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MA - Intermediate/Advanced

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Trade has always been an essentially political endeavor, but it seems even more so in the last few decades.

Transatlantic trade wars and huge civil society protests around the world have catapulted the global trading system into the public eye and popular discourse. What is this trading system and how exactly do international trading agreements come to have such influence over domestic policymaking? In this course students will study key components of the global trading regime.

We start with the central institution of international trade, the World Trade Organization, and the agreements that established the institution. We will study several of the WTO agreements that have been central to controversy and conflict within the body, including the Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs) Agreement, the Agreement on Agriculture (AoA), and the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). We will study the nexus between trade and environment as it plays out through jurisprudence on specific complaints brought to the trade body, including the Shrimp-Turtle, Tuna-Dolphin, and Beef Hormone disputes. We will also study some of the most significant regional trade agreements, such as the North American Free Trade Agreement, and examine a few of the growing number of bilateral agreements.

This is an intermediate-advanced level course for students with some familiarity with international treaties and treaty making.

Evaluation will be based on class participation, several class presentations, and a final project.



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