International Economic Law

Day Time Room
Thursday 12:15 - 13:45 RAI F-041

Reading materials for the lecture of 26.2. are available below!

International Economic Law Syllabus 2015 (PDF, 49 KB)

19.2.
 
Introduction to International Economic Law (Prof. Kaufmann)

Overview 

Economic Fundamentals

  • Introduction
  • The Theory of the Comparative Advantage
  • Monetary Systems and Exchange Rates, Balance of Payments

 
Reading Assignments Additional Reading
  • Text No. 1 Jost Delbrück
  • Text No. 2 Adam Smith
  • Text No. 3 David Ricardo
  • Text No. 4 Alan O. Sykes
  • Text No. 5 David Rodrik
  • Text No. 6
    Paul Krugman
  • Text No. 7
    Paul Samuelson
 
26.2.
 
 
The World Financial Order - A Historical and Contemporary Perspective (Prof. Weber)
Historical Background
  • Treaty of Versailles
  • Atlantic Charter and Bretton Woods

IMF and World Bank

  • Co-operation IMF / World Bank and WTO

International Monetary Policy

Financial / Economic Crisis

Reading Assignments:
5.3./12.3./19.3.Trade - The Law of the WTO (Prof. Weber)

Institutional Framework of the WTO

  • From GATT to WTO
  • Objectives and functions
  • Organization and decision-making

Principles

  • Most-favored-nation treatment
  • National treatment

Dispute Settlement

  • Principles
  • Institutions
  • Proceedings

19.3.: Guest Lecture

Prof. Gabrielle Marceau

  • Practice of WTO Dispute Settlement Bodies
26.3. No Class, replaced by guest lecture Prof. Colin Picker (5 May 2015)
2.4./16.4.
 
 
Trade and Environmental Protection (Prof. Weber)

Historical Overview of International Environmental Protection

Environmental Measures under WTO Law

  • Environmentally-unfavorable process and production methods
  • Extraterritoriality of environmentally favorable regulations
  • "Environmental exemptions" of Art. XX GATT

SPS Agreements

  • Harmonization: The benchmark of international standards
  • Risk assessment
  • Consumer rights to protection?
23.4./30.4./6.5.
 
The lecture of 7 May has been rescheduled to 6 May, 10.15-11.45 a.m., in room J-031, RAI!

Investment (Prof. Kaufmann)

Fundamentals

Customary International Law

  • Before World War I
  • Breakdown of the consensus
  • The classical Western view
  • Theory and practice
  • The UN's attempts to codify customary international law

Developments in jurisprudence

  • International Court of Justice
  • National courts

Evolving standards of international law

  • International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)
  • Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA)
  • Protection of investment under NAFTA
Reading Assignments Additional Reading
 
21.5.
 
 
Investments and Human Rights (Prof. Kaufmann)

The Role of Labour Rights

  • International Labour Organisation (ILO)
  • Core Labour Standards

OECD Guidelines on Multinational Enterprises

Reading assignments Additional reading
 
Attention: new 27.5.
This lecture has been rescheduled to 27 May 2015, 8-10 a.m., room J-031, RAI!

Linking it all: Case Studies (Prof. Kaufmann)

Investment, Trade, Environmental Protection and Human Rights

  • Tobacco Cases
  • Pension Fund Cases

One Issue but Different Proceedings

  • Chevron Cases
Reading assignments
Additional Reading