International Trade and Investment Law

Dit vak wordt in het Engels aangeboden. Omschrijvingen kunnen daardoor mogelijk alleen in het Engels worden weergegeven.

Doel vak

The course focuses on the needs of the international business
practitioners. In particular, this course aims to enable the
(1) to understand principles and rules of the world trading and
investment system such as the objective of liberalization,
non-discrimination, market access and protection of societal values
(2) to adopt an independent and critical attitude with regard to
existing principles and rules
(3) to understand current developments such as the emergence of
comprehensive regional trade and investment agreements and their
relation to the world trading system
(4) to develop analytical skills to apply acquired knowledge and
insights to concrete problems in the area of international trade and
investment law.
(5) to develop a self-critical attitude that enables participants to
independently acquire new knowledge and to improve their analytical and
research skills.

Inhoud vak

1. World trading and investment system
• Interface between trade, investment and monetary systems
• Interpreting trade and investment law
• WTO Single Undertaking: Agreements and Understandings
• Understanding sustainable development
2. Principles of trade liberalization
• Market access rules GATT and GATS
• MFN and NT /concept of ‘like’ product
• Regionalism
• Agriculture
• General / Security exceptions
• Safeguard measures
• Art. XX GATT, SPS and TBT
• Trade remedies (dumping, subsidies)
5. International Investment Law
• Development and sources of FDI
• Structure of BITs
• Market access rules
• Fair and equitable treatment
• (In)direct expropriation
• Compensation
• Full protection and security
• Dispute Settlement


Teaching and class discussions. Students are expected to read the
assigned literature in advance. Literature consists of reading materials
and lecture notes. Participation includes attendance, participation in
discussions and responding to questions.


The course will be evaluated by three assignments (counting resp. for
20, 30 and 35% of the final grade) and class participation (15%).
Participation includes attendance, participation in class discussions
and responding to questions. When writing assignments students should
refer to relevant sources such as treaties, case law and other primary
and secondary sources. Criteria for grading assignments are:
- conciseness and being to-the-point
- argumentation supported by legal sources
- structure in sections and paragraphs
- creativity
- use of language

Vereiste voorkennis

Students are expected to have basic knowledge of public international


1. Michael J. Trebilcock, Advanced Introduction to International Trade
Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015
2. Robert Dolzer and Christoph Schreuer, Principles of International
Investment Law (2nd edition), Oxford University Press, 2012
3. Case law in
4. More literature posted on BlackBoard


The course is intended for International Business Law and Transnational
Legal Studies - students.

The course NOT available for Exchange students.

Algemene informatie

Vakcode R_IntTIl6e
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P2
Vakniveau 400
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Rechtsgeleerdheid
Vakcoördinator dr. H.M.G. Denters
Examinator dr. H.M.G. Denters
Docenten dr. H.M.G. Denters

Praktische informatie

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