Not available in 2019/20
LL4B1      Half Unit
Foundations of International Economic Law

This information is for the 2019/20 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Christopher Thomas


This course is available on the LLM (extended part-time), LLM (full-time), MSc in Development Studies and University of Pennsylvania Law School LLM Visiting Students. 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. Students must apply through Graduate Course Choice on LSE for You.

Course content

The aim of the course is to study in detail those aspects of public international law which are concerned with international economic relations. We will concentrate on the core principles, norms and policies of international trade governed by the World Trade Organization. The course topics may include: • Historical background of the international economic order • Theoretical approaches to international political economy • WTO decision-making and dispute settlement • GATT/WTO basic principles: MFN, national treatment, tariffs, quotas and exceptions • Selected additional topics chosen from amongst: Trade in Services; Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights; Technical Barriers to Trade; Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures; Subsidies and Countermeasures; Anti-Dumping; Relationship between the WTO and regional integration; Trade and public health / environment / human rights / development.


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

There will be a reading week in week 6.

Formative coursework

One 2,000 word essay.

Indicative reading

Recommended: Trebilcock, Howse, and Eliason, The Regulation of International Trade (4th ed, Routledge, 2012); Van den Bossche, The Law and Policy of the World Trade Organization: Text, Cases and Materials (3rd ed, Cambridge UP, 2013).


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

Key facts

Department: Law

Total students 2018/19: 27

Average class size 2018/19: 27

Controlled access 2018/19: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Communication
  • Specialist skills