LAW 5087: International Trade Law & Regulation - 2194

International Trade Law & Regulation
Class Term:
Spring Term 2018-2019
Catalog Number:
Class Number:
Class Schedule:
3:30 p.m.
5:20 p.m.
Chief Justice Ralph J. Cappy Room


2 (2 Contact, 0 Field)
Graduation Requirements:
International / Comparative
General Enrollment Course
Full Year Course:
Standard Courses

Grading Details

Legal Writing/Practical Component: Students will learn how to draft a client memorandum discussing issues for appeal of a U.S. agency unfair trade determination and likelihood of success and will use that memorandum to draft a complaint for filing at the U.S. Court of International Trade. The professors will use this legal writing component as part of the final course grade. This practical experience will make up 30% of the student’s grade.
Examination: The exam format will be seven short answer questions that focus on issue-spotting with students required to answer six of the seven questions in a two-hour exam period. Students are not given extra credit for answering all seven questions. This examination will make up 60% of the student’s grade.
Class Participation: Students are encouraged to actively participate in class and interact with the professors and visiting speakers. Class participation will make up 10% of the student’s grade.


This course will introduce students to the multilateral trading system by reference to the GATT, the WTO, the WTO Agreements, and the U.S. implementation of its international trade obligations, with a particular focus on U.S. unfair trade laws and U.S. customs regulation. Key legal principles and rules will be taught through the lens of administrative practice, litigation and appeals, and trade policy considerations. This class will be taught primarily from the University of Pittsburgh’s Washington Center in Washington, DC, which is connected via video-link to the law school in Pittsburgh. Students may participate either from Pittsburgh via videoconference or from Washington while participating in the Semester in DC Program. Students interested in taking this class in Washington through the Semester in DC Program should review the Semester in DC Program information on Pitt’s website and contact the program director to discuss the program requirements and externship application process.

International Trade Law & Regulation