- At the end of the course, students will be well versed in the on-going discussion regarding liberalization of digital trade, as well as the remaining challenges in order to integrate national digital markets.
Section 001, Fall 2019
This seminar focuses on a specific trade issue, and has a different substantive content each year. The purpose of the seminar is to provide a comprehensive discussion of a particular topic that comes under the aegis of the WTO (World Trade Organization) mandate. Following an introduction by Profs. Janow and Mavroidis, well-known experts in the field of international trade (economists, lawyers and political scientists from both academia and international organizations) will present papers that will be discussed in class. In past editions, we have dealt with preferential agreements and the problems they raise for WTO, concerns of developing countries, the challenges posed by Chinese state owned enterprises etc. The seminar is open to students of both CLS, and SIPA, and enrollment in the class is limited to 25 students in order to facilitate classroom discussions. Students are required to write a comprehensive paper by the end of the semester on a topic that has been discussed during the semester, and has been agreed with the two professors.
Fall 2019: The World Trade Organization (WTO) is in trouble. Its inability to conclude the Doha Development Round of multilateral trade negotiations, the manner in which it has (mis-)handled the challenges posed by China’s membership in the WTO; the US critique and opposition to the appointment and rulings of the Appellate Body, the highest organ for dispute adjudication at the WTO; the inability to advance a future oriented agenda; among other deficiencies have dealt a serious (possibly devastating?) series of blows to the credibility and legitimacy of the institution. At the same time, it represents an important rules-based regime that offers a measure of safety and security to the international trading system. Moreover, some of the criticism may be misplaced or exaggerated. The purpose of this seminar is to consider a number of key areas that have generated controversy and concern about the operation of the WTO and to invite authors that will help us distinguish wheat from chaff.
M 4:20-6:10 pm
Method of Evaluation
J.D. Writing Credit