International Trade Law (M5015)

15 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

Globally, international trade is an increasingly controversial and prominent issue. In the UK’s process of leaving the EU, technical trade concepts, such as the ‘Most Favoured Nation’ principle and ‘customs union’, have obtained broad significance.

In this module you will examine the core legal principles that underpin both Free Trade Agreements and the World Trade Organisation.

You will consider how international trade agreements are structured and implemented, their key principles, and how they interact with regulatory ‘sovereignty’ in areas such as health, environmental protection and the digital economy.

This module complements the International Economic Disputes module.


100%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 20 hours of contact time and about 130 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.


This module is offered on the following courses: