This topic looks at the law of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the prime global regulator of international commerce. WTO law is located at the crossroads of the rules of international law and the politics of international relations, though this topic will focus mostly on the international law element. During the six weeks this intensive topic spans, we will explore: the background and structure of the WTO; dispute resolution within the WTO (and whether it is effective); the Most Favoured Nation and National Treatment principles (which are the WTO's "non-discrimination" principles); trade barriers and barriers to trade (including those that are relevant in the modern digital world); exceptions to WTO rules (both general and specific); and WTO law and The Peoples (which has a specific focus on indigenous populations).
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