This seminar explores the connections between international trade, globalization, and poverty. Topics include trade policy and trade law under the World Trade Organization and regional trade arrangements, and the impact of trade policy on poverty and development in the U.S. and abroad. The seminar will explore various efforts to mitigate the effects of trade on poverty and on the poor through protections in the trade arrangements themselves; enforcement of social, economic, and cultural rights; economic and microenterprise development; and off-setting benefits programs, including the U.S. Trade Adjustment Assistance Program. Students will write a seminar research paper, or a series of shorter papers, and prepare and facilitate a class discussion on a topic related to their paper. Seminar papers may satisfy the Advanced Writing Requirement.
The Legal Theory and Practice (LTP) option is open to 6 students (concurrently registered for the seminar). Under the supervision of faculty, students will represent low-income petitioners who have been denied U.S. Trade Adjustment Assistance benefits by the U.S. Department of Labor or U.S. Department of Agriculture. Appeals of administrative denials go before the U.S. Court of International Trade (the “CIT”); students will be admitted to practice under the student practice rules of the CIT. Students will engage in all aspects of client representation before the CIT. All students will receive intensive instruction in advocacy writing, and all students will write—and receive intensive feedback on drafts of—a motion for determination on the agency record, with supporting legal memorandum. Because of the intensive writing instruction and feedback on this brief-like document, the LTP option will satisfy students’ LAWR III requirement. The LTP option also satisfies students’ Cardin requirement.
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