Interested in using your summer leave to broaden your knowledge of issues related to international law and economics? The WTI has the answer: our popular Summer Academy in Bern. Modules 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 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, Summer Academy modules can count towards a Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS) or a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in International Law and Economics. For example, you may choose to do a CAS in investment policy and competition. See the 'General Information' rubric for further details.
During the programme, you will receive access to our online resources and extensive library.
Summer Academy 2018
9–27 July 2018
This year, the programme will cover one common topic during the first week and will then offer two parallel tracks that each run for two additional weeks. The first track will focus on trade and sustainable development issues and the second track will highlight investment topics.
9–13 July 2018
The Future of the Trade and Investment Regime
Chad Bown, Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, DC, a Research Fellow at CEPR in London and a Non-Resident Fellow at the WTI, and Andrew Newcombe, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Recent political developments such as the decision of the United Kingdom (UK) to leave the European Union (EU) and the protectionist agenda of the Trump Administration in the United States (US) are generating profound changes in international economic relations. Although both the US and the EU have been the main protagonists of the international economic system for a long time, now the US is turning inwards while the EU is dealing with political and economic challenges at home. In that context, both the multilateral trading system and the extensive network of current preferential trade and investment agreements are under heightened scrutiny. In a number of countries, there is a backlash against investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) and the effectiveness of investment treaties has been questioned. There is a growing perception of uneven globalisation where trade and investment integration are blamed for negative effects. This course will address the causes of the anti-globalisation and protectionist movements and its most notable consequences, such as the withdrawal from trade and investment agreements and their renegotiation. What drives countries to do this and what are the consequences? Do they actually achieve what they want? How will they do it?
ECTS points: 3
Track 1: Trade
16–20 July 2018
Climate Change and Migration
Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger, Centre for International Sustainable Development Law, Montreal and Markus Gehring, British Institute of International and Comparative Law, London
From the 2015 Paris Agreement under the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), along with other international environmental, economic and human rights legal instruments, States and the broader international community are working to address the risk and reality of dangerous climate change. After nearly 17 years of deadlock, parties to the UNFCCC concluded the Paris Agreement and are now working to develop a rulebook for its implementation.
This course explores the Paris Agreement and its international regime, focusing on the challenges and opportunities of climate law and policy reform for sustainable development. It provides an analysis of the main relevant legal instruments and their implementation, an overview of the most important principles and policy discussions on different levels, as well as a participatory climate negotiations exercise. Upon successful completion, participants will be familiar with current international law and policy aspects of the Paris Agreement, the UNFCCC and its Kyoto Protocol, be equipped to analyse critical dimensions of climate law and policy, and be cognizant of the key legal and institutional reforms being undertaken to implement national and international climate change commitments and achieve SDG 13 on climate action. They will be in a position to make informed decisions regarding their future academic and professional roles in helping the world to tackle climate change.
ECTS points: 3
23–27 July 2018
Sustainable Human Mobility: Migration Governance in all its Dimensions
Elisa Fornalé, World Trade Institute; François Crépeau, McGill University
From the 2016 New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants to the future Global Compact for Migration, the international community has been more committed than ever to develop a comprehensive framework to govern human migration, and respond to the causes and challenges of irregular, unsafe and disorderly migration.
In the context of increased large movements of migrants and refugees globally, this course aims to delineate the proponents of “sustainable migration”, whereby migration will be discussed respectively from the nexus of (i) human rights, (ii) security, (iii) governance, (iv) labour mobility, (v) trade and (vi) climate change.
This course will provide an analysis of the main relevant legal instruments and of their implementation, an overview of the most important policy discussions at global and regional levels, as well as case studies.
ECTS points: 3
Track 2: Investment
16–20 July 2018
International Investment Law and Policy: Promotion, Protection and Facilitation
Roberto Echandi, World Bank and Rodrigo Polanco, World Trade Institute
This course will analyse the latest trends in the negotiation and implementation of international investment agreements, devoting particular attention to investment promotion and facilitation, as well as the most recent jurisprudence on investment protection. 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, the failed TPP, and the pending TTIP, are explored. 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.
ECTS points: 3
23–27 July 2018
New Frontiers in Investor-State Dispute Settlement: From Arbitration to Courts, Prevention and Management of Disputes
Krista Nadakavukaren Schefer, University of Basel, Basel; and Ricardo Ramírez-Hernández, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Mexico City, and former member of WTO Appellate Body, Geneva
This course will examine the latest trends in the negotiation and implementation of international investment agreements, with respect to investment dispute settlement, dispute prevention and management, devoting particular attention to the most recent jurisprudence in investor-state arbitration and proposals for ISDS reform, including the developments of standing or multilateral investment courts, following developments in the EU, Canada and UNCITRAL, as well as proposals for improving ISDS or replacing it with alternative means. Key features of investor-state arbitration procedures will be explored, such as consent and jurisdiction, the implications of the choice of different procedural rules (with particular focus on ICSID and UNCITRAL), available remedies and post-award remedies.
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). For example, you may choose to do a CAS in investment policy and competition.
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.
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 1,200 Swiss francs and for three weeks it is 3,200 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 does not grant 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.
International Bachelor Summer School for Climate Change Research
A new summer course from 2018: Confronting Climate Change - from Science to Policy
6 - 17 August
Organised in conjunction with the Oeschger Center of the University of Bern, the Summer School focuses on the following topics: the physical climate system, climate economics and governance and knowledge transfer. It comprises keynote lectures that are held by high-profile scientists, workshops to train and sharpen students’ disciplinary competence, and a simulation exercise of a multilateral climate conference that will be run by the students themselves. See the links for more information.
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 2018 Joint Academy will run from 5 to 30 June.