Trade Law and the International System (720M3)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

Today’s international trading system is a complex mix of rapidly evolving political and economic arrangements, governed by thousands of agreements among more than two hundred nations.

This module provides you with holistic understanding of the interconnectedness of law in the international political economy. It examines key concepts and theories from law and international economic relations to critically examine historical trends and structural inequalities embedded in decision-making processes from a developed and developing country perspective.

You will gain a deeper understanding of the rules and rationales for economic integration, along with current trends towards non-compliance and disengagement from the WTO’s rules-based trading system.


100%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.