Module Details

LW659-7-SP-CO: Electronic Products And The World Trading System

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Year: 2016/17
Department: Law (School of)
Essex credit: 15
ECTS credit: 7.5
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: Yes
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: No

Supervisor: Dr 'Gbenga Bamodu
Teaching Staff: Dr 'Gbenga Bamodu
Contact details: Telephone 01206 873535; Email:

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

This option is designed for students interested in the application of World Trade Organisation (WTO) law to digital goods and services (e-commerce). The course reflects the rapidly growing significance of e-commerce to international trade, looking in detail at the application of WTO law (GATS/GATT/TRIPS and other relevant WTO agreements/instruments) to e-commerce both from developed and developing country perspectives. As such, it meets the needs of students interested in the application of public international law to the communications sector (e-commerce, audiovisual and telecommunication sectors), and ancillary sectors, such as the computing and distribution sectors. The course also builds on aspects of the Public International Law option offered as part of the ITL LLM and students may find it helpful to take this first before commencing Trading in Digital Goods & Services in Term 2. The course also complements the private transnational law option Legal Aspects of Electronic Commercial Transactions offered in Term 1.

Learning and Teaching Methods

The module will be based on weekly two hour seminars.


100 per cent Coursework Mark


One assessed essay of 5,000 words (including footnotes, excluding bibliography) to be submitted in accordance with LLM guidelines


  • Main Recommended Works
  • S. Wunsch-Vincent, The WTO, The Internet and Trade in Digital Products: EC-US Perspectives (Hart Publishing, 2005)
  • M. Burri & T. Cottier (eds), Trade Governance in the Digital Age (CUP 2012)
  • R. Kariyawasam, International Economic Law and the Digital Divide (Edward Elgar, 2008)
  • R. Kariyawasam (ed.), The WTO, Intellectual Property, E-Commerce and the Internet Edward Elgar, 2009)
  • Matsushita, Schoenbaum & Mavroidis, The World Trade Organization: Law, Practice and Policy 2nd ed. (OUP, 2006)
  • John H. Jackson, The Jurisprudence of GATT and the WTO: Insights on Treaty Law and Economic Relations (Cambridge University Press, 2000)

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