MVV240K Law of World Trade Organisation

Právnická fakulta
podzim 2017
0/1/0. 5 kr. Ukončení: k.
Dr. Ana Kostava (přednášející), doc. JUDr. Ing. Michal Radvan, Ph.D. (zástupce)
doc. JUDr. Ing. Michal Radvan, Ph.D.
Právnická fakulta
Kontaktní osoba: Mgr. Věra Redrupová, B.A.
Dodavatelské pracoviště: Právnická fakulta
Rozvrh seminárních/paralelních skupin
MVV240K/01: St 1. 11. 16:40–18:10 025, 18:15–19:45 025, Čt 2. 11. 18:15–19:45 025, Po 6. 11. 18:15–19:45 025, Út 7. 11. 9:35–11:05 025, 11:10–12:40 025
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Výstupy z učení
At the end of the course, students should have an appreciation of the purpose and functions of the WTO and be familiar with its rules and jurisprudence. The course presumes no prior knowledge of economics or trade policy. It is an advantage, though not mandatory, to have a background in public international law.
  • 1. From the Havana Charter to the WTO: Why Liberalize Trade? - Historical background, Bretton Woods origins, evolution from GATT to WTO;
  • - WTO legal structure, institutional provisions, decision-making, accession of new Members, role of civil society and NGOs
  • Reading: Understanding the WTO, publication available at: Pages 49-154, Van den Bossche
  • 2. Border measures (tariffs, quotas, customs valuation, rules of origin) and Non-discrimination (MFN and National Treatment)
  • Reading: Pages 315-335, 345-346, 349-403 & 414-416, 418-498, Van den Bossche
  • 3. Technical Barriers to Trade (technical regulations & standards) and Sanitary & phytosanitary (SPS) measures
  • Reading: Pages 850-891, 894-950, Van den Bossche
  • 4. Trade in agriculture – market access and subsidies
  • Reading: Pages 835-845, Van den Bossche (Section 12.9 - Subsidies) • Pages 488-489, Van den Bossche (Section – Quantitative Restrictions)
  • 5. General exceptions (including GATT Articles XX and XXI) -- health, environment, and other concern
  • Reading: Pages 543-604, Van den Bossche (Chapter 8)
  • 6. Dumping and antidumping measures and Subsidies and countervailing measures
  • Reading: Pages 674-742, Van den Bossche (Chapter 11) and • Pages 745-832, 834-835 & 845-849, Van den Bossche (Sections 12.1-12.6, 12.8 & 12.10)
  • See Teacher's information for the full list.
Výukové metody
The course's main method is interactive, a direct approach to learning English for academic and general purposes. The methods of the course will be diverse, but will include a combination of lecture, readings, discussion, independent work, group work, etc.
• One of the elements to ensure the interactive course is doing partial reading of the new material by students before the lecture.
• In order to have better comprehension of the issues of this complex subject, there is an expectation that students will make themselves familiar with the material in order to get actively engaged in putting questions during lecture.
• One of the most important reasons for success of the course is the constant active involvement of students in discussions during the seminar.
• In order to make discussions more active, different groups of students will at times be given homework to prepare presentations for the rest of the class on the topic relevant to the course.
Along with the oral presentation of material at the lecture, the method of demonstration will also be used at the lecture which will ensure the visual presentation of information. The demonstration of the material to learn will make the comprehension of the material easier. Particular attention shall be paid to discussing concrete issues and the joint consideration and analysis of interrelated issues. The concrete examples – cases – will be examined during the explanation of the material within the scope of each of the topics covered.
The lectures will be based on seminar method, implying the consideration of Appellate body cases. There shall be discussions and debates extensively promoted to have as many students involved in consideration of the topic as possible. The process of involvement of students in debates and discussions during seminars will not be only limited to promoting the discussion based on questions put by the professor. This method will develop the skills of debating, public speaking and justifying one’s position.
Metody hodnocení
The assessment of the class will be made on the basis of two take-home exams, each accounting for 50% and class participation as described below. Please note that there will be no adjustments of the times and dates indicated below unless this becomes necessary due to exceptional considerations.
The Initial Exam will be a short case study and/or essay question to be analysed individually by each student. It will be handed-out on Tuesday 7 November 13:00, via email. The exam should be completed and sent by email before Saturday 11 November, at 23:00. Further instructions about the exam will be provided throughout the course and together with the exam.
The Second Exam will consist of a number of shorter questions covering the material of the entire course. It will be handed-out on Monday 18 December, at 13:00 via email. The exam should be completed and sent by email before Friday 22 December, at 23:00. Further instructions about the exam will be provided throughout the course and together with the exam.
Class participation: Class participation is mandatory and will be taken into account in the final grade: active and high quality participation will be rewarded with a bonus of up to 1 pt (out of a total of 6.0 pt.). Persistent non-participation may be sanctioned by up to 0.5 pt per class. Both bonus and deduction are at the sole discretion of the Lecturer.
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Informace učitele
The aim of the course is to provide students with knowledge and critical understanding of the regulatory framework of the world trading system, covering both the institutional and substantive law of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The course will focus in particular on the disciplines governing trade in goods, services and the trade-related aspects of intellectual property rights. Following topics will be covered: the history of the GATT and the institutionalization of the WTO, the dispute settlement procedure, the basic rules (including the exemptions, etc.) of the exchange of goods (GATT) and services (GATS). The 'case-law' of the Dispute Settlement Body and on the relationship between WTO law, domestic laws (including the Community legal order) and general international law will be central in the course.

Main textbook of the Course will be Peter Van den Bossche and Werner Zdouc, The Law and Policy of the World Trade Organization - Text Cases and Materials, 3rd edition (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013). The legal materials are provided in WTO, The Legal Texts – The Results of the Uruguay Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations (WTO/Cambridge University Press, 2007, revised version or an older version, such as the 1999 version). Students will also be asked to read additional material related to specific topics. Such materials will be made available electronically.
Treaties & Legal Texts: WTO Secretariat, The Results of the Uruguay Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations: The Legal Texts (Cambridge University Press/WTO) – available at
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