Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course provides an advanced examination of the international legal rules, principles and institutions that regulate international trade. The course will provide students with a detailed examination of debates on regulation of international trade and the historical development of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The course will critically analyse the major WTO Agreements, such as the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (the GATT) and the General Agreement on Trade in Services (the GATS). The course will also critically examine the impact of the WTO legal regime upon developed countries (particularly Australia) and developing countries.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2017.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Apply an advanced and integrated knowledge of the legal framework for international trade law and maritime law, in the areas covered during the course.

2. Identify and evaluate relevant issues in international trade law and maritime law, and apply legal doctrine to solve related problems.

3. Perform advanced critical analysis on 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 advanced 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, engaging with primary and secondary materials, and providing critical analysis of problems and questions, including effective and efficient persuasive strategies.

6. Prepare and present cogent arguments, orally and in writing, and make critical, productive contributions to class debate and discussion.


Week 1: Introduction/Globalistion; historical sources of international trade lawWeek 2: Private International trade law: sale of goodsWeek 3: Private International trade law: sale of goodsWeek 4: Private International trade law: maritime lawWeek 5: International trade agreements: brackground and historyWeek 6: International trade agreements: international contractsWeek 7: International trade agreements: international contracts (continued)Week 8: International trade: WTO structure and applicationWeek 9: International trade: WTO lawWeek 10: International trade: WTO dispute resolutionWeek 11: International trade: international arbitrationWeek 12: International trade: investment law and globalisation


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Juris Doctor/ Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice or Master of Laws programs.

Assumed knowledge

Students will benefit from having studied Legal System and Method, Torts, Property, Contracts and Civil Procedure in their earlier legal studies.

Assessment items

Essay: Research Essay

Participation: Class participation

In Term Test: Two in class tests