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International Trade Organizations


IESEG School of Management ( IÉSEG )

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Niveau Année de formation Période Langue d'enseignement 
Course for exchange studentsTransversal/annéesS1S2English
Professeur(s) responsable(s)O.KARASSEVA
Intervenant(s)Olga KARASSEVA

Pré requis

International economics and International finance (basics)

Objectifs du cours

At the end of the course, the students should be able to:
Rise awareness of the international organisations (IO) role
Be able to understand how international organizations work
Understand IO strategies and its impact on the economy
Understand how IO facilitate trade.

Contenu du cours

1. Prologue
1.1 Different levels of organizations/unions: National, Regional, and International (multilateralism, regional integrations, and bilaterial agreements)
1.2 A brief history and theory of International trade relations : Globalization is an old phenomenon
1.3 From protectionism to trade liberalization
1.4 The goal and the purposes of international organizations

2. International level: IO
2.1 WTO: A brief History (from GATT to WTO), Main activities (DSB), Advantages and weaknesses
2.2 IMF: A brief History, Main activities, Advantages and weaknesses
2.3 OECD: The main role and primary objectives

3. Regional unions
3.1 Effect of a free trade zone creation
3.2 Regional Unions in the world: EU, EAEU, NAFTA, MERCOSUR, ASEAN
3.3 Levels, rules, practices

Modalités d'enseignement

Organisation du cours

TypeNombre d'heuresRemarques
Face to face
Independent work
Independent study
Group Project14,00  
Estimated personal workload14,00  
Charge de travail globale de l'étudiant50,00  

Méthodes pédagogiques

  • Presentation
  • Research
  • Project work
  • Interactive class


The final grade is calculated using the following formula:
10% Individual implication during lectures (punctuality, class attendance, interesting contributions to class discussions);
50% Final exam;
40% Case studies (Text and data analyses + presentation followed by discussion). Groups are composed of 2-4 students.

Type de ContrôleDuréeNombrePondération
Continuous assessment
Group Project9,00150,00
Case study2,00140,00
TOTAL     100,00


  • Krugman Paul (1999) “The return of depression on economics and the crises of 2008” -

  • Krugman et al. (2012). International Economics. 9th edition. Prentice Hall. Pearson education. -

  • Impossible cases: Lesson from the first decade of WTO dispute settlement (by O'Neal Taylor) -

  • Summary and Analyses of World Trade Organization cases lost by the United States (prepared by Economy in -

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