LAW5369 - World Trade Organization (WTO) law - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Chief examiner(s)

Professor Jeff Waincymer Research ProfileResearch Profile (

Quota applies

Postgraduate programs are based on a model of small group teaching and therefore class sizes need to be restricted.

Not offered in 2018


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Previously coded as LAW7326


This unit will examine the main features of WTO law. The topics that will be examined in the unit will include: the WTO in its historical and legal context; the WTO's institutional structure and decision making and negotiating processes; a number of the key WTO agreements in more detail; and the rules governing trade in goods and services in the WTO, in particular the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994 (GATT 1994) and the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), including national treatment, MFN treatment, tariff schedules, market access and key exceptions to the national treatment principle such as public morals, health and environment.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge and understanding of the history of the GATT and WTO and ongoing negotiations with creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice and/or for further learning;
  • Investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories in relation to the legal framework of the WTO, including the relationship between the various agreements, the relationship between the WTO agreements, international and national laws, and the dispute settlement process;
  • Conduct research into certain key WTO agreements, including advocating a particular position in a given hypothetical, potential or past case based on knowledge of appropriate research principles and methods; and
  • Use cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate at an abstract level complex ideas and concepts relevant to major WTO dispute settlement decisions regarding these WTO agreements, and be able to assess these decisions critically.


Take-home examination (3,000 words): 40%

Research assignment (4,500 words): 60%.

Workload requirements

24 contact hours per semester (either intensive, semi-intensive or semester long, depending on the Faculty resources, timetabling and requirements)