University of South Carolina Law School

(taught from the University of Washington-Seattle)


Prof. David Linnan



This course focuses on the law and economics of international trade (chiefly the WTO framework in the Uruguay Round's wake, but also bi-national arrangements and national law in the area of anti-dumping and countervailing duties law), regional trading arrangements (chiefly NAFTA, with some APEC coverage) and foreign direct investment (including traditional principles of state responsibility, treaty protections and emerging multilateral guaranty structures).  It treats transnational economic relationships from the institutional viewpoint of public international law.  We shall look especially at textile problems and the on-going Doha round in this course as areas of current concern. 


The course is scheduled to meet regularly 08:00-10:00 Wednesdays in the Law Library videoconferencing room on the second floor.  The instructor is visiting at the University of Washington this semester and will be in Columbia occasionally, but the course will be taught largely via videoconferencing from Seattle.  Office hours will also be set in Prof. Linnan's USC Law School Room 304 office for discussions on the ViaVideo camera there.   We plan also on bringing in 1-2 outside speakers via videoconferencing and shall also be recording classes to put up in streaming form on the course website as we go along. 


Our basic text is Raj Bahala, International Trade Law:  Theory and Practice (Second Edition)(Lexis 2001).  This has been around long enough so that I hope you can get a relatively cheap secondhand copy.   I decided that it did not make sense for you to buy an expensive supplement, because you can get the text of the relevant GATT/WTO or similar provisions normally on the WTO website (http://www.wto.org).  Reading assignments from the Bahala book will normally be posted on the course page (http://www.lfip.org/laws665) under the course materials link.  They may also be distributed via the course LISTSERV.   Where possible I shall try to include references via link on the course materials page to where you would find the relevant GATT/WTO, NAFTA or similar provisions.  Based on past experience, we shall normally distribute class powerpoints via the LISTSERV in advance of class (since students seem to prefer commenting the presentations in taking their class notes).  We shall also be making a digital recording of teaching faculty presentations to put on the website in streaming form.  We hope to get them up within 10-14 days following class meetings. 

We have a course LISTSERV (laws665@listserv.sc.edu) to keep in touch generally, and for discussions plus asking questions outside of class.  You must join the course LISTSERV to fully participate in this class, since we will use it like a bulletin board for announcements about reading assignments, etc. while students and faculty should use it to ask questions and carry on discussions outside our videoconferenced classes.  For those of you unfamiliar with the LISTSERV concept, a LISTSERV is simply a system in which e-mail communications are sent to a single address and then distributed to all LISTSERV subscribers (e.g., all class members).  Please consult the LISTSERV information page at http://www.sc.edu/ars/listserv.html for general directions, and click on the course webpage class administration link (http://www.lfip.org/laws665/admin.htm) for directions about how to subscribe to the class LISTSERV.  The instructor's e-mail address is linnan@law.law.sc.edu, and his office number in Seattle is 206/616-6385.  Please feel free to contact him any time directly concerning the class.


This is a graduate writing requirement seminar.  Grading will be based on a research paper satisfying the graduation writing requirement process (see the Law Student Handbook for details).  Basically, students should talk early and often with the instructor, since you will be required to choose a topic in consultation with the instructor, produce an outline, followed by a first draft and then a final version of the paper.  Note that you must confer with the instructor at least three times in the process: to chose a topic cooperatively, to review your writing outline together, and then for comments between your first draft and the final paper version.   We shall also have some in-class presentations from students, so that your grade may also reflect those or similar problems.  I now talk to practicing lawyers who do videoconferencing with clients, etc. to save time and money.  I shall invite you to do your own videoconferencing presentations to work problems, etc. in the name of perfecting your presentation skills just like you would interviewing and negotiating in a clinics course.


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