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9 Oct 2019


Registration is now open for the World Trade Forum 2019

The World Trade Institute (WTI) is preparing to host this year’s World Trade Forum – on the theme of ‘Multilateralism at Risk’ – that takes place in Bern on 25 and 26 October.

The annual event focuses on a different trade-related issue every year. The 2019 forum, being held at the University of Bern, is jointly organised by the WTI, the European University Institute (EUI) and the Swiss Network of International Studies (SNIS).

Those wishing to attend are asked to register via Eventbrite.

The World Trade Forum brings together leading trade practitioners and scholars, government officials, representatives of international and nongovernmental organisations and civil society organisations.

This year's focus is on the factors putting the multilateral system at risk. High-level round tables will address the international economic dispute settlement crisis; cross-regime learning in the areas of climate change, trade and investment; China and the multilateral trading system; and the continuing challenge of addressing the needs of low-income developing countries.

The concluding plenary session will be devoted to the International Labour Organization (ILO) that is celebrating 100 years of existence and consider how the fourth industrial revolution affects trade and employment.

Every year, a book related to the World Trade Forum is published by Cambridge University Press. For 2019 the focus is on the dispute settlement crisis in international economic law.

For more information, see the programme and the World Trade Forum section on the Events page.