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The World Trade Institute (WTI) is a leading academic institution dedicated to studies, teaching and research in international trade and investment regulation, economic globalisation and sustainability. As a centre of excellence at the University of Bern with an international, interdisciplinary focus, we explore the interconnections between the fields of law, economics and political science.


COVID-19 Update (14 January 2021)

In view of the worrying epidemiological situation, the Federal Council has decided to tighten the restrictions to contain the pandemic and to extend the existing measures until the end of February. The most relevant new measure for the University is the obligation to work from home, where it is possible and can be implemented with a reasonable amount of effort.

Currently, the following regulations apply:

  • Working from home is mandatory everywhere where it is possible and can be implemented with a reasonable amount of effort.
  • Masks are compulsory on the entire campus of the University of Bern, including the WTI. This applies to the entire perimeter of the institutions, i.e. not only inside the buildings but also their exterior spaces.
  • All in-person courses will continue to be replaced by distance learning. This also applies to further-education courses. (More detailed information on the holding of events in FS21 will follow in the next few days, as soon as some outstanding issues have been clarified).
  • Unfortunately, the study stations in the libraries can no longer be offered and will be closed. However, the circulation desks will remain open. Further Information
  • Unisport will be closed completely. Further Information (in german)
  • Events with participation by external people are cancelled. New events will not be allowed.

The university's crisis management team continues to recommend:

  • Installing the official Swiss-COVID app.
  • Avoiding large crowds of people.
  • Avoiding public transport during rush hour.

All other measures, especially the social distancing rules and hygiene recommendations, remain in place. All measures apply until further notice. The website is currently being updated. In the event of contradictory statements, the latest information applies. Updated regulations from the University of Bern can be found here. The regulations for the Canton of Bern can be found here. Click here for current information about in-person courses.

Please follow the rules and stay safe!

News and Information Archive

20 Jan 2021 | News

We are hiring!

The WTI is looking for a Student Assistant for the Graduate School (up to 20%). The starting date for this position is 1 April 2021 (negotiable).

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18 Jan 2021 | News

20th Edition of the John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition: Call for Case Authors

ELSA International is opening a call for the Case Authors of the 20th edition of the John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition. Academic or practitioners of WTO Law are welcome to send a Case proposal for the next edition of the Competition.

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15 Jan 2021 | News

Election results for the Committee of the WTI Alumni Association

The elections for the establishment of a Founding Working Committee for the creation of the WTI Alumni Association have been completed with a participation rate of 37% of the WTI’s MILE, TRAIL+ and PhD alumni.

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Latest Publications

15 Oct 2020

Can Panels Save WTO?

Abstract WTO is facing an unprecedented crisis. Multilateralism and international cooperation have crashed, not only because of a virus. Can WTO panelists don the strait ...

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