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    This paper introduces students to the multilateral legal rules governing international trade with particular focus on the World Trade Organisation. There will also be a focus on recent challenges to the multilateral system arising out of events including the US China trade war and the Covid-19 pandemic.

    About this paper

    Paper title Special Topic: International Trade Regulation
    Subject Law
    EFTS 0.1
    Points 15 points
    Teaching period Summer School (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $730.20
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    96 LAWS points
    Pre or Corequisite
    Any 200-level LAWS paper not already passed
    Limited to
    LLB, LLB(Hons)
    Not all optional papers will be available in any given year.
    LLB and LLB(Hons) students (Otago) will be eligible to enrol in this paper if they meet the prerequisite regarding second-year Law papers.
    Teaching staff

    Dr Tracey Epps


    Course materials are provided.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes
    • Knowledge of the basics of trade policy and of the objections to and sources of opposition to liberalised trade
    • Knowledge of how economic and political forces have shaped trade policy in New Zealand and elsewhere and how they may shape future policy
    • Knowledge of the institutional framework of international trading relations
    • Knowledge of the core components of international trade rules as they affect New Zealand and its trading partners
    • Knowledge of important World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement cases in areas of trade studied
    • The ability to analyse the application of international trade rules to the types of factual situations that may be faced by the New Zealand government and New Zealand exporters
    • The ability to adapt knowledge and understanding of WTO rules to the regional and bilateral contexts


    Summer School

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Thursday 17:30-20:20 2, 6
    Saturday 10:00-17:50 3
    Sunday 10:00-17:50 3
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