International Trade Law

Discipline: Politics and International Relations
Instructor: Lewis
Credits: 3

Field Work: Day 5 - Friday, 12 February | Vietnam Download Syllabus

This course introduces students to the role of law in the regulation of international trade.  What are the “rules of the road” governments must follow in regulating imported goods?  Where did these rules come from and what values do they reflect?  How are trade disputes between countries resolved?  Who benefits from and who is hurt by these systems?  In examining these and other questions the course will combine lecture, a law-school oriented case-study approach, and discussion.

The cases we will examine will to various degrees involve several of the countries we are visiting, including Japan, China, India, Vietnam, South Africa, and Western Africa.

Field Work

Country: Vietnam
Day: 5 - Friday, 12 February

For our Field Lab during the Ho Chi Minh City stop we will travel to a basa (cat fish) farm and processing factory on the Mekong River. We will tour the farm and plant and interview company officials concerning their operations. Students will be encouraged to ask questions.
Associated Assignments, Paper: As one of their two papers, students will prepare a paper (6-8 pages double spaced) specifically relating to the Field Lab for this or another course during the voyage. Students will be asked to develop a detailed business plan for an exporter from a country visited, addressing both expected challenges and opportunities that are likely to be encountered in the country. Further details and guidance will be provided by Prof. Lewis during class.

Academic Objectives:
1. To introduce students to the challenges of successfully manufacturing and exporting Vietnamese goods to the United States.
2. To familiarize students with areas of cooperation and contention in US-Vietnam trade relations.
3. To introduce students to the role of government in facilitating trade.