JURD7689 World Trade Law: Contemporary Issues and Concerns

Lecturer: Heng Wang

What is the course about?
International trade is becoming increasingly more important to practitioners (as evidenced by Australia’s free trade agreements with China, Japan, Korea, and the United States), non-governmental organisations, and the society. This course provides students with an opportunity to study select issues of international trade law in much more detail than can be covered in the introductory international trade law course. Increasingly, issues of contemporary legal significance are being decided by the WTO dispute settlement body that not only have an effect on the international trading system, but also affect civil society more broadly.

Moreover, the course will analyse both multilateral trade rules and major regional trade rules that have been or are being negotiated (e.g. the TPP, TTIP, RCEP, CETA). It will help us to better understand how domestic law, regional law and multilateral rules interact with each other, and to predict the future direction of international trade law and their implications for businesses, governments and the society.

Do you have any advice for students who are interested in the course?
Students will be able to enhance the capacity for future practice. The course will cover a wide range of issues encountered by private and public entities, such as services, investment, intellectual property, trade remedies, agriculture. Trade disputes including the jurisprudence will be discussed. They will address a number of issues: what are the major trade rules? How are they designed and interpreted? What are the challenges for businesses and other stakeholders, and how could they be addressed? What is their future development and the implications for businesses and the society? These are some examples of these issues.

Students are encouraged to participate in the course discussion and are suggested to play a role as a relevant party (e.g. multinational enterprises, SMEs, developing or developed countries, consumers) in the discussion.