|Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Benn McGrady|
Classes: Jul 15-18 (9-5)
Assessment: class participation (10%), take-home exam (40%) and 4500wd essay (50%) or class participation (10%) and 7000wd essay (90%)
|Claims brought under a bilateral investment treaty and at the World Trade Organization (WTO) concerning Australian tobacco packaging laws have highlighted the constraints international trade and investment agreements impose on the power of sovereign nations to regulate in the interests of health. These and other recent claims have also spurred local and global policy debates about the impact of trade and investment agreements on health. |
This unit will examine the constraints imposed by trade and investment agreements by reference to contemporary case studies such as plain tobacco packaging. The unit will explore the legal constraints imposed by trade and investment agreements as well as ongoing policy debates surrounding these agreements. The unit will draw upon theories and empirical evidence concerning the effects of such agreements on regulatory decision-making and health more generally. The unit will also examine these issues in light of specific challenges faced by developing countries.
In the context of the law of the WTO and international investment agreements, this unit will explore contemporary case studies on a range of issues such as product regulation (in the contexts of tobacco control, alcohol control and food safety) health worker migration and the implications of intellectual property protection for health. These case studies will also be examined in the context of international investment agreements.