About the Institute

The World Trade Institute (WTI)

The World Trade Institute (WTI) is the leading interdisciplinary academic institution dedicated to teaching and research focused on international trade and investment regulation and economic globalisation and sustainability. As a centre of excellence at the University of Bern with an international, interdisciplinary focus, we explore the interconnections between the fields of law, economics and political science.

World Trade Review

The World Trade Review (WTR) was established at the initiative of the Secretariat of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in close cooperation with Cambridge University Press. It is an independent journal - the Editor and all but one member of the Editorial Board are drawn from university faculties - that includes articles written from economic, legal, political and inter-disciplinary perspectives on issues of relevance to the multilateral trading system. Priority is given to papers that, along with being academically rigorous, are also accessible to government policy officials and the wider public. The journal also includes shorter articles seeking to rebut or challenge published papers.

As of Janyuary 2022, the editorial team to lead the WTR consists of:

  • Wolfgang Alschner, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa
  • Manfred Elsig, Professor of International Relations at the University of Bern and Deputy Managing Director of the World Trade Institute.
  • Joseph Francois, Professor of International Economics at the University of Bern and Managing Director of the World Trade Institute.
  • Mona Pinchis-Paulsen, Assistant Professor of International Economic Law at The London School of Economics and Political Science.
  • Hylke Vandenbussche, Full Professor and International Trade Economist in the Department of Economics of the University of Leuven

Prof. Peter Van den Bossche, Director of Studies at the WTI, is, as of January 2022, member of the WTR Editorial Board.

The vision statement of the editorial team is as follows:

"The incoming editors wish to thank Alan Winters for his outstanding work with the journal. We are aware that the current global landscape is challenging for the study of global trade governance. Crises of multilateralism and a more power-based approach to preferential trade agreements, geopolitical tensions, growing nationalism and populism and a new pandemic are all stress testing the system. In these times, scholarly contributions are more important than ever. Following in the footsteps of Alan, we aim to continue to publish state-of-the art research in the respective fields of the journal. We welcome both theoretical and empirical contributions to provide insights into the world trading system writ large. We also encourage historical work in economics, law and international relations".

Their mission statement is:

"The mission of the World Trade Review is to provide a platform for rigorous, high quality scholarship that addresses salient questions regarding the system of international law and organisations governing trade and foreign investment. Such questions are inherently inter-disciplinary, and the managing editors encourage articles that address trade and investment governance from economic, legal, political, historical and inter-disciplinary perspectives. The peer review process assures that articles meet highest standards in terms of methodological rigour. The aim is to have impact not only in an academic sense, but also in the broader sense of bettering our understanding of systemic challenges through critical analysis and constructive debate. We encourage contributions from all corners of the world. While academic rigour is important, priority is placed on articles that are accessible to policy officials and the wider public".

The WTI is delighted and honoured that its directors, alongside Assistant Professor Mona Pinchis-Paulsen, have been appointed as new editors of the WTR. News about publications and other updates ( for example call for proposals) related to the WTR will published regularly on the WTI website. You can also consult the Cambridge University Press website linked on the left.

Please make sure to also follow the official WTR Twitter account for new updates and news. The link is on the left. 

Education, research, consultancy

The WTI combines graduate-level education, interdisciplinary research and specialised advisory services in a unique and dynamic institution. We recruit students, researchers, faculty and employees from around the world, creating a diverse culture and stimulating environment.

The WTI closely cooperates with the Institute of European and International Economic Law, which shares the same premises.


The institute was founded upon the conclusion of the Uruguay Round of the GATT and the advent of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 1995. It was established in 1999 to train future practitioners and researchers from all over the world and to strengthen research capacities in areas that have an increasing impact on people's lives. The financial crisis in 2008 showed the importance of not only a stable and open multilateral trading system under the auspices of the WTO but also organisations and agreements promoting regional integration.

Job vacancies

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Contact and location

World Trade Institute, University of Bern
Hallerstrasse 6
3012 Bern, Switzerland

Phone: +41 (0)31 631 3270

Email: inquire@wti.org

How to reach us

On foot from the central railway station:
When you arrive on the platform, do not descend into the station. Take the stairs/escalator up the west exit and follow the next stairs/escalator north. On Schanzenstrasse continue uphill for about 300 metres. Turn right on Hallerstrasse (at the Parterre Café) and walk about 50 metres. The World Trade Institute is on the opposite side of the street.

By bus from the central tram/bus stop on Bahnhofplatz:
Take bus number 20 to Länggasse and get off at 'Universität'. Continue in the direction of the bus for about 50 metres. At the corner of Hallerstrasse turn right and walk about 50 metres. The World Trade Institute is on the opposite side of the street. 

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