Law 272 - International Trade Law

Richard H. Steinberg

Richard H. Steinberg

Professor of Law
Professor of Political Science
B.A. Yale, 1982
J.D. Stanford, 1986
Ph.D. Stanford, 1992
UCLA Law faculty since 1996
Course Description:

This course examines the most important legal frameworks governing international trade relations between states. Focusing on the law of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the North American Free Trade Agreement (as a model free trade agreement), and the European Union (EU), the course will engage discussion of the central questions about trade and international political economy.  It covers a broad range of international regulatory and legal issues, such as trade in goods, trade in services, international intellectual property protection, protection of the environment, dispute settlement, the proliferation of regional trade agreements, and trade conflicts. Particular attention will be devoted to the non-trade policy effects of international economic regulation on economic growth, pubic health, the environment, organized labor, the structure of the state and society, North-South relations, and geostrategic relations.

Course Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this course students will be able to:

1. understand and analyze relevant treaties, constitutional provisions, case law, statutes and regulations;

2. interpret and apply treaties, case law, statutes and regulations to determine how a domestic court or international dispute settlement panel might resolve a trade dispute, and

3. provide thoughtful advice to policymakers on the pros and cons of particular treaty or legislative proposals in the area of international trade.

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Richard Steinberg 19F 272 LEC 1 T 3:20 PM - 6:20 PM 3.0 No Yes
  Early drop deadline: 5:00pm 8/29/2019.
Textbook Information:
Textbook for Fall 2019 LEC 1
Barton et al. The Evolution of the Trade Regime: Politics, Law, and Economics of the GATT and the WTO    
ISBN: 9780691136165. Princeton University Press. REQUIRED $35.00
Notes: Used versions of this book are fine.