Enhance your specialist skills as a legal professional and tackle the topical issue of World Trade Organisation (WTO) law.

The implications of Brexit mean that anyone involved in this area needs to understand WTO law and what it means for the UK’s trading future.

This course is the perfect introduction, suitable even if you have no experience of the WTO at all.

Learn and earn credits with a top UK law school, wherever you’re based, on a flexible course that fits around full-time work.

Who is this online WTO law course for?

This distance learning course is designed for lawyers and other interested professionals.

Brexit has revealed huge gaps in experience and expertise at government and civil service level in negotiating agreements direct with other countries – opening major career opportunities for legal specialists in this field.

Build credits towards a Masters degree

This online course is part of:

You can use the credits you earn on this short course towards any of these postgraduate qualifications.

What you’ll study

You’ll study the WTO, the global organisation set up to create the legal ground rules for global trade among member nations and provide a system for international commerce.

You’ll gain a thorough overview of the WTO, why it exists, how it’s structured and operates, and its history to date.

The course focuses on the core principles of WTO law. You’ll examine critically the WTO’s key foundational principles, including:

  • non-discrimination
  • most-favoured nation (MFN)
  • national treatment
  • tariffs
  • quantitative prohibitions
  • subsidies
  • transparency.

And you’ll look at when there might be exceptions to these principles, and how they’re affected by security issues.

You’ll also study the WTO system of resolving disputes, regarded as the central pillar of the multilateral international trading system.

Why study Law online with the University of Aberdeen?

Study at a university with one of the largest and most internationally experienced teams of legal experts in any European law school.

How you’ll study

Online learning

Our distance-learning WTO Law course is delivered part-time, 100% online. You can study with us anywhere in the world and manage your study hours to suit you.

Part of our LLM in International Trade Law, this course is taught at Masters level. You’ll learn from highly qualified lawyers with extensive international experience.

Your teaching

Your teaching is delivered through MyAberdeen, our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It holds all the materials, tools and support you’ll need in your studies. Take a look around MyAberdeen.

You can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and laptop, 24 hours a day. You’ll find a range of resources at your fingertips, including:

  • podcasts of lectures
  • videos
  • slide presentations
  • reading lists
  • regular quizzes
  • the online resources of our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library and the Taylor Law Library
  • discussion boards with colleagues and tutors.

Your course coordinator

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Where this will take you

Towards an LLM

You’ll earn 15 credits at Masters level (SCQF Level 11) with this course. You can use these credits towards our:

Build your learning

We offer a wide range of specialist online Law short courses you can use to build your skills.

Many are part of existing Masters degrees and can be used to build up credits towards postgraduate qualifications.


This short course is ideal for lawyers and other interested professionals in the UK, as well as those in WTO-member states across the world where countries will be looking to take advantage of new opportunities to trade with the UK.

Your employer or professional institute may recognise this course for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Talk to your employer or institute to find out more.

Free career support

Access our free careers service while you study.

  • 1:1 appointments
  • CV checks
  • Interview prep
  • Job opportunities

See how our careers service can help you.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

  • an 2:1 (upper-second-class) Law degree (or equivalent).

Relevant practical experience in a related field is also beneficial.

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