CUS201 International Trade Treaties and Conventions (16)

This subject examines the obligations generated in an extensive range of international trade treaties and conventions which impact on how cross-border trade is managed. These international instruments will be examined from the perspective of both the control and the facilitation of traded goods. The agreements administered by the World Trade Organization (WTO), the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the United Nations (UN) agencies will be key aspects of this subject.


Session 1 (30)
Canberra Campus
Session 2 (60)
Canberra Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: CUS201. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Centre for Customs and Excise Studies

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the international trade treaties and conventions which have implications for border management.
  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the role of customs and border agencies play in implementing national obligations
  • be able to integrate ideas and formulate solutions to issues and problems in the border management context that arise as a consequence of international trade treaties and conventions and apply those solutions to border management practice
  • be able to review and analyse critically international, regional and national developments affecting border integrity and trade.
  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the key principles of the international trade treaties and conventions which impact on border management and international trade (for example the WCOs Revised Kyoto Convention; WTOs multilateral trade agreements and the UN Drug Conventions.)
  • be able to demonstrate the application of the key principles of the international trade treaties and conventions to the development of creative and effective solutions to border management issues, e.g. prohibited and restricted goods, trade facilitation and information exchange
  • be able to assess critically the challenges faced by customs and other border agencies in meeting international obligations while ensuring that national obligations and policies are not compromised
  • be able to identify the relevant international trade treaty or convention applicable to a border management scenario, and clearly and coherently articulate the implications raised and propose appropriate actions


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • International border obligations: Treaties and Conventions the nature of treaties, domestic border management and international law aspects of border management affected sovereignty, extraterritoriality and immunity jurisdiction, In the air and at sea
  • The World Customs Organisation (WCO): the Revised Kyoto Convention on the Simplification and Harmonization of Customs Procedures
  • The World Trade Organisation (WTO) and other Global Organisations,Trade in Goods fundamental Principles of the GATT, the multilateral agreements, Customs unions and free trade areas, preferential arrangements, the TRIPS Agreement, Dispute Settlement , International Maritime Organization (IMO)
  • UN Drug Conventions and other conventions on prohibited goods and illicit drugs
  • Other International Conventions

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of CUS201 in Session 2 2021. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
On-line participation
The wto and the wco
Memorandum to the minister
Selected essay topics

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2022. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.