CAS and DAS Programmes


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Could you benefit from a refresher course at the WTI? Are you interested in our programmes but cannot commit to an entire year? Now is your chance to get a taste of what we offer and earn a certificate of attendance, Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) or a Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS).

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Our offer

The WTI offers you a unique opportunity to update and deepen your knowledge of international economic governance, trade and investment by participating in intensive, week-long courses on a wide range of topics. These interdisciplinary courses, which are part of the Master in International Law and Economics (MILE) programme and the Master in International Trade and Investment Law (TRAIL+), are taught by a faculty of renowned experts and practitioners. 

Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) - Participants who earn 8 ECTS in course work (3 courses) and 4 ECTS by writing a research paper are awarded a Certificate of Advanced Studies in International Law and Economics (CAS ILE).

Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS) - Participants who earn 22 ECTS in course work (8 courses) and 8 ECTS by writing a research paper are awarded a Diploma of Advanced Studies in International Law and Economics (DAS ILE).

During the academy year 2022/2023, we offer four different specialisations (details below):

  • specialisation Trade Law - 23 January-16 February 2023
  • specialisation Applied Trade Policy Modeling (TRADEMOD) - 12-30 June 2023
  • specialisation International Climate Governance (CLIMGOV) - 10-28 July 2023
  • specialisation Trade, Investment and Sustainable Development (TRADESUS) - 3-21 July 2023

If you cannot commit to a CAS, you can take single weekly courses on 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.

CAS ILE with a specialisation on International Climate Governance (CLIMGOV) (10-28 July 2023)

IMPORTANT: you have to pass all three courses below and write a paper to obtain a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) or you can pick one alternative course of the Summer Academy offer to replace one of the indicated courses.

Week 1 | Challenges to International Climate Governance
3-7 July 2023
Lecturers: Christoph RaibleGabriele Spilker and Eddy Bekkers
Description: (coming soon)

Week 2 | International Law and Policy Options for Climate Mitigation
17-21 July 2023
Lecturers: Nicolas Lockhart and Dominic Coppens
Description: There is broad concensus on the urgent need to pursue climate mitigation but not on the ways to do so.  This course will guide particpants through the internatinal law framework governing climate mitigation, and then explore the climate mitigation policies that public and private actors can pursue consistently with the framework. This course is for anyone interested in the law and policy of climate change – policymakers, academics, NGOs, and lawyers working on sustainability issues.

Week 3 | International Energy Law and Governance
24-28 July 2023
Lecturers: Anna-Alexandra Marhold
Description: Europe and the World are confronted by a pressing, multi-level energy crisis propelled by the perfect storm of rapidly progressing climate change and Russia’s war in Ukraine. Globally, as well as in Europe, a fine balance must constantly be maintained between ensuring a secure, competitive, affordable, but also a sustainable energy supply. The transition to a low carbon economy is moreover accompanied by many obstacles (regulatory, geo-political and technical). This course aims to give a comprehensive insight into international energy law and governance and the challenges ahead. Participants will gain a solid understanding of the relevant actors and international and regional agreements in the area of energy. It will centre on the intricacies of cross-border energy trade regulation under the rules of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) and Preferential Trade Agreements. The course will always link energy law and governance to timely case studies, such as the shift of European energy regulation as a response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, as well as to decarbonization and climate change mitigation.

CAS ILE with a specialisation on Trade, Investment and Sustainable Development (CAS TRADESUS) (3-21 July 2023)

IMPORTANT: you have to pass all three courses below and write a paper to obtain a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) or you can pick one alternative course of the Summer Academy offer to replace one of the indicated courses.

Week 1 | Technical Barriers to Trade in Pursuit of Sustainable Development
3-7 July 2023
Lecturers: Christian Häberli and Arthur Appleton
Description: This course will explore how to harness the international trade system to advance sustainable development. We will look at what is now permitted under the WTO Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) and what should be permitted were the international regulatory architecture to be revised to better meet the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs). First, the legal foundation of GATT Articles III and XX and the  TBT Agreement will be discussed from the perspective of the SDGs; then we will explore whether existing international trade rules are adequate to meet environmental, governmental, labour and human rights challenges. Our thesis is that international trade rules and standards and regulations must evolve to meet the SDGs in general, and climate change in particular. Our case studies will draw upon the Climate Change agreements, the EU’s Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM), and over-exploitation of palm oil in environmentally sensitive tropical regions.

Week 2 | Non-Trade Concerns in International Trade: Public Health and Labour Standards
10-14 July 2023
Lecturers: Antony Taubman and Damien Raess
Description: The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the fore longstanding concerns about how trade policy and its implementation bear on the fulfilment of public health outcomes. Trade policy settings can enable and facilitate access to vital medicines and medical technologies such as vaccines and personal protective equipment, but can also impede or disrupt production and supply chains. And the intellectual property system has attracted particular scrutiny, given its role in the innovation of new medical technologies and its impact on their equitable and effective diffusion dimension, especially at times when stark inequities in access were evident. This course provides a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary overview of the legal instruments, international institutions, domestic strategies and practical programs and initiatives involved in the trade policy dimension of the response to global health challenges, as exemplified by the pandemic. This module focuses on public approaches to protect labor standards through trade. Specifically, it focuses on the rise, design, determinants and impact of labor clauses in free trade agreements. By the end of the course participants will be able to: a) Conceptualize and analyze labor provisions in FTAs using the state-of-the-art LABPTA dataset; b) Explain the rise and design of labor provisions in FTAs; c) Assess the social and economic impact of the inclusion of labor provisions in FTAs; d) Evaluate recent policy reforms in labor / sustainable development chapters of FTAs in Europe and beyond; e) Reflect upon the interlinkages and potential trade-offs between the economic and social objectives of trade-labor linkage strategies.

Week 3 | International Investment Law and Sustainable Development
17-21 July 2023
Lecturers: Marie-Clare Cordonier and Markus Gehring
Description: (coming soon)

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