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Postgraduate Module Descriptor

LAWM132: WTO Law and Society

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits30 ECTS Value15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Swati Gola (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


The World Trade Organisation (WTO) aims to create an open, non-discriminatory and rule-based multilateral trading system. The module will focus on the substantive law of the WTO, the key principles and rules of international trade. It will provide you with the necessary knowledge and analytical skills to critically examine the relevant legal texts of the WTO agreements and their basic rules and concepts, such as ‘national treatment’ and ‘most favoured nation’, as well as to understand the manner in which those rules have been interpreted and applied by the WTO’s dispute settlement body. The module will also give you the opportunity to examine the societal impacts of world trade law in domestic setting and its implications for human rights, environment protection and food security and how these issues have been dealt with by the WTO dispute settlement bodies and within the institution itself... No prior or specialist knowledge is required as a precursor to the course. The module will appeal to anyone who is interested in a practical introduction to the methodology of WTO law.

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