Course ID: 207384


International trade law governs what states may do to encourage and restrict the flow of goods, services, capital and people across borders. The rules of international trade law thereby affect important aspects of all our lives ¿ how much we pay for the products that we purchase, what types of employment are open to us, and what our government can do to regulate the quality of goods and services that we consume. The course provides a comprehensive overview of international trade law, with a focus on the law of the World Trade Organization. Through the close study of the jurisprudence of WTO panels and the Appellate Body, students will learn to apply the core concepts of international trade law, such as market access and non-discrimination, and will explore how the trade regime seeks to strike a balance between trade promotion and other legitimate regulatory objectives. We will consider questions such as: Why did the Trump administration insist on renegotiating NAFTA, and how does the new NAFTA differ from the old one? How should Canada react to the imposition of steel and aluminum tariffs by the US on national security grounds? Does Canada have to fear retaliation from its trading partners for its subsidies to Bombardier? And should the European Union be allowed to ban imports of seal products to protect the moral sensibilities of its citizens?

Components: Lecture

Assessment Method:  Quizzes 15%, Essay/Papers 75%, Participation 10%

Degree Requirement Fulfilled: Substantial Term Paper