Winter Academy 2024


In Bern or online, the best place to specialise in trade and investment law and policy

Interested in broadening your knowledge of issues related to international law and economics? Our Winter Academy can be taken à la carte on a weekly basis or with the aim of obtaining a Certificate or Diploma. 

22 January - 16 February 2024


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General information

The WTI Winter Academy covers cutting-edge issues in trade and investment law and policy.

For professionals and students alike

The WTI Winter Academy 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.

A networking opportunity

By becoming a part of the WTI community, you will establish valuable contacts with fellow-minded professionals and lecturers.


Winter Academy modules can be taken individually on an à la carte basis. Students who take multiple courses 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.

All courses are available on-site, in our campus in Bern, or online (in hybrid, live Zoom format). 

Are you an alumnus/a of our MILE or TRAIL+ programmes? Then, you qualify for a 50% discount! More info in the section "Financial aid" below.

Winter Academy 2024

22 January - 16 February 2024

Course 1 | WTO Law on Border Measures and Trade Facilitation
22 – 26 January 2024 (Take-home assessment on 27 January)
Lecturers: Roy Santana and Sara Núñez-Évora
Download the full syllabus

Course 2 | WTO Law on Anti-Dumping and Safeguard Measures
29 January – 2 February 2024
Lecturers: Fernando Piérola and Edwin Vermulst
Download the full syllabus

Course 3 | WTO Law on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures
5 - 9 February 2024 
Lecturers: James Flett and Luca Rubini
Download the full syllabus

Course 4 | The Law and Policy of Trade in Services
12 - 16 February 2024 
Lecturers: Pierre Sauvé and Jan Bohanes
Download the full syllabus

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

Keep watching this page: more details will be updated continuously.


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 Winter Academy.

How to apply
Applying to the Winter or Summer Academy is straightforward:

  1. Consult the course offerings above and choose the courses you wish to follow.
  2. Fill out the online application form

Applications are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis, until the maximum number of participants per week is reached. 

Cancellation policy
The following deadlines and penalties apply for persons who apply and have been accepted to the programme, but who subsequently withdraw:

  • Cancellations 8 weeks before the course: the WTI refunds the tuition fee but deducts a 100 Swiss franc administration fee
  • Cancellations 4 weeks before the course: the WTI refunds 70% of tuition fee
  • Cancellations 2 weeks before the course: the WTI refunds 50% of tuition fee
  • No show = no refund

Tuition fees

  • Tuition for one course is 1,200 Swiss francs
  • Tuition for two courses is 2,200 Swiss francs
  • Tuition for three courses is 3,200 Swiss francs
  • Tuition for four courses is 4,200 Swiss francs
  • Tuition for five courses is 5,200 Swiss francs
  • Tuition for six courses is 6,200 Swiss francs

The tuition fee is due upon acceptance to the programme and must be made in Swiss francs, uniquely via bank transfer. Information on courses will not be provided until the tuition fee has been paid.

The Winter Academy tuition fees do not cover costs such as meals, housing or local transportation.

Participants receive a Certificate of Attendance upon completion of each course. A mimum attendance rate of 80% is required to obtain a Certificate.

Financial aid

As a general rule, the WTI does not offer tuition waivers or financial aid for its programmes. We only offer some opportunities for discount. Financial aid, if needed, should be requested from other organisations or institutions.

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

A reduced fee of 200 CHF is granted to students of the University of Bern. Please provide a confirmation of matriculation at the University of Bern to register.

A 50% tuition waiver is applicable to participants affiliated with the UNCTAD Virtual Institute (staff and students of university and think tank members, with proof of institutional affiliation and/or registration). This discount is only available for participants from lower-middle income and low income countries and cannot be combined with other discounts. For detailed information, please visit the UNCTAD VI website.

The winning team in the Final Oral Round of the John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition are awarded a tuition fee waiver for two weeks of the Winter or Summer Academy. The winning team in any of the Regional Rounds of the John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition are awarded a tuition fee waiver for one week of the Winter or Summer Academy. When applying, please make sure to upload the certificate you received.

If you are a Bulgarian national, you are eligible for the exclusive financial support of the Fonds Katzarovi, specially designed for Graduate and PostGraduate studies in Switzerland. Deadline 15 March. More info here.

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