The aim of this course is for students to|
- Be able to critically reflect on and engage with key concepts, such as development, trade, poverty and technology transfer;
- Be able to critically analyse global challenges, drawing on principles from world trade law and from Law and Development to enrich their analysis;
- Be able to engage with and discuss a variety of academic and legal texts in a scholarly manner;
- Be able to work with a small team to develop an idea, formulate a shared goal and to implement that shared vision in a visual format
This course examines global challenges from the perspective of two areas of legal study: Trade Law and Law and Development. These fields of law traditionally have little to say to each other, at least nothing that is civil! They are often viewed as having a polar-opposite approach to global problems. In this course, we bring the two fields together simultaneously to provide a possibly conflicting but always complex and rich approach to the topics we study. While there is almost certainly more in common between the two approaches than is often thought, the two perspectives have much to learn from one another. This is the spirit in which we undertake this course. |
In order to get to grips with the differences between trade and development approaches, we take a thematic approach to global challenges. The first thematic class focuses, for example, on food security. While we produce enough food every year to feed every person on the planet, 1 billion people are nonetheless on the verge of starvation and another billion regularly goes hungry. Similarly controversial observations will be made for all themes covered in this course. Through interactive lectures taught jointly by the two instructors, we will attempt to identify persistent challenges, question existing theories in both areas of legal study covered (trade law vs law and development) and propose some potential avenues for reconciliation.
More information about how this course will be taught is available in the coursebook or on request from the course co-ordinator.