DATES: NOV 2 - 6, 2015
TUITION: $1995





The creation of the WTO twenty years ago, with its effective enforcement system, vastly expanded the scope and effectiveness of the international trade rules. At least as importantly, while the Doha Round -- designed to improve and enlarge upon the existing rules -- has languished, Regional Trade Agreements have become an increasingly important part of the international trading system. RTAs already cover more than half of world trade, and massive new agreements are under negotiation. These include the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) (12 countries including the United States and Japan, covering around 40 percent of world trade), the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the United States and the EU, also accounting for about 40 percent of world trade, and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) (16 countries, including India, China, Japan and Korea, accounting for nearly 30 percent of world trade). There is also a great deal of RTA activity in Africa, as the many existing RTAs are consolidated with a view to eventually creating a single African Economic Union.

The course will examine the implications of these important developments. It is designed as a practical course that will assist trade officials in their work and help enterprises to take full advantage of the opportunities provided by multilateral and regional trade agreements, as well as to deal with their challenges. It will be taught by present and former senior government officials, leading academics and practitioners, and officials from multinational organizations.


Course Outline


  •  History of GATT and WTO
  •  Organization and functions of the WTO


Trade in Goods

  • The fundamental rules
  • Non-tariff barriers
  • Trade remedies
  • Custom issues
  • Agriculture


Trade in Services

  • General Obligations
  • Negotiated Commitments

Intellectual Property

  • Substantive Requirements
  • Enforcement Obligations


Regional Trade Agreements (RTAs)

  • GATT/WTO rules
  • The economics and politics of RTAs
  • Scope of RTAs
  • New Model Agreements: TPP; TTIP; RCEP
  • EU Economic Partnership Agreements
  • RTAs in Africa

Dispute Settlements

  • WTO
  • RTAs


Course Advisor

Patrick Macrory is Director of ILI's International Trade Law Center/ He was a senior partner in two of Washington's largest law firms, and has practiced trade law for more than forty years. He has taught international trade law at universities in Washington, London, and Tokyo. He has written extensively on the subject, and was Editor-in-Chief of a major multi-volume work on the WTO published in 2005.