Introduction to the history of international trade regulation, the most important legal principles of international economic law, the World Trade Organisation and the roles of multilateralism and preferentialism in trade. Concludes with a very short snapshot at the implications of the so-called trade war and the suspension of the WTO Appellate Body for the future of the rules-based global trading system. Goes together with mandatory reading and the following questions to be addressed in class:
How do you explain/justify that non-product related process and production methods cannot be the basis for differential treatment in WTO law?
Never waste a good crisis – how can the current crisis of multilateralism serve the purpose of sustainable development?