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9 Jul 2018


WTI opens its doors to summer studies participants

International students from far and wide are converging on Bern for the start of the annual WTI Summer Academy, which offers three weeks of trade and investment-focused teaching from 9 to 27 July.

Now in its 16th year, the Academy is designed for professionals from the private and public sector as well as higher-education students. In lectures, discussions and case studies, participants learn how to blend the policy aspects of trade and investment with thorough legal interpretation and economic analysis.

The 2018 Summer Academy opens with a module on the Future of the Trade and Investment Regime. Taught by Chad Bown, Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington DC, and Andrew Newcombe, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria, Canada, it will address the causes of the anti-globalisation and protectionist movements and consequences including the withdrawal from trade and investment agreements and their renegotiation.

Week two is devoted to International Investment Law and Policy: Promotion, Protection and Facilitation and will analyse the latest trends in the negotiation and implementation of international investment agreements. It is taught by Roberto Echandi of the World Bank and Rodrigo Polanco of the WTI.

The third and final week module is New Frontiers in Investor-State Dispute Settlement: From Arbitration to Courts, Prevention and Management of Disputes, taught by Krista Nadakavukaren Schefer of the University of Basel and former member of the WTO Appellate Body Ricardo Ramírez-Hernández of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. This course will examine the latest trends in the negotiation and implementation of international investment agreements, with respect to investment dispute settlement and dispute prevention and management.

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. Each module is worth three ECTS.