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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: School of Law Short Name: LAWM072
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: SINDICO F Mr (Schl of Law)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability
Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment



Weighting Towards Module Mark( %)


Exam (3000 word assignment)










Qualifying Condition(s) 



Overall mark of 50%



Module Overview

The gap between the so called North and South is getting bigger. While developed countries, despite the current global financial crisis, are, on average, experiencing a period of economic development, the same cannot be said for most developing countries. However, even between the latter there are major differences. While some parts of Africa seems to be very dangerously falling again in violent crisis (see the current situation in Kenya) that one hoped belonged to the past, other areas are growing steadily and are becoming major players in current international relations. Countries like , , and represent different continents but usually stand together to defend the interests of the developing world vs the old North in international forums. Furthermore, in some fields these countries are adopting policies that are being seen as models also in developed countries. The fight against poverty in and the water reforms in and are just some possible examples.



Against this background of strong division between developed and developing countries this module will explore the international framework of policies and legal measures adopted by States and international institutions to bridge this gap. In other words, student will be asked to critically engage with the following question: how is development fostered at an international level?

Module Aims
The module will allow you to critically engage in all the questions related to the linkages between Law, International Trade and Development. Getting acquainted with the international legal norms and policies that relate to development will open you a number of important working opportunities. Experts in international financial, trade or investment law with knowledge of the development side of the equation are working in international law firms, in consultancy, in non-governmental organisations and in the public sector, both at national and international level.
Learning Outcomes

At the end of the module the student will be able:



  1. to identify the actors that take part in the shaping of international development policies


  2. to highlight the role of the main international financial institutions within the development debate


  3. to understand the tension between development issues and  international trade


  4. to understand the tension between development issues and  regional trade organisations


  5. to understand the tension between development issues and foreign direct investment


  6. to critically assess the ongoing negotiations and developments occurring in the international trade regime and their significance for developing countries


  7. to highlight the key topics within the WTO that matter for development


to understand and assess the impact of foreign direct investment on developing countries.
Module Content

1.      Historical, Political and Economic Context post Second World War and Implications for Trade and Development (3hr)



2.      Emergence of Multinational Corporations as Powerful Actors and their Changing Role as a result of Globalisation (3hr)



3.      Foreign Direct Investment (3hr)



4.      Settling International Investment Disputes (3hr)



5.      The Law and Policy of the World Trade Organization (3hr)



6.      International Trade and Development (3hr)



7.      International Trade and Sustainable Development (3hr)

8.      The Doha Round (3hr)


Methods of Teaching/Learning
Teaching will follow a dual approach. In every session the lecturer will give some pointers highlighting the main issues that must be studied. This will be followed by a discussion with the students on the reading. Some questions will be given out by the lecturer to guide the discussion. Learning will be achieved not only by preparing the lectures but by some parallel activities that will foster the interest of the students for the topic. The viewing and discussion of videos related to LITD topics, the attendance to seminars given by specialist in the fields covered by LITD and further activities linked to the presence of the different research groups within the School of Law will benefit the student’s learning.
Selected Texts/Journals






J. Beard, The political economy of desire : international law, development and the nation state, Routledge, 2007



M. Salomon, Global responsibility for human rights : world poverty and the development of international law, Oxford University Press, 2007



K. Uprety, The transit regime for landlocked states : international law and development perspectives, World Bank, 2006



D. French, International law and policy of sustainable development, Manchester University Press, 2005



J. Trachtman, The international economic law revolution and the right to regulate, Cameron May, 2006.



A.H. Qureshi International economic law, 2nd ed., Sweet & Maxwell, 2007.



M. Sornarajah, The International Law on Foreign Investment, 2nd ed, CUP, 2004



J. Bhagwati, In Defense of Globalisation, OUP, 2004.



J. Spero and J. Hart, The Politicis of International Economic Relations,Thompson, 1998



A. Lowenfeld, International Economic Law, OUP, 2002.










Journal of Development Studies



Journal of World Trade (JWT)



World Trade Review (WTR)



Manchester Journal of International Economic Law (MJIEL)



Journal of International Economic Law (JIEL)



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