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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Russia and the Former Soviet Space
Module Code LG524A
School School of Law & Government
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Donnacha O Beachain
Semester 2: Donnacha O Beachain
Autumn: Donnacha O Beachain
Module TeachersWalt Kilroy
Donnacha O Beachain
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module aims to inform students of the legal structures and mechanisms that underlie International and Regional Trade. The module provides an insight into the aim, function and organisation of the WTO. Students will examine major trends in international trade and the role of the WTO, including trade liberalisation. Students will be able to critically assess how international trade law impacts on the right to sustainable development, international environmental protection, international human rights, and the exploitation of natural resources. The knowledge gained in this module will be a platform for the analysis of international legislation and state practice.

Learning Outcomes

1. Analyse the structure and functioning of the WTO
2. Critique the main principles and rules of the WTO and regional trade systems
3. Examine the relationship between international trade law and other areas of law including international human rights law, labour law, environmental law
4. Appraise and debate the impact of the international trade law regime on States and non-State actors, such as Multinational Corporations, with reference to relevant legal provisions and academic commentary

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture242 hour lecture. Class discussion. Case studies
Independent Study226Research. Reading. Case studies. Assessment and exam preparation
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

Rules and Laws of WTO
How does the WTO function?

International Trade Law and the Environment
Can international trade law be regulated to consider environmental issues adequately?

Intellectual Property Rights
Trade in medicine

Developing Countries and the International Trade Law Regime
What is the relationship between international trade law and developing countries?

Multinational Corporations
Can MNCs be regulated by international law?

Regional Trade Rules
The relationship between the EU, NAFTA etc and the WTO

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
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

  • Alston, P: 2005, NonState Actors and Human Rights, OUP, Oxford,
  • Cottier, T.: 2005, Human Rights and International Trade, OUP, Oxford,
  • Cass, D.: 2005, The Constitutionalisation of the WTO, OUP, Oxford,
  • Charnovitz, S.: 2002, Trade Law and Global Governance, Cameron May, London,
  • Dine, J.: 2005, Companies, International Trade and Human Rights, CUP, Cambridge,
  • Gallagher, P.: 2005, The First 10 Years of the WTO, CUP, Cambridge,
  • Gonzalea-Pelaez, A.: 2005, Human Rights and World Trade, Routledge, London, New York,
  • Matsushita, M.: 2003, The World Trade Organization: law, practice, and policy, OUP, Oxford,
  • Matthews, D.: 2002, Globalising intellectual property rights: the TRIPs Agreement, Routledge, London,
  • Odell, J.: 2006, Negotiating Trade: Developing Countries in the WTO and NAFTA, CUP, Cambridge,
  • Petersmann, E.U. (ed.): 2005, Reforming the world trading system: legitimacy, efficiency, and democratic governance, OUP, Oxford,
  • van Dijck, P. et al.: 2006, Developing countries and the Doha development agenda of the WTO, Routledge, New York,
  • van der Borght, K.: 2003, Essays on the Future of the WTO, Cameron May, London,
  • van den Bossche, P.: 2005, The Law and Policy of the WTO, CUP, Cambridge,
Other Resources

25180, Moodle, 0, Class Notes and Other Relevant Resources are available on the Moodle page for the Module,
Programme or List of Programmes
MIRMA in International Relations
MISCMA in International Security & Conflict
Date of Last Revision05-OCT-10

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