LAW-31806 Global Economic (Trade) Law and Risk Regulation


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Course coordinator(s)dr. A Herwig
Lecturer(s)dr. A Herwig
Examiner(s)dr. K Purnhagen

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

Basic knowledge on food law and environmental law is an asset, but no requirement.


This course offers students an overview of Global Economic (Trade) Law and Risk Regulation, which is of particular relevance for students of food safety and environmental policy. After a general introduction on Global Economic Law and its economic, legal and regulatory rationale, the course focuses on institutional aspects of WTO law. Subsequently, it deals with the substantive aspects such as sanitary and phytosanitary barriers (SPS Agreement) as well as technical barriers to trade (TBT law). We will test the thus acquired knowledge in an automated assignment system. The last part of the course offers a specific insight in topical subjects such as private standards and the TTIP Treaty.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to:
- be able to explain concepts and rationale of Global Economic (Trade) Law and Risk Regulation;
- be able to apply Global Economic (Trade) Law and Risk Regulation to specific legal problems;
- have familiarity with the institutional aspects of the WTO;
- be able to identify and weigh regulatory goals;
- be able to formulate legal problem statement and conduct a legal analysis;
- have familiarity with the main substantive aspects of WTO law relating to risk regulation.


- lectures;
- group discussion;
- literature study;
- paper writing.


Final grading is based on a written exam (100%) with closed questions. 



Restricted Optional for: MFSFood SafetyMScB: Food Law and Regulatory Affairs5MO
MAMAquaculture and Marine Resource ManagementMScC: Marine Governance5MO