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International economic law


What you will discover in this course is the law regulating international economic relations between estates, what role the United Nations has played and what the other international organisations including the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and the WTO have been doing. The course examines the international legal instruments in international economic law, adapted mainly after the establishment of the UN in 1945. We also cover relevant developments that took place prior to this.

Module A: Evolution and principles of international economic law


  • Evolution of the law and economic policy
  • Evolution of international economic law
  • Fundamental principles of international economic law
  • Institutional structure of international economic law

Module B: International monetary and development law and policy


  • The law and practice of the World Bank
  • The law and practice of the International Monetary Fund
  • Financing for development
  • The millennium development goals

Module C: Regulation of foreign investment


  • International efforts to regulate foreign investment
  • Regulation of multinational enterprises (MNEs)
  • The notion of corporate social responsibility
  • Multinational enterprises and human rights

Module D: Public international law of trade


  • Substantive rules of the GATT/World Trade Organization system
  • Institutional overview of the World Trade Organization
  • Case study of the liberalisation of trade in agriculture
  • Current trade agenda and the Doha Development Round


Each module is assessed by a 45-minute unseen written exam.


It is strongly recommended you study module A first.

How to apply

You can apply to study a module individually as a standalone unit or as part of a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or Master of Laws qualification. (In either scenario, they must be studied in order.)

These modules also contribute towards the following specialist pathways for Laws:

  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Commercial and Corporate Law
  • Economic Regulation
  • International Business Law
  • International Dispute Resolution
  • Law and Development
  • Public International Law

Apply via Postgraduate Laws.

Study Material

Academic Co-ordinator

Professor Surya Subedi

Professor Surya Subedi

Professor of International Law, Surya Subedi is the author of three study guides. He is a practising Barrister in England and Wales, is the United Nations Special Rapporteur for human rights in Cambodia and is a member of a high-level Advisory Group to the British Foreign Secretary. He has published extensively in international law, aimed at advocating fairness and promoting the rule of law in international affairs. He has been elected to the Institut de Droit International, was a member of the Water Resources Law Committee of the International Law Association (ILA) and served as a UK member of the Committee of the ILA on Legal Aspects of Sustainable Development. Her Majesty the Queen of the UK has appointed Professor Surya P. Subedi an Honorary Queen's Counsel (QC) in recognition of his contribution to the development of international law.