollment in LAW 666.


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 and made available on D2L as appropriate.

Course Format

Seminar format; extensive student participation.

Written Assignments

Final exam; possible additional shorter written or oral assignemtns.

Type of Exam

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

Basis for grading

Examination; up to 20% of grade will be based on class participation. [If you wish to write a substantial paper/term paper, register for LAW 595E].

Additional Comments

This course will not be offered Spring 2013.

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