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2019/2020  KAN-CJURV2103U  Fundamentals of International Economic Law

English Title
Fundamentals of International Economic Law

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc/MSc in Business Administration and Commercial Law, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Henrik Andersen - CBS Law
Main academic disciplines
  • Business Law
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 11-03-2019

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Learning objectives
  • Understand how economic activities are regulated at international level.
  • Be able to analyse the regulatory framework under which economically interdependent states operate
  • Have broad comprehension of legal regulation at GATT/WTO level
  • Analyse the different ways in which national and international regulation interact.
  • Discuss and propose alternatives to present solutions and understand policymaking of international trade
  • Understand and discuss economic theories of trade agreements
Fundamentals of International Economic Law:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Written sit-in exam on CBS' computers
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration 3 hours
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Winter
Aids Limited aids, see the list below:
The student is allowed to bring
  • USB key for uploading of notes, books and compendiums in a non-executable format (no applications, application fragments, IT tools etc.)
  • Any calculator
  • Books (including translation dictionaries), compendiums and notes in paper format
The student will have access to
  • Access to Canvas
  • Access to the personal drive (S-drive) on CBS´ network
  • Advanced IT application package
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
If the number of registered candidates for the make-up examination/re-take examination warrants that it may most appropriately be held as an oral examination, the programme office will inform the students that the make-up examination/re-take examination will be held as an oral examination instead.
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

With the growing importance of the world trade, the knowledge of public regulation of international economic activities has become a necessity.

Lawyers working in international and business environments increasingly have a need to understand the regulatory framework under which economically interdependent states operate. The understanding and expectations to legal certainty of the regulatory framework of international trade is essential for global businesses in order to plan their trade in goods and services and their protection of intellectual property rights on global scale.  

The course gives an overview of the law, economics and policies underlying international economic relations and teaches the principles of international economic regulation.

The course covers the regulation of international trade in goods, services and intellectual property rights with special focus on the law and economics of the WTO. It covers:

- Legal Foundations of International Economic Integration

- GATT/WTO System, rules on international trade and dispute resolving mechanisms.

- Global Intellectual Property law 

- Global Trade and Social Issues


- Economic rationale for trade agreements

The course is taught through lectures with class-discussions and through case-studies. Thorough preparation and in-class participation is expected.

Description of the teaching methods
lectures + small group discussions during class + case-studies
Feedback during the teaching period
Question time in lectures. Exam preparation in last class. Office hours.
Student workload
Preparation time (readings, group work etc.) 120 hours
Lectures / class exercises / 33 hours
Exam (incl. preparation for the exam and actual exam period) 48 hours
Expected literature

All literature on CBS Learn:

The Law and Policies of the World Trade Organization, Van den Bossche and Zdouc, 4th edition, Cambridge University Press, 2017

Articles, Official Reports, Case-studies, WTO texts

Last updated on 11-03-2019