Law School Module Details

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Code LAW319
Coordinator Dr A Florou
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 6 FHEQ Second Semester 15


1. To stimulate the academic and practical interest of students in a challenging area of law.

2. To encourage and develop analytical thinking.

3. To enable the creation of effective solutions to legally and factually complex problems.

4. To develop the capacity to construct an effective argument, soundly based in critical analysis of the law both orally and in writing.

5. To cultivate a range of fundamental legal and transferable skills.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Demonstrate an understanding of the institutional and normative foundations of world trade law

(LO2) Evaluate the WTO covered agreements and their various implications from a legal perspective

(LO3) Appreciate the role of dispute settlement within world trade, including its merits and demerits

(LO4) Critically appraise world trade law from the perspective of different groups of states, business interests and other interest groups, including environmental and social interest groups

(LO5) Use and understand complex legal texts, case law, and academic writing to identify solutions for legal and policy issues arising from the application of world trade law

(S1) Communication - influencing skills -argumentation

(S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

(S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

(S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Problem identification

(S5) Working in groups and teams - Negotiation skills



The module will address key topics concerning the formation, application,and evolution of world trade law.

Some of the topics to be covered in the module are as follows:

1. Theory and ideology of trade law
2. Sources of world trade law and interpretation
3. Dispute settlement in trade
4. WTO Market Access and MFN
5. RTAs and PTAs
6. WTO National Treatment
7. General Exceptions
8. Trade in Services
9. Subsidies and Trade Defence Instrument
10. SPS and TBT
11. Trade and National Security
12. Reform of the WTO

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Patterns
Learning and teaching on this module will be structured in accordance with the principles of Hybrid Active Learning with asynchronous materials and synchronous seminar sessions. Asynchronous recordings provide material previously addressed in physical lectures, suitably broken down (‘chunking’) and augmented (e.g. quizzes etc) so as to enhance student engagement. Synchronous sessions will run on a fortnightly pattern across the semester (i.e. 6 in total) and will each have a duration of 2 hours.

Module Delivery
The course will be delivered through twelve asynchronous lectures 90-minute lectures and six synchronous 2-hour seminars.

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 22


Timetable (if known) 90 mins X 1 totaling 16.5
120 mins X 1 totaling 12
Private Study 116


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Part 2: A take-home exam , with two questions (up to 1500 words )This will count towards 80% of the final mark.      80       
Part 1: A case comment of no more than 1500 words on a relevant decision. This will count for 20% of the final mark.      20       

Recommended Texts

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Other Staff Teaching on this Module

Miss KV Ward Law

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