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POLSC412: International Law

Unit 6: International Laws That Regulate Trade and Commerce   Unit 6 Time Advisory
This unit will take you approximately 10 hours to complete. 

☐    Subunit 6.1: 4 hours

☐    Subunit 6.2: 4 hours

☐    Subunit 6.3: 2 hours 

Unit6 Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this unit, the student will be able to:
- Explain the roles of the WTO and UNCITRAL in regulating international trade. - Discuss international treaties and laws that seek to regulate trade. - Identify difficulties that can arise in the enforcement of international laws and treaties pertaining to trade.

6.1 The World Trade Organization (WTO)   In this unit, you will learn about the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the role that it plays in regulating international trade. 

  • Reading: World Trade Organization: “What is the World Trade Organization?” Link: World Trade Organization: “What is the World Trade Organization?” (HTML)
     
    Instructions: Please go to the linked page and read the article, which explains the function and jurisdiction of the WTO.
     
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  • Reading: World Trade Organization: “The WTO in Brief” Link: World Trade Organization: “The WTO in Brief” (HTML or PDF)
     
    Instructions: Please go to the linked page and read the article, which explains the mission of the WTO.  You can also access a PDF version from the link on the right hand side of the page.
     
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  • Reading: World Trade Organization: “10 Benefits of the WTO Trading System” Link: World Trade Organization: “10 Benefits of the WTO Trading System” (HTML or PDF)
     
    Instructions: Please go to the linked page and read the article, which explains the benefits of the WTO trade system.  You can also access a PDF version from the link on the right hand side of the page.
     
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  • Reading: World Trade Organization: “10 Common Misunderstandings about the WTO” Link: World Trade Organization: “10 Common Misunderstandings about the WTO” (HTML or PDF)
     
    Instructions: Please go to the linked page and read the article, which discusses common misunderstandings about the role and operation of the WTO trade system. Be sure to click each of the links at the bottom of the page to read details about each of the 10 misunderstandings.  You can also access a PDF version from the link on the right hand side of the page.
     
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  • Reading: Reading: United Nations: Gabrielle Marceau’s “General Presentation of the WTO Agreement” Link: United Nations: Gabrielle Marceau’s “General Presentation of the WTO Agreement” (PDF)
     
    Instructions: Click on the “Related Materials” tab and download the article entitled “General Presentation of the WTO Agreement.”  Please read the article, which explains the history of the WTO and the impact it has had to date on international trade.
     
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  • Web Media: The United Nations’ Audiovisual Library of International Law: Gabrielle Marceau’s “The General Basic Legal Principles that Underpin the International Trading System (The Basic Legal Principles of the WTO)” Link: The United Nations’ Audiovisual Library of International Law: Gabrielle Marceau’s “The General Basic Legal Principles that Underpin the International Trading System (The Basic Legal Principles of the WTO)” (RealPlayer Video)
     
    Instructions: Click on the “Video” link in the middle of the page.  Please watch the video presentation (65 mins.).
     
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  • Web Media: The United Nations’ Audiovisual Library of International Law: Pascal Lamy’s “The Relationship between WTO Law and General International Law” Link: The United Nations’ Audiovisual Library of International Law: Pascal Lamy’s “The Relationship between WTO Law and General International Law” (RealPlayer Video)
     
    Instructions: Click on the “Video” link in the middle of the page.  Please watch the video presentation (58 mins.).
     
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6.2 The United Nations Commission on International Trade (UNCITRAL)   In this unit, you will learn about the United Nations Commission on International Trade (UNCITRAL) and the role that it plays in regulating international trade.

  • Reading: United Nations: The UNCITRAL Guide: Basic Facts about the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law Link: United Nations: The UNCITRAL Guide: Basic Facts about the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (PDF)
     
    Instructions: Click on the link titled “The UNCITRAL Guide.”  Please read the article, which explains the role of the UNCITRAL in regulating international trade.
     
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  • Web Media: The United Nations’ Audiovisual Library of International Law: Jernej Sekolec’s “The Role of UNCITRAL in the Harmonization and the Modernization of the Law of International Trade” Link: The United Nations’ Audiovisual Library of International Law: Jernej Sekolec’s “The Role of UNCITRAL in the Harmonization and the Modernization of the Law of International Trade” (RealPlayer Video)
     
    Instructions: Click on the “Video” link under the “UNCITRAL” heading.  Please watch the video presentation (47 mins.).
     
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6.3 Additional International Laws Pertaining to Commerce and Business   - Web Media: The United Nations’ Audiovisual Library of International Law: Anne Trebilcock’s “The Development of International Labour Law” Link: The United Nations’ Audiovisual Library of International Law: Anne Trebilcock’s “The Development of International Labour Law” (RealPlayer Video)
 
Instructions: Please watch the video presentation (47 mins.).
 
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  • Web Media: The United Nations’ Audiovisual Library of International Law: W. Michael Reisman’s “Foreign Investment, Economic Development and National Sovereignty” Link: The United Nations’ Audiovisual Library of International Law: W. Michael Reisman’s “Foreign Investment, Economic Development and National Sovereignty” (RealPlayer Video)
     
    Instructions: Please watch the video presentation (51 mins.).
     
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