Interested in using your summer leave to broaden your knowledge of issues related to international law and economics? The WTI has the answer. We have extended our popular Summer Academy in Bern to eight weeks. Modules can be taken à la carte on a weekly basis or with the aim of obtaining a certificate or diploma. We will also continue to offer a Joint Academy in Delhi with the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade. See below for details.
WTI Summer Programmes
Choose from a range of summer study options
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
Led by Peter Van den Bossche, Director of Studies, WTI
The WTI Summer Academy covers cutting-edge issues in investment and trade law and policy. It is 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. Becoming a part of the WTI community, you will establish valuable contacts with fellow-minded professionals and lecturers.
Choose the weekly modules you wish to attend from our 'à la carte' offering. As of this year, you can earn a Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS) or a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in International Law and Economics. See the 'General Information' rubric for further details.
During the programme, you will receive access to our online resources and extensive library.
Summer Academy 2017
3–7 July 2017
Settling trade disputes: recent developments in WTO jurisprudence
This course offers the WTI’s yearly update on jurisprudential developments in trade law, including a critical reading of the latest case law before the WTO's Dispute Settlement System and its Appellate Body. In so doing, it explores the implications of recent jurisprudence for governments, businesses and consumers. The course reviews the nature of the substantive disciplines at play in recent disputes, the actors involved, the evolving frontiers of jurisprudence and the legal reasoning behind arbitral decisions.
ECTS points: 3
7 July 2017 – Day-long field trip to the World Trade Organization, Geneva
Weeks 2 and 3
10–21 July 2017
Frontiers of investment rule-making (in partnership with the University of Ottawa and the World Bank)
Roberto Echandi, World Bank; Krista Nadakavukaren Schefer, University of Basel; Patrick Dumberry and Wolfgang Alschner, University of Ottawa; and Rodrigo Polanco, World Trade Institute, Bern
This advanced two-week course analyses the latest trends in the negotiation and implementation of international investment agreements, dispute prevention and investment litigation, devoting particular attention to the most recent jurisprudence in investor-state arbitration and proposals for ISDS reform. Key differences in the substance of investment protection between bilateral investment treaties and the investment chapters of preferential trade agreements, particularly recent mega-regional agreements such as CETA, TPP and TTIP are explored, even if their future is uncertain. Alternatives to regulatory fragmentation in investment law are also addressed, including the relationship between investment and trade law and prospects for multilateral rule-making in the investment field. Causes and consequences of the termination and denunciation of investment agreements are also analysed.
The course can also be taken on a weekly basis, considering that the first week (10-14 July) will be mainly devoted to standards of protection in investment treaties, and the second week (17-21 July) to investor-state dispute settlement.
ECTS points: 3 per week
24–28 July 2017
Making markets contestable – exploring the trade and competition interface
Robert Anderson, WTO, Geneva and William E. Kovacic, George Washington University School of Law, Washington D.C.
This interdisciplinary course delves into the relationships between international trade, competition policy and government procurement from both a legal and economic point of view. It discerns lessons from the experience of the WTO, the US and the European Union in these subject areas. The course focuses on cross-border restrictive business practices and how they may be addressed by trade and competition rules. It includes a detailed discussion of failures of the current multilateral trading system to address international competition law problems, options to regulate competition law in the WTO and through other means, and a review of international case law in the area. The week also explores recent developments in government procurement disciplines from a legal, economic and political economy point of view.
ECTS points: 3
31 July–4 August 2017
Globalisation on trial: anti-globalisation, trade, income inequality and human rights
Douglas Nelson, Tulane University and Tatiana Berden Antonenko, World Trade Institute, Bern
This four day course (1 August is the Swiss National Holiday) will address the causes of the anti-globalisation movement and its most notable consequences, such as the exit of trade and investment agreements. The lectures will tackle selected issues in the political economy of trade and FDI, especially regarding their effects on jobs, wages, and income inequality, and will focus on the complex relationship between international trade and investment and human rights, particularly in the context of human rights impact assessments where the law, economics and policy come together.
ECTS points: 3
7–11 August 2017
Sustainable development in trade and investment agreements
This course addresses the key regulatory challenges posed by the proliferation of policy initiatives targeting environmental transitions, with a central focus on clean energy governance and climate change mitigation. The course also explores the trade policy implications flowing from the treaty provisions agreed at COP-21 in Paris, its follow-up at the COP-22 in Marrakech, as well as the increasing number of preferential trade and investment agreements addressing sustainable development goals. It further draws out implications for the post-Nairobi multilateral trading system, including the 2030 agenda for sustainable development.
