International Trade Law (2020/2021)

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Name of lecturers
Annalisa Ciampi, Andrea Carlevaris
Annalisa Ciampi
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2° periodo di lezioni - febbraio/marzo 2021 dal Feb 15, 2021 al Mar 29, 2021.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

This course deals with the international regulation of trade relationships between States and between private parties in the framework of the globalized world economy at the beginning of the second Millennium. The focus is on the law of the World Trade Organization (WTO) as the main multilateral regulation of trade. The course concentrates on the origins of the multilateral commercial system (ITO and GATT 1947) and the WTO institutional framework including the dispute settlement solution system. A part of the course is devoted to the study of trade relations under EU law and the treaties in force for the Italian State.
At the end of the course, students will understand the working of international trade relations through the direct finding and use of relevant international instruments and related case-law.


The course will focus on general issues including: Multilateralism, sectorial approach and regionalism in the governance of the world economy; From GATT 1947 to the WTO: the Uruguay Round Results. The WTO institutional framework; The Dispute Settlement System; the principle of international trade; trading within the EU.
The course is taught in English and will benefit from the participation of international guest lecturers, with academic and professional expertise in WTO dispute settlement. The teaching method combines lectures, case studies and group discussion.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Venturini (a cura di) L'Organizzazione mondiale del commercio Giuffrè 2015

Assessment methods and criteria

Attending students shall prepare on their notes, the WTO Agreements, Panels and Appellate Body Reports and the other materials indicated during the course and made available on moodle.
Students who did not attend the course shall prepare on: G. Venturini (ed.), L'organizzazione mondiale del commercio, 3 ed., Giuffré, 2015, pp. 3-126 and 275-330.
The examination shall be in English for attending students (modalities to be agreed upon during the course). It shall be in Italian for non attending students (3 written questions and an oral interview).