INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC LAW & RELATIONS
2011/2012, Semester 2
Modular Credits: LL4195 ( 4 ) / LL5195 ( 4 ) / LL6195 ( 4 )
This course examines the international law and international relations dimensions of the current international economic systems and discuss the various possibilities for future reforms in light of the past and recent global economic crises. While the discussion will be based on the Bretton Woods System (the GATT/WTO, the IMF, and the World Bank), the course will focus mainly on the international regulatory framework of finance and investment. The purpose of the course is to let the students develop a bird’s eye view of the legal aspects of the international economic architecture as well as the reasons – or the international political economy – behind its operation. Students will also be exposed certain fundamentals of international law and international relations concerning global economic affairs. Further, the course will examine the experiences of several countries’ economic development and their use of international economic law to achieve economic growth.
NUS Compulsory Core Curriculum or its equivalent
The course examines the following topics from an inter-discipinary approach integrating international law, international relations and international political economy.
Introduction to international economic law and international relations.
Historial foundation of the international economic system: the Bretton Woods System
The World Trading System: the evolution of the GATT/WTO
The law and politics of trade negotiations and trade dispute resolution
The law and politics of regional/free trade agreements
The IMF and World Bank as international organizations
The law and politics of the international monetary system
The law and politics of international investment law
Assessment of this course consists of two components:
Class participation/presentation: 20% of the final marks
A written assignment in the form of a research paper: 80% of the final marks.
: Students may choose their own topics for the written assignment, but must seek and obtain the lecturer's approval of the topic before
20 March 2012
. This will leave them one month to complete the assignment. The assignment must be submitted through IVLE at or before
the submission deadline: 5:30PM on 13 April 2012
Late submission will be considered as failing to take the examination and no extension of the deadline will be granted.
Workload Components : A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week