International Economic Law

Subject 730-442 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: One 2-hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment: 144 hours.
Prerequisites: Legal Method and Reasoning; Principles of Public Law; Torts; Legal Theory or in each case their equivalents.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Subject Overview:

This subject introduces students to the central texts of international economic law and the practice of key international economic organisations. It begins by critically examining the promises of welfare gains in the liberal case for free trade. This theoretical grounding then allows for close analysis of four key areas of international economic law. First, the subject engages the treaty agreements and dispute settlement processes of the World Trade Organization. This component covers the main areas of WTO regulation including trade in goods, services and intellectual property protection. Specific case-studies are used to contextualise contemporary debates surrounding the WTO such as its impact on domestic regulation of health, environmental and labour standards. Secondly, the subject traces the implications of the shift to bilateralism as measured in the spectacular growth of Free Trade Agreements across the globe. In particular, students will examine the rationale and implications for democratic outcomes in "WTO-plus" provisions in FTAs. The third component of the subject examines the regulation of investment in international economic law. This part of the subject especially draws out the paradigm of investor-state dispute settlement in bilateral investment treaties and regional initiatives such as the North American Free Trade Agreement. Various case-studies are used to assess the implications of this significant departure from traditional dispute settlement mechanisms at international law. Finally, the subject examines the lending policies and practices of international financial institutions, particularly the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

Assessment: Research essay of 5000 words, 100% (due end of semester) OR a final examination of three hours, 100%.
Prescribed Texts: Printed materials will be issued by the Faculty of Law.World Trade Organization, The Legal Texts: The Results of the Uruguay Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations (Cambridge University Press, 2007).
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, students should have developed the following generic skills:

  • attitudes towards knowledge that include valuing truth, openness to new ideas and ethics associated with knowledge creation and usage
  • the capacity for close reading and analysis of a range of sources
  • the capacity for critical and independent thought and reflection
  • the capacity to solve problems, including through the collection and evaluation of information
  • the capacity to communicate, both orally and in writing
  • the capacity to plan and manage time
  • the capacity to participate as a member of a team
  • intercultural sensitivity and understanding

In addition, on completion of the subject, students should have developed the following skills specific to the discipline of law:

  • the formulation and presentation of argument
  • jurisprudential research
  • textual and contextual interpretation of treaties, dispute resolution decisions, the reports of international institutions and academic scholarship
  • oral and written presentation

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