LL4AV      Half Unit
Global Trade Governance: Contemporary Issues

This information is for the 2016/17 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof 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 Only) 1. The WTO and global food governance: the SPS Agreement and the Agreement on Agriculture 2. Contemporary issues in subsidies regulation 3. Trade remedies and contingent protection 4. The TBT Agreement 5. Advanced issues in WTO dispute settlement 6. The new regionalism: TTIP and TPP 7. The new developmentalism 8. The WTO and the global financial crisis


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.

There are two textbooks for this course, and you may purchase either. One is Trebilcock and Howse, The Regulation of International Trade, 4th ed., (Routledge, 2013). The other is Van den Bossche, The Law and Policy of the World Trade Organization: Texts, Cases and Materials, 3rd ed., (Cambridge University Press, 2013). You must also purchase a copy of The Legal Texts: The Results of the Uruguay Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations, (Cambridge University Press). 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 Lester and Mercurio, World Trade Law: Text, Materials and Commentary (2nd ed, 2012).


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours, reading time: 15 minutes) in the main exam period.

Key facts

Department: Law

Total students 2015/16: 10

Average class size 2015/16: 10

Controlled access 2015/16: Yes

Value: Half Unit

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