This In-house training programme aims to provide an understanding of the structure and role of the WTO. The procedures governing the DSB will be explored in detail, as will the key principles that underpin the WTO Agreement (inter alia GATT, GATS, and TRIPS), and the general rules governing trade in goods and services amongst the WTO Member Countries.
Since World War II, multilateral trade relations have been the subject-matter of intergovernmental treaties. The inception of the EEC, the EC, and finally the EU, meant that the UK’s trade relations were delegated to the EU for negotiation.
Post withdrawal, trade relations will be shaped by negotiations under the auspices of the WTO. These talks will determine the rules governing the import and export of goods and services between the UK and other states, and trade blocs (such as the EU, and NAFTA).
Trade rules will be determined predominantly by WTO law and policy. The WTO Agreement will accordingly define trade relations between the UK and EU, and between the UK and non-EU members of the WTO.
Under the WTO framework, trade disputes between WTO members will be determined in the main by the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) using the provisions in the WTO Agreement.
Key principles running throughout the WTO Agreement define trade relations and form the backbone of the multilateral trading system. Amongst them the principles of Most Favoured Nation, National Treatment and Predictability.
The WTO Agreement permits members to introduce national measures that are incompatible with WTO commitments, so long as these measures fall within the permitted exceptions contained with the scope of the Agreement.
For example, in violation of the principle of Predictability, commercial and political conditions often force nations to introduce remedial measures, in order to protect the local economy against inter alia disruptions to industry, dumped imported, imports of subsidised goods, and shortages of hard foreign currency.
This course aims to provide an understanding of the structure and role of the WTO. The procedures governing the DSB will be explored in detail, as will the key principles that underpin the WTO Agreement (inter alia GATT, GATS, and TRIPS), and the general rules governing trade in goods and services amongst the WTO Member Countries. We will also look at the exceptions permitted by WTO law, and the conditions that shape the key exceptions, and permitted remedial measures.
This course, which is not jurisdiction-specific, is ideal for those working in an international and European context.
This course aims to help delegates gain an understanding of the:
By the end of this course, you will be able to critically assess the impact of the WTO Agreement on:
Liberalistion of trade
WTO – An overview
Key functions of the WTO
Dispute settlement mechanism
Principles underlying WTO Agreement
Laws governing use of non-tariff barriers
Permitted remedial measures
Michala Meiselles, LLB Hons, LLM, Solicitor (qualified 1999), is a senior law lecturer on the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at the Law School of the University of Derby (England), and Visiting Professor of Law at Université Jean Moulin (France), and University of Western Ontario (Canada). She specialises in private international law, trade law and policy, and banking and finance law. Prior to her appointment at the University of Derby, Michala was Associate Professor of Law and Programme Director on the Masters (LLM) at the Law School of Université Jean Moulin (Lyon, France). In addition to teaching law, Michala is a practising solicitor in England and Wales, specialising in private international law, banking, and compliance. She advises various multinationals on international contracts and is a compliance consultant for a leading global bank in the fields of AML, ABC and sanctions.
Michala is the author of two books and several scholarly works on such subjects as EU corporate law, corruption and banking. Her book entitled ‘International Commercial Agreements’ published by Edinburgh University Press provides guidance on the drafting of international agreements. She has also co-authored a textbook on international licensing agreements (due for publication in 2018). Michala is fluent in French and English.