This course is designed to introduce first-year students to the architecture of the international economic law system. Its emphasis is on elements of international law that affect cross-border economic transactions and deals. The first part of the course examines the nature and sources of international law. The course then shifts to provide an overview of international commercial litigation, the trade and investment regimes, and emergent areas such as international regulation of corruption and corporate social responsibility.
The course will introduce students to the various types of law that affect cross-border transactions (bilateral and multilateral treaties, customary international law, domestic law, foreign law, and hard/soft law) as well as the various dispute resolution mechanisms available to resolve cross-border disputes (including domestic courts, international courts, international commercial arbitration, and investor-state disputes).