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. 

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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.

Winter Academy 2023

23 January - 16 February 2023

Courses:

Week 1 | WTO Law on Border Measures and Trade Facilitation
23 – 27 January 2023 (Take-home assessment on 28 January)
Monday – Friday 10 am – 3 pm (Central European time)
Lecturers: Roy Santana and Sara Núñez-Évora
ECTS: 3
Syllabus here

Week 2 | WTO Law on Anti-Dumping and Safeguard Measures
30 January – 3 February 2023 (Take-home assessment on 4 February)
Monday – Friday 10 am – 3 pm (Central European time)
Lecturers: Fernando Piérola and Edwin Vermulst
ECTS: 3
Syllabus here

Week 3 | WTO Law on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures
6 - 9 February 2023 (Take-home assessment on 10 February)
Monday – Thursday 9 am – 4 pm (Central European time)
Lecturers: James Flett and Luca Rubini
ECTS: 3
Syllabus here

Week 4 | The Law and Policy of Trade in Services
13 - 16 February 2023 (Take-home assessment on 17 February)
Monday – Thursday 9 am – 4 pm (Central European time)
Lecturers: Pierre Sauvé and Jan Bohanes
ECTS: 3
Syllabus here

 

Visit our CAS / DAS Programmes page to learn how you can apply these courses towards a certificate or diploma.

Summer Academy 2023

12 June - 28 July 2023

Foundations of Trade Policy and Trade Policy Data 
12-16 June 2023
Lecturers: Achim Vogt and Selina Hauser
Description: This course presents the theory of trade policy instruments (tariffs, preferential trade agreements, non-tariff measures, trade facilitation) and introduces the students to the use of the main international datasets covering those policy instruments.
ECTS: 3

Econometric Analysis of Trade Policy
19-23 June 2023
Lecturers: Joseph Francois, Octavio Fernández-Amador, Achim Vogt and Irene Garcés Iriarte
Description: This course presents the main econometric framework to perform ex-post analysis of trade policies: the structural gravity model of trade. This model predicts bilateral trade flows based on size and distance between exporter and importer units, e.g. geographical, cultural and policy-related barriers to trade. The students are also introduced to the management of bilateral trade data and the main gravity variables.
ECTS: 3

Input-Output and Applied General Equilibrium Models
26-30 June 2023
Lecturers: Patrick Tomberger 
Description: This course shows the use of input-output tables and social accounting matrices, which constitute the data basis for applied general equilibrium models. After that, students are introduced to the basics of computable general equilibrium models.
ECTS: 3

International Contracts Regarding Cross-Borders Trade and Investment
3-7 July 2023
Lecturers: Reka Papp and Benjamin Gottlieb
Description: (coming soon)
ECTS: 3

Technical Barriers to Trade in Pursuit of Sustainable Development
3-7 July 2023
Lecturers: Christian Häberli and Arthur Appleton
Description: (coming soon)
ECTS: 3

Challenges to International Climate Governance
10-14 July 2023
Lecturers: TBC
Description: (coming soon)
ECTS: 3

Non-Trade Concerns in International Trade: Public Health and Labour Standards
10-14 July 2023
Lecturers: Antony Taubman and Damien Raess
Description: (coming soon)
ECTS: 3

International Law and Policy Options for Climate Mitigation
17-21 July 2023
Lecturers: Nicolas Lockhart and Dominic Coppens
Description: (coming soon)
ECTS: 3

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

International Energy Law and Governance
24-28 July 2023
Lecturers: Anna-Alexandra Marhold
Description: (coming soon)
ECTS: 3

Intellectual Property Law and Technology Transfer
24-28 July 2023
Lecturers: Thomas Cottier and TBC
Description: (coming soon)
ECTS: 3


IMPORTANT

  • All courses are 4 full days + take-home assignment
  • All courses are offered in hybrid format


APPLY FOR A CERTIFICATE OF ADVANCED STUDIES (CAS)

This summer we will offer three different Certificates of Advanced Studies (CAS):

  • CAS on Applied Trade Policy Modeling (TRADEMOD) - 12-30 June 2023
  • CAS on International Climate Governance (CLIMGOV) - 10-28 July 2023
  • CAS on Trade, Investment and Sustainable Development (TRADESUS) - 3-21 July 2023

Visit our CAS / DAS Programmes page to learn how you can apply Summer Academy courses towards a certificate.

You also have the option to replace one of the CAS courses with another course offered during the Summer Academy.

The CAS Programme can be spread over time (i.e., you do not necessarily need to take all three courses in the 2023 Summer Academy but they need to be completed within 2 years).

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