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Newspaper headlines frequently concern global economic issues, from trade disputes between countries and investment claims by foreign investors against sovereign states, to countries facing balance-of-payments crises and seeking assistance from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). This subject examines the law governing global economic issues. It is designed both as a comprehensive introduction in its own right to this important field, as well as a foundation for further exploration through specialist subjects in the curriculum. It begins with a focus on international trade law, particularly the rules and dispute settlement procedures of the World Trade Organization (WTO). It then discusses contemporary developments in international trade law and policy, including the negotiations for regional or bilateral preferential trade agreements. The subject then considers international investment law, examining key substantive obligations relating to investor protection and investor-state dispute settlement mechanisms (particularly through the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)). Finally, the subject provides an introduction to the lending policies and practices of international financial institutions, particularly the IMF and the World Bank.
Principal topics include:
- The law of the WTO
- Dispute settlement in the WTO
- International investment law
- Investor-state arbitration under the ICSID Convention
- International financial institutions (particularly the IMF and the World Bank).
Intended learning outcomes
A student who has successfully completed this subject will:
- Have an advanced and integrated understanding of key areas of international economic law, including the law of the WTO, international investment law and the practices of international financial institutions (IMF and World Bank)
- Be able to critically examine, analyse, interpret and assess the effectiveness of these legal rules
- Be an engaged participant in debate regarding controversies surrounding the impact of international economic law on various aspects of state sovereignty
- Have a detailed understanding of the major forms of dispute settlement in the field (including the WTO Dispute Settlement Understanding and the ICSID Convention) and their similarities and differences
- Have the cognitive and technical skills to independently examine, research and analyse existing and emerging legal issues relating to international economic law
- Have the communication skills to articulate and convey complex information regarding international economic law to relevant specialist and non-specialist audiences
- Be able to demonstrate autonomy, expert judgment and responsibility as a practitioner and learner in the field of international economic law
Last updated: 11 February 2021