World Trade Organization - Dispute Resolution

3 August 2012

Examine what a nation's obligations are under the World Trade Organization (WTO) in this second semester intensive unit.

World Trade Organization - Dispute Resolution provides an explanation of remedies available to countries through the WTO Dispute Settlement process.

Topics covered include:

- Overview of WTO Agreement;

- Legal importance of Annexes to WTO Agreement and the content of each with particular focus on:

  • imposition of discriminatory taxes and other measures impacting on imports;
  • anti-dumping/countervailing duties;
  • cross-border protection of intellectual property rights;
  • imposition of discriminatory technical barriers to trade;
  • customs valuation/tariff classification;
  • imposition of discriminatory health barriers to trade;
  • Free Trade Agreements - legality; scope; and remedies for breach;
  • Trade in services;
  • Safeguards;

The unit will be taught by Adjunct Professor Alan Bennett and Mr Andrew Percival.

Alan Bennett is a practising Australian lawyer, and principal of his own law firm specialising in international trade law and in particular, trade barriers law. Alan has lectured for 14 years in International Import/Export law within Sydney University's post-graduate faculty of law. Alan has written a number of texts including "The Guide to the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement"; and, The Guide to Risk Management in Imports/Exports". Alan is a member of the IMF legal team based in Washington, DCDC, writing Import/Export law/policy for countries seeking legal drafting/policy assistance from the IMF. Alan's expertise involves assisting major US/EU clients importing into the Asian region, identify trade barriers and consider available options. These issues often result in WTO dispute settlement proceedings.

Andrew Percival, Special Counsel Corrs Chambers Westgarth is an acknowledged international trade law specialist and has advised clients, both in Australia and overseas, on a wide range of international trade law issues, including on export controls, customs duties, anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations, safeguard measures, free trade agreements and on the WTO agreements. Andrew is recognised as one of Australia's foremost trade lawyers with his inclusion in Best Lawyers for Australia in 2008 to 2011 and Sydney Trade Lawyer of the Year (2011). He also has been included in Chambers Global as a leading lawyer in international trade law.


Semester 2 Intensive 12-13 & 22-23 October 2012

Seminar Room 346

Sydney Law School (F10)

Eastern Avenue

University of Sydney NSW


  • 1 x Take-Home Exam (100%)

World Trade Organization- Dispute Resolutionis available to study through the following Sydney Law School degree programmes:

Legal practitioners can count this unit of study towards Mandatory Continuing Legal Educaiton (MCLE) or Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Candidates can also enrol in this subject on a Legal Professional Development (LPD), Single Unit Enrolment or Cross-Institutional basis.

Candidates can elect to complete the assessment, claim the MCLE or CPD points and then count the unit towards a degree at a later stage.

Alternatively, candidates can elect not to complete the assessment but still claim the MCLE or CPD points.

For further enquiries or to apply or enrol, please contact the Postgraduate Team.

Contact: Greg Sherington

Phone: +61 2 9351 0202

Email: 3e31292666622f51155d0f55302904