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EU External Trade Relations Law and Policy

The course EU External Trade Relations Law and Policy aims at providing students with in-depth knowledge of the EU member states ' common trade policy and the regulation of trade with third countries.

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EU External Trade Relations Law and Policy is given as an elective course within the framework of the exchange programmes at the Department of Law, Stockholm University. Swedish law students admitted by the department are also given access to the course.

Read more about exchange programmes at the Department of Law

The course covers in particular the allocation of competences between the Union and its member states, bilateral trade agreements, Brexit, the work of the Union in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the implementation of external actions in the member states. The course draws on EU constitutional law as expressed in the founding treaties, the Charter of Fundamental Rights and in the case law of EU Court of Justice, as well as in bilateral and multilateral trade agreements and international law. Negotiation processes, dispute settlement mechanisms and the work of the investment tribunals are also studied, as well as EU investments and projects in developing countries.

In conclusion, both substantive as well as institutional and procedural aspects of the subject are addressed. The course aims also at deepening the students' method awareness and further develop their critical thinking and scientific approach. Overall, the student should be given sufficient knowledge and skills to be able to independently carry out a major academic work such as a 30-credit degree thesis.

  • Course structure

    Follow the link below to read more about the course details.

    Syllabus - EU External Trade Relations Law and Policy


    Teaching format

    Instruction is given in the form of lectures, seminars and essay supervision. The language of instruction is English.


    Examination and assessment of the expected learning outcomes are carried out through a written examination, the writing of an independent essay of ca. 15 pages on one aspect of the Common Commercial Policy and the writing of a comment on another student's essay (peer-review).

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

  • Course reports

  • More information

    Learning platform

    During the course, registered students will receive additional course information on the Athena learning platform.

    Previous course website

    For those who read this course during a previous semester and then used FastReg as learning platform, you can reach the old website through the link below.


    The Departement

    Read more about education at the Department of Law at Stockholm University on our homepage.

    Education - Department of Law 


  • Contact

    Course contact:  

    Course administrator:  
    Asnate Maddalo  

    Course manager: 
    Claes Granmar