This course will introduce the international legal rules, principles and institutions of the World Trade Organization. Students who undertake this course will gain an understanding of the WTO legal regime through the major WTO Agreements as well as of substantive WTO law, drawing heavily on reports of the WTO Appellate Body and panels.

The course will cover the basic principles relating to trade in goods and trade in services, as well as some of the more specialised WTO Agreements. These will be examined through a consideration of the WTO Agreements and the legal disputes that have arisen under those agreements.

Students will be asked to think critically about the effect of the WTO’s legal regime on Australia, and on developing countries. Although not a prerequisite, students are advised that some knowledge of international law, international relations and/or economics would be a distinct advantage.

Dr James Munro

James Munro has worked as a lawyer at the World Trade Organization on international trade litigation at both the panel and appellate stages. He has also practised in the fields of international trade and investment law for the Australian Government, including advising on the compatibility of major policy reforms with international economic law, as well as on free trade agreements and serving as negotiator and legal counsel on various major trade and environment treaty negotiations. As the principal legal counsel to Australia’s Anti-Dumping Commission, James ran the practice advising on investigations into allegations of unfair international trade. James has published a number of peer-reviewed contributions on subjects relating to international trade and investment law, and holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne in this field.

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