ECTS points: 3
14–18 August 2017
Frontiers in intellectual property governance
Cyrill Rigamonti, University of Bern; experts of the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property, Bern
This course examines the international framework for IP protection, from the Paris Convention to the WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS Agreement). It further analyses WTO disputes over intellectual property rights (IPR) and provides an overview of regional patent and trademark systems as well as of the treatment of IPRs in latest generation preferential trade agreements. The course further explores the main economic principles of innovation and IP protection. Participants will gain an insight into the complex relationship of IP with public health, new technologies, competition policies, and investment. The course draws particular attention to frontier issues such as IP enforcement, counterfeiting and piracy as well as IP protection in the digital environment.
ECTS points: 3
21–25 August 2017
Governance challenges in the digital economy
Mira Burri, University of Lucerne; William Drake, University of Zurich, and Lee Tuthill, World Trade Organization, Geneva
The course explores the changes that the Internet is triggering in the global economy and resulting governance challenges. It depicts the evolution and key institutions of Internet Governance, and the complex and sometimes completely novel governance processes that evolve in the interaction between international organisations, states and non-state actors. Particular emphasis in the course will be placed on digital trade which, as the product of the fourth industrial revolution, is bringing about great promises about seamless trade, innovation and proliferation of digitally enabled services. The digital age also raises a number of delicate governance challenges. These relate to the need both to update and ‘future proof’ existing regulatory frameworks at the national and international levels and to ensure a balance between free data flows and the protection of vital public interests in areas such as privacy and national security. The course will give participants the expertise to address such questions in the context of the WTO and preferential trade frameworks.
ECTS points: 3
Due to the limited availability of student accommodation and high prices of apartments in Bern, it is highly recommended that you rent a room (double or single) in one of the student residences run by the Bernese Student Lodging Association. Please note that the WTI is not in a position to guarantee accommodation in Bern and cannot rent an apartment for you.
Accreditation of ECTS points
Summer Academy courses can be attended in a flexible, 'à la carte' manner. Modules can also lead to a Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS) or a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in International Law and Economics. A DAS can be awarded after obtaining 30 ECTS (around 8 weeks of course work plus a scientific research paper) and a CAS after obtaining 12 ECTS (around 3 weeks of course work plus a scientific research paper).
In consultation with the director of studies, Summer Academy courses can be counted towards the TRAIL+ programme at the WTI.
Important logistical information
Participants registered for the Summer Academy will have login information for the University of Bern/World Trade Institute online course management system sent to them via email in June. With this login information, participants will have access to the course syllabi and readings.
Please note, business attire is required for the day trip to the WTO.
Students need to apply for a visa at the Swiss embassy or consulate in their home country. The visa application process should be started as early as possible, as it can take several weeks for the Swiss immigration office to correspond with its Swiss embassies abroad. Citizens from EU and EEA countries do not require a visa.
We accept individuals who have completed an undergraduate degree in law, economics or political science, or in an unrelated field supplemented by relevant working experience. Participants are expected to have a strong command of English and should be ready to read a large amount of material in English both prior to and during the Summer Academy.
How to apply
Applying to the Summer Academy is straight-forward: send the completed and signed application form (downloadable from our link) together with your CV and a digital photo to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We charge a non-refundable registration fee of 50 Swiss francs which will be offset against the tuition fee.
Tuition for one week is 1,800 Swiss francs. Participants who attend for three weeks and complete a scientific paper to obtain a Certicate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in International Law and Economics will receive a discounted rate of 5,000 Swiss francs. Those who complete the full eight weeks plus a scientific research paper to obtain a Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS) in International Law and Economics will receive a further discount and pay 12,000 Swiss francs.
Payment must be made in Swiss francs. Due to the limited number of places, payment is due upon acceptance to the programme. Please note that the above fees do not cover other costs such as meals, housing or local transportation. Special rates apply to students registered at the University of Bern. A 50% tuition waiver is applicable to participants affiliated with the UNCTAD Virtual Institute (university staff and students and think tank members, with proof of institutional affiliation and/or registration). For detailed information, please visit the UNCTAD VI website.
Applications are accepted until the maximum number of 65 participants per week is reached.
The following deadlines and penalties apply for people who apply and have been accepted to the programme, but who subsequently withdraw:
- Cancellations before May: the WTI deducts 100 Swiss francs in order to cover banking fees
- Cancellations during May: the WTI deducts 30% and refunds 70% of tuition fee
- Cancellations during June: the WTI deducts 50% and refunds 50% of tuition fee
- No show = no refund
The WTI will not be granting scholarships for the Summer Academy. Financial aid, if needed, should be requested from other donor organisations or institutions.
Bern, the capital city of Switzerland, a UNESCO World Heritage Site close to the Swiss Alps, offers you plenty of options to spend your free time. You are sure to discover Bern's charm in summer.
Activities organised by the WTI
The Summer Academy team are keen to help you explore Bern and Switzerland. We regularly organise BBQs by the river and get-togethers in Bern's summer bars and restaurants.
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 2017 Joint Academy runs from 5 to 30 June.