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.

Michelle HealyMichelle Healy

Michelle Healy is a Senior Counsellor in the Legal Affairs Division of the World Trade Organization, where she advises panelists who serve as arbitrators on WTO dispute settlement panels. Michelle joined the WTO in 2007, and spent approximately 10 years in the Rules Division of the WTO, where she worked on a number of disputes involving trade remedies, including the disputes over subsidies to the European and U.S. large civil aircraft sectors, and the analysis of their economic effects. She has worked on the negotiations on subsidies and countervailing measures and the negotiations on fisheries subsidies and regularly conducts training on trade remedies, the WTO dispute settlement system and WTO principles, as part of the WTO's technical assistance and training activities.

Michelle is from Brisbane, Australia. She obtained a Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Queensland, before working as an Associate to the Chief Justice of the High Court, Sir Anthony Mason. She also has a Master of Laws degree from Columbia Law School and a Diplome d'Etudes Approfondies (two-year Masters) degree in international relations, with a specialization in public international law, from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. Prior to working in international trade, Michelle spent several years in corporate legal practice at U.S. law firms in New York and London, followed by a period as a lecturer in corporations law and competition law at the University of Queensland. She is admitted to practice law in the New South Wales, the State of New York and England and Wales.

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