International Trade Law
Today, more than two-thirds of all transnational trade is conducted by multinational corporations; at the same time, well over 90% of Australia's import and export trade in goods takes place by sea. International Trade Law and Maritime Law are central to managing this trade. This course will focus on these two complementary areas of law, blending a combination of: substantive areas of the law (ranging from World Trade Organization rules to maritime liabilities); procedural mechanisms for dispute resolution; and jurisdictional issues. Furthermore, both International Trade Law and Maritime Law are just as important locally for linking Australia to the global market as they are on an international scale for connecting nation-states large and small, far and wide. Because many aspects of both bodies of law are also consistent globally, the material covered by this course is relevant for students interested in engaging with commerce within Australia as well as those planning to practice law internationally.
- Semester 2 - 2015
1. Demonstrate a thorough and contextual knowledge of the legal framework for international trade law and maritime law, in the areas covered during the course.
2. Identify relevant issues in international trade law and maritime law, and apply legal doctrine to solve related problems.
3. Critically analyse relationships between on the one hand international trade law and maritime law, and on the other hand broader social, political, and economic issues inherent in globalisation.
4. Create an analytic framework for understanding the impact of global value chains on issues of international trade law and maritime law.
5. Conduct high-level legal research, exploring primary and secondary materials, and provide critical analysis of problems and questions.
6. Prepare and present cogent arguments, orally and in writing, and make productive contributions to class debate and discussion.
The content in this course includes the following:
Week 1: Introduction/Globalisation; historical sources of maritime and admiralty law
Week 2: Maritime law: the international framework
Week 3: Maritime law: the Australian framework
Week 4: Maritime law: the Australian framework (continued)
Week 5: International trade: background and history
Week 6: International trade: shipping/international contracts
Week 7: International trade: shipping/international contracts (continued)
Week 8: International trade: WTO structure and application
Week 9: International trade: WTO dispute resolution / international arbitration
Week 10: International trade: international trade law beyond the WTO
Week 11: International trade: the Australian framework
Week 12: Global value chains:general theory and application; intersections with maritime and international trade law
This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws and associated combined degree programs or Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and associated combined degree programs.
LAWS1001A, LAWS1001B, LAWS1002A, LAWS1002B, LAWS2003A, LAWS2003B, LAWS3004A, LAWS3004B, LAWS4011
Participation: Class participation
In Term Test: Two in-class tests
Essay: Multi-pronged Research essay
Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term