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Course unit
GIN1031906, A.A. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course 5 years single cycle degree in
LAW (Ord. 2017)
GI0270, Regulation 2017/18, A.Y. 2017/18
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Course unit English denomination INTERNATIONAL TRADE LAW
Department of reference Department of Public, International and Community Law
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English

Teacher in charge ANDREA GATTINI IUS/13

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines IUS/13 International Law 6.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching methods frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
Hours Individual
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 26/02/2018
End of activities 01/06/2018

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
6 A.A. 2017/18 sede di Padova 02/10/2017 30/09/2018 GATTINI ANDREA (Presidente)
CORTESE BERNARDO (Membro Effettivo)
SARZO MATTEO (Supplente)

Prerequisites: International Law is a prerequisite of this class
Target skills and knowledge: This course focuses on the rules established under the World Trade Organization (WTO). It intends to offer an in-depth, practical knowledge of substantive WTO law. It will address the basic GATT/WTO principles, rules of trade in goods (technical barriers to trade, tariff and non-tariff barriers) and trade in services (GATS), as well as more specific WTO covered agreements, such as dumping, subsidies, trade related investment measures (TRIMs) and intellectual property rights (TRIPS). Trade regional exceptions (PTAs) and the emergency of mega-regional agreements will be also analysed. Additionally, the course will be focused on the unique WTO mechanism for the settlement of trade disputes and its case law. Post-Doha Round challenges for the WTO and multilateral trading system will be discussed as well.
Examination methods: There will be a final oral exam. The exam will be composed of a number of short questions covering the entire course program. Further instructions about the exam will be provided throughout the course.
Assessment criteria: Class participation: student active and high quality participation will be rewarded with a bonus on grade average.
Course unit contents: International Trade Law and the Law of the WTO
The World Trade Organization
WTO Dispute Settlement
Most Favoured Nation Treatment. National Treatment
Tariff barriers
Non-tariff barriers
General and security exceptions
Economic emergency exceptions (Safeguard Measures)
Regional Trade Exceptions. Proliferation of Regional Trade Agreements
Technical barriers to trade (TBT). Sanitary and phytosanitary measures (SPS)
Trade Related Investment measures (TRIMs)
Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS)
Trade in Services (GATS)
Future challenges to the WTO and the multilateral trading system.
Post-Doha Agenda. The mega-regional agreements.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The topics will be discussed with students who are requested to read the reading materials before coming to class.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Van den Bossche P.; Prévost D., Essentials of WTO Law. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016. ISBN: 9781107638938 Cerca nel catalogo