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The Global Trading System: Substance and Dispute Resolution


This two-week course is designed for knowledgeable legal practitioners who wish to gain a working familiarity with the global trading system, including international trade, commerce and investments, as well as international dispute resolution. Participants have many opportunities to interact with U.S. lawyers and judges and observe U.S. law in action. The Global Trading System program consists of 100 hours of lectures, seminars and practicum. As part of the program, participants engage in legal planning, problem solving, decision making and negotiations. The Orientation in U.S.A. Law course is not a prerequisite for any of the specialized programs. All materials for this course have been prepared specifically for this program.

Sample Program Topics

Participants gain a working knowledge in international business and trade topics. Some topics in the past have included:


  • Regional trading blocks

  • International sale of goods convention (Vienna Convention)

  • International movement of goods (import/export/trade laws)

  • Overview of trade economics

  • International taxation, banking and joint ventures

  • Intellectual property

  • International licensing, sales and distributorships

  • Direct foreign investment

  • International competition/antitrust law

  • Antidumping and other protectionist trade laws

International dispute resolution related to trade:

  • Negotiation

  • Mediation

  • Arbitration

  • Dispute resolution under GATT and NAFTA

Participants can also engage in legal research through computer and library sources:

  • Online computer-based legal research (LexisNexis and Westlaw databases)

  • Law Library

    • Treatises

    • Practitioner's guides and form books

    • Law firm computer-based research using in-house databases


This program draws law school faculty from the University of California, Davis, as well as outstanding legal practitioners and business experts representing major California firms that perform international legal work.


August 4-August 17, 2019. The Global Trading System is offered every third year in rotation with two other specialized programs: Financing International Transactions (offered in 2020) and Structuring International Joint Ventures (offered in 2021). The Orientation in U.S.A. Law course is not a prerequisite for any of the specialized programs.


Classes are held at the University of California, Davis, School of Law.


  • Non-refundable application fee: $3,275

  • Academic Tuition: Fee to be announced.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Certificates and Credits

  • All participants will receive a certificate of attendance if they attend class regularly. Participants who wish to take the course for credit can request an official transcript upon successful completion of course requirements and a final exam.

  • Four quarter units of academic credit may be applied toward the Licentiate in International Transactions Involving the United States.

Deadline to Apply

We strongly recommend enrolling by June 1 or earlier to ensure adequate time for the local U.S. embassy in your country to process the necessary visa for entering the U.S. We have been informed by past participants that U.S. embassies in some countries can take from four to six weeks to process non-immigrant visas (students, business or tourist).

How to Apply

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