Winter Academy, Summer Academy, and more

Choose from a range of short-term study options

Interested in broadening your knowledge of issues related to international law and economics? Our Winter and Summer Academies in Bern can be taken à la carte on a weekly basis or with the aim of obtaining a certificate or diploma. We also offer a Joint Academy on International Trade Law and Policy in Delhi with the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade. See below for details.

Winter and Summer Academy

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, Manager Government Affairs International Trade and Customs, Nike

The WTI Winter and Summer Academies cover cutting-edge issues in trade and investment law and policy. They are designed for private and public sector and civil society professionals as well as higher-education students. In lectures, discussions and case studies, renowned experts will teach you how to blend the policy aspects of trade and investment with thorough legal interpretation and economic analysis. By becoming a part of the WTI community, you will establish valuable contacts with fellow-minded professionals and lecturers.

Winter and Summer Academy modules can be taken individually on an à la carte basis. Students who take multiple courses in the Winter or Summer Academy can become eligible for a Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS) or a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in International Law and Economics. Visit our CAS / DAS Programmes page to learn more.


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.

We are pleased to announce the launch of the 2021 WTI-CWS Joint Academy on International Trade Law and Policy ("Joint Academy"), from 7 June - 2 July, 2021 through a virtual mode:

Week 1 (7 – 12 June 2021)

Essentials of WTO Law and Policy

Lecturers: Prof Peter Van den Bossche (World Trade Institute, Bern) and Ms. Shailja Singh (Centre for WTO Studies, Delhi) -3.5 days + .5 day

Agreement on Agriculture

Lecturers: Prof. Abhijit Das (Centre for WTO Studies, Delhi) and Ms. Anuradha R.V. (Clarus Law Associates, Delhi) -1.5 days

Week 2 (14 – 18 June 2021)


Lecturer: Dr Arthur Appleton (Appleton Luff International Lawyers, Geneva) - 3 days

Trade in Services

Lecturers: Mr. Jan Bohanes (Advisory Centre on WTO Law, Geneva) and Ms. Anuradha R.V. (Clarus Law Associates, Delhi) - 2 days

Week 3 (21 – 25 June 2021)

Trade and IPR

Lecturers: Ms. Jayashree Watal (World Trade Organization, Geneva) and Ms. Chandni Raina (Department of Economic Affairs, India) - 3 days

Investment Law

Prof. Krista Nadakavukaren Schefer and Prof. Prabhash Ranjan (South Asian University, Delhi) - 1.5 days + .5 days

Week 4 (28 June – 2 July 2021)

Electronic Commerce

Lecturers: Prof. Abhijit Das and Ms. Shailja Singh (Centre for WTO Studies, Delhi) - 1 day

The Law & Policy of Trade Remedies

Lecturers: Mr. Edwin Vermulst (VVGB Advocaten, Brussels) and Prof. Mukesh Bhatnagar (Centre for WTO Studies) - 3.5 days

International Bachelor Summer School for Climate Change Research

Confronting Climate Change – from Science to Policy

The third International Bachelor Summer School for Climate Change Research, co-organised by the WTI and the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research (OCCR), is scheduled to take place from 2 to 13 August 2021, in Bern, Switzerland. The International Bachelor Summer School will focus primarily on the following areas: The Physical Climate System, Climate Economics, Governance and Knowledge Transfer. It will include traditional keynote lectures, teamwork in workshops and self-study. Click here for more details.

More information can also be found in this flyer.