Master of Advanced Studies in International Law and Economics (MILE)


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NEXT INTAKE: September 2022

Looking to embark on a rewarding career in international trade? Then you have come to the right place. The Master of Advanced Studies in International Law and Economics (MILE) programme is designed for students and professionals who wish to broaden their knowledge of international trade and investment in the fields of law, economics and political science.

Information regarding the coronavirus pandemic and what it means for the beginning of the new semester at the WTI

The spread of the coronavirus does not only affect our regular daily lives but also has a significant impact on the global trading system. The WTI is at the cutting edge of the latest developments in global trade policies. As a student at the WTI, you will be able to deepen your knowledge of how this crisis will shape the future of the trading system through the teaching and expertise of an excellent in-house and external faculty.

*Please note that the MILE and TRAIL+ (LL.M.) programmes starting in September 2022 will only be offered on site*

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Why the MILE

What makes the MILE programme unique is the interdisciplinary approach to the study of international economic governance.

Professor Peter Van den Bossche, WTI Director of Studies

Established in 1999, the Master of Advanced Studies in International Law and Economics (MILE) is the flagship programme of the World Trade Institute. It is one of the world’s leading programmes of advanced studies in the field of international trade regulation and has close ties to the WTI’s research portfolio. The programme uniquely combines a multidisciplinary perspective with a strong applied focus. In addition to our resident faculty, we bring in the world’s leading trade experts from law firms, international organisations, policy research institutes and top universities.

What we offer

  • A one-year, intensive graduate programme (can also be taken part-time)
  • Teaching and guidance from world-class scholars and practitioners - recruited from leading universities, international organisations, think tanks and global law firms
  • Highly applicable real-world knowledge and the latest research developments in international trade and investment regulation, and economics
  • A vibrant alumni network with over 600 members worldwide
  • Strong networks and mentoring programmes to help students secure internships and entry-level positions

What you bring

  • The MILE is designed for students and professionals with a background in law, economics, international relations or political science, who wish to embark on a career in international trade and investment

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MILE key dates, courses and faculty

The MILE curriculum is interdisciplinary, combining law, economics and political science. You will study the global economy, international macroeconomics and applied economics, trade facilitation, competition law, investment law, dispute settlement, trade remedies and much more. The WTI attaches great importance to its teaching methods. Courses consist of lectures and case studies, offering students opportunities for classroom discussions, group workshops, and individual research. For a full list of available courses, please refer to the MILE curriculum (link to the right).

External participants interested in taking single weekly courses can do so on an à la carte basis, as a part of our Winter and Summer Academies. Visit the Winter and Summer Academy page for a current list of à la carte courses, course descriptions, and fee information.



14, 15 & 16 September 2022
Induction days at the WTI
Programme here


FALL SEMESTER (19 September to 23 December 2022)

Foundations of Economics
19 September – 23 December
Lecturers: Selina Hauser (Mathematics and Statistics), Irene Garcés Iriarte (Microeconomics), Octavio Fernandez- Amador (Macroeconomics)
Syllabus here

International Trade Regulation
19 September – 23 December
Lecturer: Michael Hahn
ECTS: 10
Syllabus here

International Investment Law 
19 September – 23 December
Lecturer: Rodrigo Polanco
Syllabus here

Academic Support
29 September, 27 October, 17 November, 8 December and 15 December
Lecturers: Peter Van den Bossche and Rodrigo Polanco
Syllabus here

Global Political Economy
26 September – 23 December
Lecturer: Manfred Elsig
Syllabus here

Global Economic Governance Seminars – Fall Series
19 September – 23 December
ECTS: 1.5
Every session features an expert lecturer. Please visit the Events page for a list of seminars.


WTO Law on Border Measures and Trade Facilitation
23 – 27 January 2023
Monday – Friday 10 am – 3 pm (Central European time)
Lecturers: Roy Santana

WTO Law on Anti-Dumping and Safeguard Measures
30 January – 3 February 2023
Monday – Friday 10 am – 3 pm (Central European time)
Lecturers: Fernando Piérola and Edwin Vermulst

WTO Law on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures
6 - 10 February 2023 (Take-home assessment on 11 February)
Monday – Friday 9 am – 4 pm (Central European time)
Lecturers: James Flett and Luca Rubini

The Law and Policy of Trade in Services
13 - 17 February 2023 (Take-home assessment on 18 February)
Monday – Thursday 9 am – 4 pm (Central European time)
Lecturers: Pierre Sauvé and Jan Bohanes

Download all course descriptions here.

For questions about the curriculum, please contact the Academic Coordinator.

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