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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
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|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: One 2-hour seminar per week |
Total Time Commitment: 144 hours.
Legal Method and Reasoning; Principles of Public Law; Torts; Legal Theory or in each case their equivalents.
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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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CoordinatorMr Jurgen Kurtz
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.
Note: The research essay in this subject is regarded as a substantial piece of legal writing.
The objectives of this subject are:
5000 word reasearch paper (100%) due during the examination period OR a final examination of three hours (100%).
Printed materials will be issued by Melbourne Law School.World Trade Organization, The Legal Texts: The Results of the Uruguay Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations (Cambridge University Press, 2007).
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This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
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On completion of this subject, students should have developed the following generic skills:
In addition, on completion of the subject, students should have developed the following skills specific to the discipline of law:
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