OnlineSession 2N/A

Unit description

Investigates  the evolution of the legal regimes in international trade and development. Examines the basic legal structure of World Trade Organization (WTO),  at regional trade agreements including the European Union (EU), Australian Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and  the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Students look at dispute mechanisms, as well as legal structure of the World bank and International Monetary fund.  

Unit content

  1. The development of at the end international trading system at the end of World War Two; the creation of the IMF, the World Bank, the GATT system and the Marshall Plan.
  2. Proposals for a New International Economic Order, including the UNCTAD and the emergence of the Washington Consensus
  3. The1990s and aftermath of trade liberalization and the World Trade Organization (WTO)
  4. The WTO, regional free trade agreements, and dispute settlement mechanisms on international trade
  5. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnerships (RCEP)
  6. Trade agreement with the Trade and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 
  7.  Overview and legal structure of international financial institutions- the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
  8. Loans Policy and Agreements under the international financial institutions
  9. The trade agreements and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  10. US-China trade war and the Reemergence of Protectionisms on global trade policy

Learning outcomes

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Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • No prescribed texts.
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