JURD7472 Law of the World Trade Organisation

Lecturer: Heng Wang

What is the course about?
The course is about the rules and practices of world trade, particularly from the perspective of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The WTO is the major international governmental organisation setting multilateral trade rules and is unique in its arguably effective dispute settlement system. As these trade rules significantly affect domestic law and our daily life, the WTO law is of crucial importance for government, businesses and the society.

Moreover, the course is not limited to the WTO rules (e.g. trade in goods, trade in services, and trade-related aspects of intellectual property), and will extend to closely related issues (e.g. trade and environment, trade and investment, free trade agreements, and labor standards).

The course also relates to broader issues such as how international economic law is affected by common law and civil law, how the developing and developed countries address or fail to address their differences, how the international economic legal order may develop in the future and their implications for the society, how law interacts with science and technology in trade, how trade and non-trade concerns are addressed.

Do you have any advice for students who are interested in the course?
Helping students develop the capacity to address relevant legal issues, the subject will enable students to better understand complicated trade rules and to better prepare for the legal practice in the globalised world. The dispute settlement reports of the WTO will be analysed and discussed, which illustrates how the law is interpreted.

Students are encouraged to engage in the course discussion and are usually suggested to play a role as a relevant party in the discussion.