LAWS338-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024

World Trade Law

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 15 July 2024
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 28 July 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 29 September 2024


An examination of the major agreements and institutions relating to international trade.

This course will provide an introduction to the regulation of international trade under the auspices of the World Trade Organization (WTO). New Zealand is a Member of the WTO, the organization responsible for regulating trade in goods, services and intellectual property at the international level. Moreover, these days trade rules impact on more than just trade: they restrict (or at least impact upon) Members’ policies in connection with (but not limited to) the environment, human rights, health, and culture.

The course will cover the institutional rules of the WTO set out in the WTO Agreement, the procedural rules set out in the Dispute Settlement Understanding (DSU), as well as the substantive rules. As to the substantive law, the course will focus on the three core WTO agreements, namely:
• the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (in goods) (GATT),
• the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), and
• the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS).

The GATT lays down the basic principles of trade liberalization and will therefore take centre stage. One of the main themes will be the relationship between the WTO rules and competing social policies, with special emphasis on trade and the environment. As far as trade in services is concerned, we will elaborate the differences in the way the WTO regulates trade in goods and services.

Learning Outcomes

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.



Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 12:00 - 13:00 Meremere 526
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 10:00 E5 Lecture Theatre
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct

Course Coordinator

Christian Riffel


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Essay 40%
Exam 60%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $893.00

International fee $4,663.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Faculty of Law .

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  • LAWS338-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024