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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title EU Trade Law and Policy
Module Code LG5070A
School School of Law & Government
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Niall Moran
Semester 2: Niall Moran
Autumn: Niall Moran
Module TeachersNiall Moran
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module explores central topics in EU trade law and policy, emphasising the interplay between various economic and political interests on the domestic, European and international levels. It considers the role of the EU as an actor at the World Trade Organization and in Regional Trade Agreements (RTAs). The module examines: 1) EU trade negotiations both multilaterally and bilaterally; 2) the current trade rulebook to which the EU is subscribed at the WTO and under its RTAs; 3) trade disputes, dispute settlement and case law involving the EU at the WTO and under the EU’s RTAs; and 4) EU ‘trade defence instruments’ and recent EU initiatives including its carbon-border adjustment mechanism (CBAM), the EU’s newly proposed anti-coercion instrument (ACI), rules on foreign subsidies and procurement, co-ordinated FDI screening, ban on imports using forced labour etc. The module will look at these issues from legal, historical, political, and economic perspectives.

Learning Outcomes

1. 1. Describe EU trade policy with reference to WTO law, EU regional trade agreements, and other EU trade instruments.
2. 2. Identify and discuss the main bodies of the WTO and how the EU interacts with them with respect to the structure, functions and powers of each.
3. 3. Be able to interpret and apply key WTO and regional trade agreements, including advocating positions in hypothetical or past cases.
4. 4. Critically analyse EU trade policy and contemporary trade disputes in which the EU has been a participant.
5. 5. Assess key challenges for EU trade policy today.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Assessment Feedback22No Description
Assignment Completion102Preparing and submitting policy paper Preparing and submitting research paper
Assignment Completion126Preparatory Readings for Class, background readings for assessments Preparing and submitting 2-3 questions for weekly submission, 30 minutes Preparing for group presentation
Total Workload: 250

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Indicative Content and Learning Activities
• Introduction: EU Trade Law & Policy • EU trade negotiations at the bilateral and multilateral levels • The WTO and the WTO Agreements • The EU’s current free trade agreements • The EU experience of dispute settlement at the WTO and under EU agreements • EU trade disputes • The EU trade agenda: from ‘trade for all’ to ‘open strategic autonomy’ • EU trade defence instruments and other recent initiatives • Current issues in EU trade policy

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Research Papern/a80%n/a
PresentationGroup presentation10%n/a
In Class TestFormulating questions for class discussion10%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Peter Van den Bossche and Werner Zdouc: 2021, The Law and Policy of the World Trade Organization: Text, Cases and Materials, 5th,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
MELPMaster of Arts in European Law & Policy
MPPMSc in Public Policy

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