Pushing the boundaries in education and research

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 (19 October 2020)

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the following applies starting 19 October:

  • A general obligation to wear masks applies for all indoor spaces of the University of Bern, including the WTI.
  • Employees do not have to wear a mask at their stationary workstations as long as a minimum distance of 1.5 meters can be maintained. However, wearing masks is compulsory on the way to the workplace and during other movements in the building.
  • Students must wear a mask in all university buildings, both during lectures and during other movements in the building, even if the distance of 1.5 meters is guaranteed. Lecturers are exempt from the obligation to wear a mask during courses, provided that a minimum distance of 2 meters from the students can be maintained.
  • For employees: Whenever reasonable, meetings are to be held virtually, starting now. Employees, especially those who belong to a risk group, travel by public transport, or work in multi-person offices should work from home wherever possible.
  • For lecturers and students: In-person courses will only be conducted when a highly interactive component makes it necessary, i.e. seminars, internships, tutorials, and laboratory classes. A maximum of 60 students will be admitted per class.

Updated regulations from the University of Bern can be found here. The regulations for the Canton of Bern can be found here.

Please follow the rules and stay safe!

News and Information Archive

16 Oct 2020 | News

How has the world of education adapted to the process of Digitalisation?

On 9 October 2020, Peter Van den Bossche, the WTI's Director of Studies, presented the WTI's TRAIL+ (LL.M.) programme during the second session of the "Career Launch Initiative" organised by the European Law Students' Association (ELSA).

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13 Oct 2020 | News

Creation of the WTI Alumni Association

Several WTI alumni have gathered to start preparations for the formation of an official WTI Alumni Association, aiming to further strengthen and develop the alumni relations. The WTI's more than 500 alumni are part of an ever-growing, global and vibrant community of bright and dedicated minds.

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13 Oct 2020 | News

'Back to the Good Old Days of GATT Dispute Settlement?' Commentary by Peter Van den Bossche in the Autumn 2020 edition of the SIEL Newsletter

In his capacity as President of the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL), Peter Van den Bossche, Director of Studies of the WTI, wrote a commentary on the WTO dispute settlement system.

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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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