3 ECTS credits
75 h study time

Offer 1 with catalog number 8020305GNR for all students in the 1st semester at a (G) Postgraduate - preliminary level.

1st semester
Enrollment based on exam contract
Grading method
Grading (scale from 0 to 20)
Can retake in second session
Taught in
Faculty of Law and Criminology
Economic Law
Educational team
Kim Van Der Borght (course titular)
Roberto Reyes Barrera
Activities and contact hours
21 contact hours Lecture
Course Content



  1. Philosophy of international trade
  2. Elements and Principles of international and regional trade law
  3. Dispute Settlement
  4. Trade & Money: exchange rates, balance of payments
  5. Tariffs, MFN, regional exceptionalism
  6. Trade Policy, Health & Safety
  7. Trade Defence
  8. Trade in Services
  9. Intellectual property (TRIPS)
  10. Trade and People
Course material
Handbook (Recommended) : The Regulation of International Trade, The WTO and Beyond, Michael Trebilcock, Robert Howse & Antonia Eliason, 3de, Routledge, 2012, 9780199553778, 2010
Handbook (Recommended) : The Law and Policy of the World Trade Organization, Text, Cases and Materials, Peter Van den Bossche, 4de, Cambridge University Press, 9781316610527, 2017
Additional info

Complementary study material


  • Bernard Hoekman and Michel Kostecki, The Political Economy of the World Trading System. WTO and Beyond (2008).
  • Peter Van den Bossche & Werner Zdouc, The Law and Policy of the World Trade Organization (Cambridge University Press, 2013).
Learning Outcomes

General competences

Learning objectives


The learning objectives of the module are:


  • A systematic understanding, critical awareness and new insights on the law and policy as the forefront of the subject.
  • Originality in the application of this knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research enquiry are used to create and develop knowledge in the subject.
  • A comprehensive understanding of how to carry out original and independent research in the area.
  • An ability to evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in the subject area and to advance new or critical commentaries on the subject.
  • Engage in academic debate and present their ideas and opinions in a structured and accurate manner.


The final grade is composed based on the following categories:
SELF Paper determines 100% of the final mark.

Within the SELF Paper category, the following assignments need to be completed:

  • Paper with a relative weight of 100 which comprises 100% of the final mark.

Additional info regarding evaluation


Allowed unsatisfactory mark
The supplementary Teaching and Examination Regulations of your faculty stipulate whether an allowed unsatisfactory mark for this programme unit is permitted.

Academic context

This offer is part of the following study plans:
Postgraduate Certificate Economic Diplomacy: Standaard traject
Postgraduate Certificate Flagship Programme in Economic Diplomacy and International Business: Standaard traject