Interested in using your summer leave to broaden your knowledge of international trade issues? The WTI has the answer. Our popular five-week Summer Academy in Bern will take place again this year. We have also joined forces with the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade to bring you the Joint Academy in India. See below for details.
WTI Summer Programmes
Choose from a range of summer study options
The Summer Academy at WTI has it all - academic rigour, inspiring lecturers... and fellow participants who add both to the fun and your network.Ingrid E. Persson, Trade Policy Advisor in the European Parliament
Led by Pierre Sauvé, Director of Programme Development, World Trade Institute, University of Bern
The WTI Summer Academy covers cutting-edge issues in investment and trade regulation and is designed for private, public and civil society professionals and higher-education students. In lectures, discussions and case studies, global experts will teach you how to blend the policy aspects of trade and investment with thorough legal interpretation and economic analysis. Becoming a part of the WTI community, you'll establish valuable contacts with fellow-minded professionals and lecturers.
Participate for the entire five weeks or choose the modules you wish to attend from our 'à la carte' offering. You'll receive access to the WTI's state-of-the-art facilities, online resources and extensive library.
Summer Academy 2016
4–8 July 2016
Settling trade disputes: recent developments in WTO jurisprudence
This course offers the WTI’s yearly update on jurisprudential developments in trade law, including a critical reading of the latest case law before the WTO's Dispute Settlement System and its Appellate Body. In so doing, it explores the implications of recent jurisprudence for governments, businesses and consumers. The course reviews the nature of the substantive disciplines at play in recent disputes, the actors involved, the evolving frontiers of jurisprudence and the legal reasoning behind arbitral decisions.
11–15 July 2016
Making Trade Sustainable: legal and policy challenges
Ilaria Espa, World Trade Institute, Bern and Ludivine Tamiotti, World Trade Organization, Geneva
This four-day course addresses the key regulatory challenges posed by the proliferation of policy initiatives targeting environmental transitions, with a central focus on clean energy governance and climate change mitigation. The course also explores the trade policy implications flowing from the treaty provisions agreed at COP-21 in Paris, as well as the increasing number of preferential trade and investment agreements addressing sustainable development goals. It further draws out implications for the post-Nairobi multilateral trading system.
15 July 2015 – Day-long field trip to the World Trade Organization, Geneva
Weeks 3 and 4
18–29 July 2016
Frontiers of investment rule-making (in partnership with the University of Ottawa and the World Bank)
This advanced two-week course analyses latest trends in the negotiation and implementation of international investment agreements, dispute prevention and investment litigation, devoting particular attention to the most recent jurisprudence in investor-state arbitration and proposals for ISDS reform. Key differences in the substance of investment protection between bilateral investment treaties and the investment chapters of preferential trade agreements, particularly recent mega-regional agreements such as CETA, TPP and TTIP are explored. Alternatives to regulatory fragmentation in investment law are also addressed, including the relationship between investment and trade law and prospects for multilateral rule-making in the investment field.
1–5 August 2016
Liberalising trade in services: new issues and impact assessment metrics
This course explores latest developments in the economics, law and policy of trade in services. It exposes participants to some of the most recent empirical findings and research methods in services trade, focusing particular attention on how to assess the net welfare effects of services liberalisation using the TradeSift software developed at the University of Sussex. Current trends in the expanding universe of preferential and plurilateral policy initiatives in services trade, notably those emerging from the TPP, CETA, TTIP and TISA negotiations are a further focus of the course. Key policy challenges and negotiating advances in digital trade are also explored.
Due to the limited availability of student accommodation and high prices of apartments in Bern, it is highly recommended that you rent a room (double or single) in one of the student residences run by the Bernese Student Lodging Association. Please note that the WTI is not in a position to guarantee accommodation in Bern and cannot rent an apartment for you.
Accreditation of 10 ECTS points
The five-week Summer Academy on International Trade Regulation is accredited with 10 ECTS points which can be awarded to students provided the five weeks' attendance is followed by successfully passing the relevant examination. The Summer Academy examination is approved by the Faculty of Law of the University of Bern. The 10 ECTS points count towards the Master of Law degree (at the University of Bern). Bern law students can apply for a partial fee waiver. That course, however, is not open to students attending the course on International Trade Regulation at the University of Bern, which has partially overlapping content.
Important logistical information
Participants registered for the Summer Academy will have login information for the University of Bern/World Trade Institute online course management system sent to them via email in June. With this login information, participants will have access to the course syllabi and readings. They will also be provided with a binder containing the printed compulsory readings upon their arrival.
Please note, business attire is required for the day trip to the WTO.
Students need to apply for a visa at the Swiss embassy or consulate in their home country. The visa application process should be started as early as possible, as it can take several weeks for the Swiss immigration office to correspond with its Swiss embassies abroad. Citizens from EU and EEA countries do not require a visa.
The Summer Academy, unlike the WTI Master's Programme (MILE), is essentially open to anyone who has graduated from a tertiary educational institution (Bachelor's degree or equivalent) or who is in the process of doing so (undergraduate student). Applicants should be able to demonstrate an excellent command of English and should be ready to read a large amount of material in English both prior to and during the Summer Academy.
How to apply
Applying to the Summer Academy is easy. Just fill out the form for the Summer Academy and send it, together with a copy of your CV to: email@example.com
We charge a non-refundable registration fee of 50 Swiss francs which will be offset against the tuition fee.
The fee for attending the full 5-week Summer Academy is 5,250 Swiss francs (CHF). Applicants also have the option to attend any number of individual weeks.
- 1 week = CHF 1,300
- 2 weeks = CHF 2,500
- 3 weeks = CHF 3,600
- 4 weeks = CHF 4,500
- 5 weeks = CHF 5,250
Payment must be made in Swiss francs. Due to the limited number of places, payment is due upon acceptance to the programme. Please note that the above fees do not cover other costs such as meals, housing or local transportation. Special rates apply to students registered at the University of Bern. A 50% tuition waiver is applicable to participants affiliated to the university members and think tank members of the UNCTAD Virtual Institute (staff and students, with proof of institutional affiliation and/or registration). For detailed information, please visit the UNCTAD VI website.
Applications are accepted until the maximum number of participants is reached.
There is no application fee, however, the following deadlines and penalties apply for people who apply and have been accepted to the programme, but who subsequently withdraw:
- Cancellations before May: the WTI deducts CHF 100 in order to cover banking fees
- Cancellations during May: the WTI deducts 30% and refunds 70% of tuition fee
- Cancellations during June: the WTI deducts 50% and refunds 50% of tuition fee
- No show = no refund
The WTI will not be granting scholarships for the Summer Academy. Financial aid, if needed, should be requested from other donor organisations or institutions.
Bern, the capital city of Switzerland, a UNESCO World Heritage Site close to the Swiss Alps, offers you plenty of options to spend your free time. You are sure to discover Bern's charm in summer.
Activities organised by the WTI
The Summer Academy team are keen to help you explore Bern and Switzerland. We regularly organise BBQs by the river and get-togethers in Bern's summer bars and restaurants.
Joint Academy in India
The Joint Academy on International Trade Law and Policy run by the WTI and the Centre for WTO Studies (CWS) of the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) is held annually in Delhi. It was established in 2014 to provide law students and legal professionals in India with an opportunity to increase their knowledge of trade regulation and governance issues.
The 2016 Joint Academy ran from 23 May to 17 June.