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Fall 2023 Course

U.S. Economic Statecraft Law

Prerequisites: None

Exam Type: Last Class Take-Home

This course examines the laws underlying U.S. policymaking for trade. It explores the different means through which the U.S. has attempted to use trade agreements as well as unilateral measures to advance its economic and geostrategic interests. How is policy crafted among the different agencies and branches within the U.S. government? How have digital technology, offshoring, the rise of China, and the impasse in multilateral negotiations impacted U.S. interests and strategy? Among the topics to be explored are: delegation of powers; national security reviews; preference programs for developing countries; recent free trade agreements (TPP and USMCA); export controls; and adjustment assistance for workers displaced by trade. Particular emphasis will be placed on comparing the Trump Administration’s policies with those of its recent predecessors.

Note that this class does not require any previous knowledge of trade law. However, students who already have taken the upper-level International Trade Law course are welcome to enroll, as this course serves as a complement to that course. It is intended to cover elements of U.S. domestic law related to trade. Students interested primarily in WTO law are advised to take the International Trade Law class in addition (or instead) of this course.