International Trade Regulation

Quick Info
(2290.04)  Course
Professor R. Wai
4 credit(s)  4 hour(s);
Lectures, discussion
Upper Year Research & Writing Requirement

This introductory course surveys the public laws of international trade regulation from a Canadian perspective. The course focuses on the public international law and domestic public law regimes affecting the conduct of international trade to and from Canada, with a particular focus on the multilateral World Trade Organization and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade. The course also introduces students to basic policy aspects of international trade law drawn from economic theory, international relations theory, and international legal theory. Particular subjects for discussion include: WTO/GATT treaties and institutions; dispute settlement; trade in goods; non-discrimination principles; trade law and non-trade objectives such as environmental protection; subsidies and countervailing duties; anti-dumping measures; trade in services; trade and intellectual property; trade and investment.  This year there will be some focus on the dynamic situation with respect to regional free trade areas and preferential trade agreements relevant to Canada such as the USMCA (the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement renegotiation of the NAFTA), the Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), and the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).
Please note that while no particular background is expected of students in terms of prior legal or other kinds of knowledge (such as economics), the course is heavy in terms of reading of both legal and policy material, some of which is taken from other fields such as international relations or economics.  Please also note that for this course, the instructor will emphasize synchronous learning and that, aside from for accommodation requirements, there will be no general posting of audio or other recording of the scheduled class sessions.