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LAWS77-746: International Investment and Trade Law


International Investment and Trade Law is an elective subject in postgraduate programs offered by the Faculty of Law. 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

FacultyFaculty of Law
Semesters offered
  • May 2023 [Non-Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Law
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2022: $5,310
  • Commencing in 2023: $5,450

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

Requisites: ?


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.

Juris Doctor students are expected to have completed a minimum of 80 credit points of compulsory law subjects.

Restrictions: ?

Students must be into a Masters law degree OR LA-43040 Doctor of Legal Science (Research) OR be an approved Law Study Abroad or Law Exchange student.

Anti-requisites: ?

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Non-Standard Offering
Enrolment opens20/03/2022
Semester start16/05/2022
Subject start23/05/2022
Cancellation 1?27/05/2022
Cancellation 2?28/05/2022
Last enrolment25/05/2022
Withdraw – Financial?30/05/2022
Withdraw – Academic?02/06/2022
Teaching census?29/05/2022