Short courses

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For government officials, embassy and NGO staff, and students

Designed for professionals as well as students, with limited time and resources, our short courses allow you to specialise in a variety of field of studies.

Introduction to International Negotiations

Enhance your negotiation skills with us!

Need to negotiate daily but lack the skills to do so successfully? If so, this short course could be the answer. Through practical exercises, case analysis and group discussion you will learn the strategies needed to solve conflicts of interest in a sustainable way.

About the course
This four-day course aims to form and enhance participants’ awareness of the negotiating process. They will acquire the tools and develop the skills required to manage everyday negotiation situations successfully.

The course is taught by Prof. Dr. Felix Addor, a veteran international negotiator with the Swiss government, and Deputy Director General of the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (Swiss Ministry of Justice), the federal agency in charge of all intellectual property matters in Switzerland

Course dates
March 1, March 8, March 15 and March 22, 2024

3 ECTS

Venue
World Trade Institute (WTI), Hallerstrasse 6, 3012 Bern
*Please note that this course is only offered on site*

Admission
The course is open to government officials, embassy staff, people working for international organisations and NGOs as well as students from different universities. If you are interested, please send an email to masters@wti.org including your updated CV in PDF.

Fees
1,000 Swiss francs

Digital Trade Law

What's peculiar about digital trade? And how is it regulated at multilateral and bilateral levels?

Learn about the contemporary landscape of global digital trade rulemaking.

About the course

The course explores the dynamic field of digital trade governance. It offers a deep understanding of the topic of digital trade, as well as of the emergent regulatory framework that governs it. This includes the rules of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the detailed framework of rules developed in preferential trade agreements (PTAs). The course covers in this latter sense major agreements, such as the CPTPP, the USMCA and the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement and gives a clear sense of the positioning of the key stakeholders within the preferential trade landscape and under the WTO plurilateral negotiations under the Joint Initiative on E-Commerce.

The course also explores the new generation of Digital Economy Agreements (DEAs) as legal innovation in the domain of digital trade regulation and as a new model of international cooperation in a technologically fluid environment. While the focus of the course is on global trade law, it also explores the important interfaces with domestic data governance regimes and the contestations around digital trade and privacy; digital trade and human rights; digital trade and sustainability, as well as data inequalities and the development dimension of global digital trade rulemaking.

Find the full syllabus here and below.

Lecturer

Mira Burri is Professor of International Economic and Internet Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Lucerne, Switzerland. She teaches international intellectual property, media, internet and trade law. Mira’s current research interests are in the areas of digital trade, culture, copyright, data protection and data governance. Mira is the principal investigator of the project ‘Trade Law 4.0’ (ERC Consolidator Grant 2021– 2026; https://digitaltradelaw.ch/). She consults the European Parliament, UNESCO, ASEAN, the WEF and others on issues of digital trade and data-driven innovation. Mira is also a member of the Research Council of the Swiss National Science Foundation. Mira has edited the publications Trade Governance in the Digital Age (Cambridge University Press 2012) and Big Data and Global Trade Law (Cambridge University Press 2021). 

Course dates
11 April, 18 April, 25 April and 2 May 2024, 9:30 – 12:00 hrs

2 ECTS

Venue
World Trade Institute (WTI), Hallerstrasse 6, 3012 Bern
This course is hybrid: it is offered on-site and online (Zoom).

Admission
The course is open to government officials, embassy staff, people working for international organisations and NGOs, WTI alumni, and Master students from any faculty of the University of Bern or any other university worldwide.

If you are interested, please send an email to masters@wti.org

Fees
600 Swiss francs

Trade Policy Making and the WTO

Catch up on global economic governance, the WTO, its past and future, with the very best in the field!

About the course
This course will look into the issue of global economic governance and the role of the WTO in the current international context. It will cover a brief background on the founding principles and functions of the WTO and check whether these are still valid and operational today.

The course will then explore the issue of WTO Reform, based on the problems and proposals identified by Members. This includes issues of transparency, negotiations and dispute settlement. The course will also look into the evolution of WTO Ministerial Conferences.

Lecturer
Victor do Prado is a professor of Economic Diplomacy at the Paris School of International Affairs - SciencesPo and Senior Fellow at the Brazilian Center for International Relations. From 2012 to 2022, he was the Director of the Council and Trade Negotiations Committee Division at the WTO. He was a diplomat and member of the Brazilian delegation and negotiating team during the concluding phase of the Uruguay Round and early years of the WTO. Victor do Prado served as a panelist in three WTO dispute settlement cases. From 2005 to 2012, he was WTO’s Deputy Chief of Staff.

Course dates
April 29 and 30, 2024

1 ECTS

Venue
World Trade Institute (WTI), Hallerstrasse 6, 3012 Bern
This course is hybrid: it is offered on-site and online (Zoom).

Admission
The course is open to government officials, embassy staff, people working for international organisations and NGOs, WTI alumni as well as students from different universities. If you are interested, please send an email to masters@wti.org including your updated CV in PDF.

Fees
250 Swiss francs