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2011: Strategic Trade Policy in Context - Canada & EU - Round 2

Tuesday, January 4, 2011 - 13:00 - Friday, January 21, 2011 - 16:00

For a copy of the negotiated draft text, click here (PDF, 332kb).

This is a policy-oriented course that focuses on developing practical skills on strategic thinking, policy formulation, and international trade negotiations. Participants will learn how to:

  • Design and implement an effective international trade strategy
  • Interpret and understand trade policy economics
  • Build and sustain a consensus on trade policy objectives
  • Prepare for and negotiate a bilateral trade agreement between Canada and a key trading partner for Canada.



The first week of this course will focus on how to design and implement a politically-viable international trade strategy. The course will combine lectures with case studies, presentations and discussions on the fundamentals of international trade agreements, trade policy formulation, and building consensus on strategic priorities within and outside government.

During the second and third week, students will participate in a simulation of a negotiation of a Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA). Students will be divided into two teams to represent Canada and the European Union. Under the supervision of coaches, students will be required to plan negotiating mandates and strategies. They will also draft various statements and texts to be presented during the simulation. This simulation will provide students with an excellent opportunity to gain practical experience in the preparation and negotiation of a forward-looking international trade agreement.

Students will also benefit from presentations by experienced Canadian and European negotiators, culminating in a presentation of the simulation outcome to members of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade CETA negotiating team.

A syllabus for this course is available (Word; 127Kb).


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The following texts were suggested as required reading for this course:

  • Michael J. Trebilcock and Robert Howse, The Regulation of International Trade, Third Edition (New York: Routledge, 2005); specifically Chapters 1, 2, 3, 11, and 13. 

  • Michael Hart, Fifty Years of Canadian Tradecraft: Canada at the GATT 1947-1997 (Ottawa: Centre for Trade Policy and Law, 1998).

  • Douglas A. Irwin, "A Brief History of International Trade Policy" (online).

  • Guide to the Uruguay Round Agreements, (Boston: Kluwar Law International, 1999), Part Two.

  • Terry Collins-Williams and Gerry Salembier, "International Disciplines on Subsidies - The GATT, the WTO and the Future Agenda," Journal of World Trade, vol 30 n 1, February 1996.

  • Terry Collins-Williams, "The Evolution of Anti-Dumping in a Globalising Economy", in David Stewart, ed., Opportunities and Obligations: New Perspectives on Global and US Trade Policy, (Boston: Kluwar Law International, 2009) (online).



CTPL appreciates the financial contribution from the European Commission to the CTPL Canada-EU CETA research program.