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’, obtained broad significance.

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

In the light of global backlash against international trade agreements, you will consider how they are structured and implemented, their key principles, and how they interact with regulatory ‘sovereignty’ in areas such as:

  • health
  • environmental protection
  • the digital economy.


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 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: