This course concerns itself with the roles international trade, investment, and financial law and its institutions (collectively, international economic law) play in development, in both theory and practice. It is designed for law students seeking a deeper understanding of international economic governance, development, and the international political economy. A core learning outcome of the course is to encourage students to think harder about and to explore the legal – but also the economic, historical, and social – dimensions of the relationship between international economic law and development. Conversely, this course also strives to place development at the centre of a discussion about international economic law.

There are no prerequisites for this course, and it is intended to be both an introduction and a complement to other course offerings at LSE Law.