LL4AV      Half Unit
Global Trade Governance: Contemporary Issues

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Andrew Lang NAB 6.19


This course is available on the Master of Laws and Master of Laws (extended part-time study). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

This course is capped at 30 students. LLM Specialisms. Students must apply through Graduate Course Choice on LSEforYou.

This course will be relevant to the following LLM specialisms: Competition, Innovations and Trade Law, Public International Law, International Business Law.


Students must have completed Foundations of International Economic Law (LL4B1).

Course content

The aim of this course is to allow students with a particular interest in global economic governance to explore a greater diversity of topics than is possible in one term only. At one level, this involves covering a greater range of WTO agreements, including this TBT Agreement, Subsidies Agreement, SPS Agreement, the GATS, TRIPs and others. In addition, however, there is a much greater emphasis in this course (as compared to the Core Principles course) on using issues of contemporary trade governance to explore broader questions concerning the modalities of contemporary economic governance at the global level. Core themes of concern will include: international legal pluralism; the role of knowledge practices and the aesthetics of expertise in international economic governance, international economic law ‘after the crisis’, the emergence of new ‘developmentalism’ and its prospects, and spaces and modalities of contestation in contemporary global economic governance. Class Schedule (Indicative) 1. The WTO and global food governance 2. Contemporary issues in subsidies regulation 3. Intellectual property 4. Technical regulations 5. Trade remedies and contingent protection 6. From multilateralism to regionalism 7. The new developmentalism 8. Expertise in global economic governance 9. Fragmentation and international legal pluralism 10. Revision class


20 hours of seminars in the LT. 2 hours of seminars in the ST.

Formative coursework

All students are expected to produce one 2,000 word formative essay during the course.

Indicative reading

Detailed reading lists and class outlines for each week are available through the Moodle page for this course. You are expected to come to class having read the Essential Reading for that week, all of which is readily available either in electronic form, or in hard-copy in the library. The items listed under Further Reading will assist those of you who wish to research more deeply into a particular topic, either in the context of exam preparation or the writing of a dissertation.
The textbook for this course is Lester and Mercurio, World Trade Law: Text, Materials and Commentary (2nd ed, 2012). You must also purchase a copy of The Legal Texts: The Results of the Uruguay Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations, (Cambridge University Press, 1999). This contains most of the basic documents required for the course. An unmarked version of this text will be the only text allowed into the examinations. Students should ensure that they refrain from marking the text.
You may find it helpful to own or have ready access to a copy of Van den Bossche, The Law and Policy of the World Trade Organization: Texts, Cases and Materials, 3rd ed., (Cambridge University Press, 2013), and/or Trebilcock and Howse, The Regulation of International Trade, 4th ed., (Routledge, 2012).


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.

Key facts

Department: Law

Total students 2012/13: Unavailable

Average class size 2012/13: Unavailable

Value: Half Unit

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