Sustainable Development in Global Trade (WTO) Law

A.Y. 2019/2020
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims at
- analyzing international trade law and its relationship with the international framework on sustainable development;
- Examining the main WTO covered agreements and Regional Trade Agreements, in light of the connected issues concerning sustainable development.
Expected learning outcomes
By the end of this course, students should be able to:
- understand and evaluate critically the international trade legal issues and their relationship with sustainable development;
- interpret the international trade legal provisions, taking account of the international legal framework on sustainable development;
- understand and evaluate critically the jurisprudence developed by the WTO in this field and the law-making process, as currently evolving within and out of the WTO;
- use their communication skills (written and oral) in this field, including arguing convincingly, with logical and legal thoroughness and propriety of legal language.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Course syllabus
This course aims at providing students with the legal tools and the proper legal method to deal with sustainable development in global trade law. The course follows an international law perspective and focuses on the analysis of the World Trade Organization (WTO) legal framework and the Regional Trade Agreements (RTAs) and their relationship with the rules and principles on sustainable development. To this aim, it provides a general overview of the legal discipline of international trade, with a focus on the international trade of goods. Specific attention is devoted to the analysis of the interaction between the WTO/RTAs rules and the legal discipline of non-trade concerns, such as the protection of fundamental human rights and the environment, as developed through the WTO dispute settlement.

Detailed programme:
Part I:
· Sustainable development as an objective of the WTO /RTAs
· Institutional issues
Part II:
· Sustainable development in trade of goods
· The GATT (General Agreement on General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade)
· the SPS Agreement (Agreement on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures)
· the TBT Agreement (Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade)
Part III:
· RTAs
· The treatment of developing countries.
Prerequisites for admission
A good command over international law is recommended.
Teaching methods
Class attendance (70%) is mandatory. The course is structured on lectures, case-studies and mock trials. Students are called to examine the relevant jurisprudence and to participate to the mock trials carried out in class. The working language is English.
Teaching Resources
A list of suggested and mandatory readings and the didactic material is available on-line (ARIEL). The detailed course programme is provided at the beginning of the course
Assessment methods and Criteria
Students are evaluated through partial exams taken during the course (case-studies, mock trials, written test, work-in-team and individual presentations). The final mark consists of the average of the marks obtained in the partial exams.
IUS/13 - INTERNATIONAL LAW - University credits: 6
Lessons: 42 hours
Professor: Bonfanti Angelica
Wednesday from 16:00 to 18:00
Department of Italian and Supranational Public Law - because of coronavirus emergency, office hours are online- please contact Prof. Bonfanti by email