Filippo Fontanelli

Gastprofessor, LL.M., PhD

Kontakt: Martina Mittermayer (Sekretariat)


The aim of the course is to provide students with an advanced knowledge and critical understanding of the regulatory framework of the multilateral trade system, covering both the institutional and substantive law of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), which has played a central role in promoting and regulating international trade liberalisation since its establishment. Students will begin by reflecting on the theoretical arguments for and against free trade and on the role of law and institutions in international trade relations. The initial seminars of the course will then be dedicated to the institutional structure and decision-making processes of the WTO, including its unique system for the settlement of trade disputes. Subsequently, students will explore the key legal disciplines relating to international trade in goods and services, such as the core non-discrimination principles and market access rules, as well rules on subsidies, trade remedies and product standards.

Students will also engage with other substantive areas of WTO law, such as the WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights and the principle of special and differential treatment of developing count-ries. In addition, students will consider how WTO law interacts with other areas of international law and the extent to which WTO members can use trade measures to pursue other (non-trade) policy objectives, such as the protec-tion of public health or the environment. Students will be further exposed to some of the contemporary challenges facing the WTO, including the on-going Doha Round of multilateral trade negotiations, the proliferation of regional trade agreements and the organisation’s role in global economic governance.