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.

Interest Form

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.

Are you a graduate of our MILE or TRAIL+ programmes? If so, you qualify for a 50% discount on the week-long courses offered in our Winter and Summer Academies. In your application, please indicate that you are a MILE or TRAIL+ alumna/alumnus.


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.

The 2022 WTI-CWS Joint Academy on International Trade Law and Policy will be held online from 6 June – 1 July 2022.

Week 1 (6 –11 June 2022)

Essentials of WTO Law and Policy
Lecturer: Prof. Peter Van den Bossche (World Trade Institute, Bern) 

Investment Law
Lecturers: Prof. Krista Nadakavukaren Schefer (Swiss Institute of Comparative Law, Lausanne) and Prof. Prabhash Ranjan (Jindal Global Law School, Delhi)


Week 2 (13–17 June 2022)

Trade and IPR
Lecturers: Prof. Henning Grosse Ruse-Khan (University of Cambridge) and Ms. Chandni Raina (Department of Economic Affairs, India)

Trade in Services
Lecturers: Mr Jan Bohanes (Advisory Centre on WTO Law, Geneva) and Ms Sonia Pant (Indian Economic Service, Delhi)


Week 3 (20–24 June 2022)

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

Agreement on Agriculture
Lecturers: Prof. Abhijit Das (Centre for WTO Studies, Delhi) and Ms. Anuradha R.V. (Clarus Law Associates, Delhi)


Week 4 (27 June–1 July 2022)

The Law & Policy of Trade Remedies
Lecturers: Mr Edwin Vermulst (VVGB Advocaten, Brussels) and Prof. Mukesh Bhatnagar (Centre for WTO Studies, Delhi)

Foreign Subsidies
Lecturer: Prof. James Nedumpara (Centre for Trade and Investment Law) – 1 session

Trade and Sustainability – 1 session [TBC]

Trade and Gender + Trade and MSMEs – 1 session [TBC]

Electronic Commerce
Lecturers: Prof. Abhijit Das and Ms Shailja Singh (Center for WTO Studies, Delhi) – 3 sessions

Feedback and Closing

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), will take place from 8 – 19 August 2022.

Keynote Lecturers
Thomas Stocker, Olivia Romppainen-Martius, Joseph Francois, Karin Ingold, Ralph Winkler, Manfred Elsig, Peter Van den Bossche, Jörg Franke, Christoph Raible, et al.

University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland

Early bird registration 500 CHF, regular registration 550 CHF
The registration fee includes course participation, the field trip to the Aletsch Glacier, an “icebreaker” and final drinks reception, supervision and materials. Accommodation (additional): 410 CHF

Registration deadline
Early bird 17 April 2022, regular deadline 15 May 2022

Further information and here.