International Economic Law

Elective Courses

Have knowledge of and insight in the rules and dynamics governing the main traditional areas of international economic law (such as WTO and investment law).

Be able to apply knowledge and theoretical insights to case problems.

Be aware of the political and economic issues relevant for an understanding of how  international economic law functions in the real world.


1. The regulatory framework for international  trade: the philosophical-economic foundations; WTO, regional agreements and  bilateral trade deals.

2. WTO dispute resolution and other dispute resolution regimes.

3. Selected issues in international trade relations: dumping, intellectual property, data protection, environmental concerns, human rights. These issues will vary from year to year and will be clarified in the first lecture.

4. International investment law :

            -principles and structure of Bilateral investment treaties

            -standards of behavior for host states; expropriation

            -dispute settlement (mainly ICSID)

            -investment guarantuees.

5. The International Monetary System, with special attention to the IMF.

6. (If time is available): selected issues such as codes of conduct for multinationals;  sovereign wealth funds; extraterritoriality; energy markets.


Faculty members:

Diederik Bruloot

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