An examination of the regulation of international trade by member states of the World Trade Organization, including trade in goods and services, investment, intellectual property and dispute settlement.

International Economic Law
4 days (2 weekends: 28-29 March and 4-5 April)
UQ St Lucia (view map)
Enrolment options: 
CPD | Award | Non-Award

Topics covered

  • introduction to international trade law, the history and institutions of the multilateral trading system and overview of the structure of the WTO and the WTO Agreements
  • examination of the understanding on rules and procedures governing the settlement of disputes and the processes by which trade disputes are managed and resolved in the WTO
  • introduction to tariffs, tariff negotiations and tariff bindings
  • background to the general ban on quantitative restrictions
  • examination of the national treatment and MFN obligations (as well as general exceptions to those obligations) through the relevant case law pertaining to Article III of the GATT
  • general exceptions under Article XX
  • introduction of principles underlying other WTO Agreements such as the Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosantary Measures, the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade and the Agreement of Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights
  • introduction to the General Agreement on Trade in Services
  • examination of the rules concerning granting of subsidies, as well as the disciplines regulation the use of trade remedies such as countervailing, anti-dumping and safeguard measures

Who is the course designed for

Our CPD courses are available to professionals interested in contemporary legal issues.

Whether you're looking to acquire CPD points, expand your knowledge in a specific area of the law, or gain a general understanding of legal issues impacting your profession, our courses will equip you to go further in every possible future.

Style of learning

Our courses are delivered in collaborative, seminar-style teaching environments, in the award-winning Forgan Smith building.

Our CPD participants benefit from small class sizes which encourage group discussion and debate, and 1-on-1 access to industry experts and leading researchers.


This course is delivered at UQ St Lucia campus.

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Enrolment options

 Register for Continuing Professional Development

No entry requirements apply, you are not required to submit assessment, and your course participation may not be used as academic credit towards a qualification. Our courses count toward Queensland Law Society Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points if you can demonstrate relevance to your legal practice. Registration closes 2 weeks before the course starts.

Register as a CPD student

 Enrol as a non-award student

To gain academic credit, you can apply to enrol as a ‘non-award’ student. Your enrolment is called ‘non-award’ because you are not seeking to be awarded a qualification at this point. As a non-award student, you will be required to do course assessment and will gain academic credit for successfully completing the course. You may seek credit for the course if you enrol in a program in the future.

Apply for entry as a non-award student

 Enrol as a part of a Masters degree program

This course is part of the Master of Laws postgraduate program.


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