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This course analyzes the key legal and policy issues in international commerce, trade and investment.  It focuses on the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and the World Trade Organization and trade remedies (antidumping, countervailing duties, safeguards, etc.) under United States and international law.  Trade in goods, services, trade-related aspects of intellectual property, basic aspects of customs law and regional trade agreements will also be discussed. 


 Political and economic policy considerations as well as international and national statutory materials, cases and commentary will be examined in an effort to understand international trade law and the world trading system in theory and practice. For obvious reasons much of our attention will be focused on the various trade disputes with China, including charges of currency manipulation, and what steps the United States could legally take to deal with an increasingly contentious trade relationship affecting the United States' vital interests.


 This is an international law course, but the methodology is similar to many domestic law courses; the focus is on statutory interpretation (the WTO Agreements and a few key U.S. statutes) and on study of cases (excerpts from WTO Appellate Body decisions).


Required:  Raj Bhala, International Trade Law: Interdisciplinary Theory and Practice, Third Edition (Lexis Nexis, 2008), ISBN: 9781422419403

A documents supplement prepared by the instructor with the relevant WTO Agreements and U.S. statutes will be available from the Copy Center, and these documents will also be available on the Forum at no cost, although having them in a single volume is convenient. 
The Bhala textbook lists at about for $125 but may be available on line new and used for considerably less.
Course Format


Written Assignments  
Type of Exam

Essaytype: final and probably a mid-term as well.

Basis for grading

Examinations and class discussion; term or substantial paper when those options are selected. Class discussion and attendance counts for up to 20% of grade.

Additional Comments

Substantial numbers of foreign LL.M. candidates provide a variety of viewpoints on international trade policy issues.

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