International Trade Law: A Casebook for a System in Crisis

A free online international trade law casebook written and edited by Professors Henry Gao, Jennifer Hillman, Nicolas Lamp and Joost Pauwelyn

We believe no student, anywhere in the world, should find themselves unable to learn international trade law because textbooks are too expensive.

That’s why the Geneva Trade Platform teamed up with four leading professors to create something brand new: a completely free, comprehensive online casebook.

The casebook is currently in its open beta version, with 17 core chapters ready and the final four chapters to be added soon. However, we believe the book is now sufficiently advanced to prove potentially useful to students and teachers alike. 

Why an Online Book?


The book includes 21 ‘Modules’ covering most aspects of international trade law, each broken into individual lessons to aid navigation, teaching and learning. Modules include narrative explanations, caselaw excerpts, notes, sample questions and problems.


1. International Trade Law from Multiple Perspectives
2. National Regulation of International Trade
3. History and Structure of Trade Agreements and the WTO
4. Settling International Trade Disputes
5. Customs Duties and Other Border Measures
6. National Treatment
7. Most-Favored-Nation Treatment & Preferential Trade Agreements
8. General Exceptions
9. National Security
10. Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures & Technical Barriers to Trade
11. Government Procurement*
12. Dumping and Anti-Dumping Duties
13. Subsidies and Countervailing Duties
14. Safeguards
15. Services
16. Intellectual Property
17. E-Commerce and the Digital Economy
18. Trade and Development
19. Trade and the Environment, Climate Change*
20. Trade and Labour*
21. WTO Reform*

* Coming soon

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the Beyond Trade Network?

A: The Beyond Trade Network (BTN) is a social network for those with an interest in trade policy, built and maintained by the Geneva Trade Platform.

Q:  Will there ever be any fees, subscriptions, or paywalled content? 

A: No, the online casebook will always be free in its entirety. 

Q: I would like a paper copy of the book, is that possible?

A: Not yet, but we are hoping to release a print-on-demand version of the book by the end of 2023. 

Q: Can I reference the casebook in an academic paper or university assignment? 

A: Yes, you can reference the casebook just as you would any other textbook or article you found online. 

Q: I’m a trade law academic, practitioner or expert, are there ways I could contribute?

A: We are always looking to expand the content with more analysis, critiques and examples from the field. We are also looking for assistance to write the accompanying teaching guide.

If you’re interested in joining the project please write to us at:

Q: How do I as a professor give my students access? 

A: You can direct your students to this page and the “Student Access” button above.

You can also send them this direct link:

Finally, you can download the QR code below (to do so right click on it and “Save As”) on a slide or handout and it will take students directly to the registration page for the casebook. 

QR Code for Student Access
(To Download, Right Click and “Save As”)