World Trade Organization (WTO) Law I

21 May 2010

The Dean, Professor Gillian Triggs examines the role of the WTO within the international legal system and its implementation in national law as part of this second semester intensive unit.

World Trade Organization (WTO) Law I explores the fundamental principles of WTO Law, including 'most favoured nation', national treatment and non-discrimination, tariff bindings and customs duties, subsidies and non-tariff barriers to trade.

It will incorporate recent topics such as the decision by the WTO to lift a 90 year Australian ban onimporting New Zealand apples.

New Zealand apples and pears were first banned from Australia after fireblight was found in Northland in 1919.

Australia then banned the import of fruit trees from New Zealand in the early 1920s when the disease spread, later extending the import ban to all apples and pears.

Though scientists have shown that the bacterial disease is unlikely to be transmitted on mature, clean fruit, efforts to gain access to the potentially-lucrative Australian market in 1986, 1989, and 1995 were rejected.

Further talks over the restrictions also failed when access was allowed in 2006 but with conditions so strict that exports would not be economically viable.

New Zealand took a complaint to the WTO in 2007, on the basis that the proposed constraints were an unacceptable trade barrier and the WTO decision to lift the ban was announced in April 2010.

The unit is available to study through the following Sydney Law School degree programmes:

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

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

Contact: Greg Sherington

Phone: +61 2 9351 0202

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