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Fall 2017
5324 International Trade - GONZALEZ- 25900

Professor(s): Carmen Gonzalez (VISITING)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: International Law 

Time: 10:30a-12:00p  MW  Location: 209  BLB

Course Outline: This course will introduce students to regulation of trade in goods and services between nations (with an emphasis on trade in goods), with an emphasis on the regime administered by the World Trade Organization (WTO) and implemented by national trade laws. The subjects to be covered will include: Trade and Economic Policy;. The Making and Impact of Trade Agreements in National Legal Systems; The WTO - History and Structure; WTO Dispute Settlement; Tariffs;. Non-Tariff Barriers; National Treatment - Internal Taxation and Other Regulation; Most-Favored-Nation Treatment; Regional Trade Agreements (NAFTA, etc.); General Exceptions to Member Obligations; Trade and the Environment;. Subsidies and Countervailing Measures; Dumping and Anti-Dumping; Safeguards; Regulating Health versus Trade Protectionism (SPS Agreement); Technical Barriers to Trade;. Trade in Services; and other issues.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus updated 8/15/17

Questionnaire - to be returned during the first week of class – in hard copy

Course Notes:   All students should sign up for the International Trade course on TWEN in order to download reading assignments and receive E-mail updates. You can add this course by clicking the following link and following the instructions below:


First Day Assignments: Ha Joon Chang Kicking Away the Ladder The Real History of Free Trade

For International Trade Law:

For Monday, August 21: please read pages 1-29 of the Chow & Schoenbaum textbook, do the problems, and answer the questions in the notes. Read pages 7-32 in Sarah Joseph's Blame it on the WTO? (available for free download at

For Wednesday, August 23: please read pages 30-43 of the Chow & Schoenbaum textbook, and do the problems. Read pages 32-55 of Sarah Joseph's book and the short article by Ha-Joon Chang. Why is the WTO controversial? Are you persuaded by the arguments in favor of liberalized trade? Please explain Joseph's thesis that the WTO and human rights law have divergent philosophical backgrounds and goals (and are therefore likely to conflict). How does Chang dispute the claim that free trade is the key to global prosperity?

Final Exam Schedule: 12/8 10AM - 1PM 209 BLB    

This course will have:

Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: No
Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type:

Bar Course: No

Course Materials (3/28/2017 1:46:52 PM)

Book(s) Required

1. Chow & Schoenbaum, International Trade Law: Problems, Cases and Materials (3rd ed. 2017). ISBN: 9781454857976
2. Chow & Schoenbaum, International Trade Law: Documents Supplement (2017). The new documents supplement is not yet in print (Mar. 2017) - will be prior to start of semester. ISBN: 9781454882886.