LL412E      Half Unit
International Economic Law I

This information is for the 2018/19 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Andrew Lang NAB6.19


This course is available on the Executive LLM. This course is not available as an outside option.

This course will be offered on the Executive LLM during the four year degree period. The Department of Law will not offer all Executive LLM courses every year, although some of the more popular courses may be offered in each year, or more than once each year. Please note that whilst it is the Department of Law's intention to offer all Executive LLM courses, its ability to do so will depend on the availability of the staff member in question. For more information please refer to the Department of Law website.

Course content

The aim of the course is to introduce students to the field of international economic law: its principles, rules, practices, and institutions, and the debates which attend each. The course focuses on the public international law rules and institutions which govern international trade. Students will be given a grounding in the jurisprudence of the WTO, but will also be introduced to interdisciplinary material on the broader political, economic, institutional and normative contexts in which international economic law operates. Key themes will include the question of ‘development’ and developing countries, the role of expertise in global economic governance, and institutional aspects of judicial international dispute settlement. Students will be expected to engage with the principles and practice of international economic law both at the technical level, and at the level of critical reflection.


24-26 hours of contact time.

Formative coursework

Students will have the option of producing a formative exam question of 2000 words to be delivered one month from the end of the module’s teaching session by email.

Indicative reading

M.J. Trebilcock, R. Howse and A. Eliason, The Regulation of International Trade, 4th ed., Routledge, 2012; P. Van den Bossche and W. Zdouc, The Law and Policy of the World Trade Organization: Text, Cases and Materials, 3rd ed., Cambridge UP, 2013; S. Lester and B. Mercurio, World Trade Law: Texts, Materials and Commentary, 2nd ed., Hart Publishing 2012.


Assessment path 1
Essay (100%, 8000 words).

Assessment path 2
Take home exam (100%).

Key facts

Department: Law

Total students 2017/18: Unavailable

Average class size 2017/18: Unavailable

Controlled access 2017/18: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Communication
  • Specialist skills