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LAWS17-746: International Investment and Trade Law


International Investment and Trade Law is an elective subject in postgraduate programs offered by the Faculty of Law in which undergraduate students may be permitted to enrol. It examines the international legal frameworks for cross-border investment and trade. The subject considers contemporary and emerging investment and trade trends, Regional and Bilateral Trade and Investment Agreements, business planning considerations and dispute resolution mechanisms. Investment structures examined include joint ventures, the appointment of distributors and agents, licensing and other technology transfer arrangements and the acquisition of local companies and property. Trade institutions and the international trade law system examined include the World Trade Organisation; the World Bank Group; the International Monetary Fund; the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade; Australia's Free Trade Agreements; intellectual property and the digital economy.

Subject details

Type: Undergraduate Subject
Code: LAWS17-746
Faculty: Faculty of Law
Credit: 10
Study areas:
  • Law

Learning outcomes

  1. Understand the regulation of cross-border investment and trade.
  2. Appreciate the impact of investment and trading decisions across a range of areas of economic and social activity.
  3. Understand the framework and method of international dispute resolution.
  4. Understand how investment and trade law is fashioned by the balance of conflicting national interests.
  5. Understand and be capable of assessing the international legal structures for investment and trade.

Enrolment requirements



Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

Restrictions: This subject is not available to
  • Study Abroad Students

Must have completed a minimum 120 Credit Points of LAWS subjects AND have a minimum average of 65% in LAWS subjects. Must be admitted into a Bachelor Law degree OR Bachelor of Laws combined degree.

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.