Contemporary Legal Problems of World Trade

Module code: LW7015

Module co-ordinator: Horace Yeung 

Module Outline

This module, as a natural progression from the prerequisite module “Law and Organisation of the World Trading System”, considers a wide context of the regulatory system in place. It not only focuses particularly on specific issues debated in the WTO forum, but also considers the interactions between public law and private law in the regulation of world trade. The module will re-visit some of the core principles and rules of international trade. In particular, the module will focus on some specialised areas of the WTO. The role of the WTO in certain specific areas of concern will be explored such as development, environment, intellectual property, human rights, investment, etc. The role of other non-WTO mechanisms such as corporate social responsibility will also be considered. The uncertainty of the WTO system, amid the unsuccessful Doha round of negotiations thus far and the rise of different bilateral and regional trade agreements as an alternative, will be discussed.

Teaching and Learning Methods

Seminars, private study and Blackboard.

Assessment Methods

Research paper (not exceeding 5,000 words including the footnotes).