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18 Apr 2024 | Event

"Tailored Protectionism – How Big Firms Shape Non-Tariff Measures”: Brown Bag Seminar with Christian Winkler

Christian Winkler, PhD candidate in International Relations and Economics (Minor) at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva, will join us at the WTI. Title of his talk: "Tailored Protectionism – How Big Firms Shape Non-Tariff Measures"

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18 Apr 2024 | News

Join the webinar "Trade Meets AI: Navigating in a ‘Digital New World’"

Tomorrow at 9 am (CEST), several WTI-affiliated experts and alumni will be panelist at this webinar. Join them as they discuss the role of AI for trade professionals.

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17 Apr 2024 | News

Watch the video: International Investment Law and Sustainable Development

Discover Course 2 of the WTI Summer Academy 2024

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16 Apr 2024 | Event

Brown Bag Seminar with Niels Lachmann, University of Southern Denmark

Niels Lachmann, PhD fellow at the SDU-University of Southern Denmark and Visiting Research Fellow at the WTI, will present on "International trade law and international investment law: avenues for addressing cross-border data flows?"

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11 Apr 2024 | Event

Welcome back, Javier!

On 23 April, the World Trade Institute welcomes back alumnus Javier Gutiérrez (MILE 12), now Counsellor at the World Trade Organization (WTO), External relations, partnerships and strategic communications. Join us too!

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10 Apr 2024 | Event

Alumni! Block your calendar: 27 May in Geneva

Alumni Get Together: Join us on Monday, 27 May 2024

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10 Apr 2024 | News

Unlocking opportunities

Download our brand new brochure! Discover the World Trade Institute!

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10 Apr 2024 | News

Watch the video: International Climate Governance

Discover Course 1 of the WTI Summer Academy 2024

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9 Apr 2024 | Event

Brown Bag: "The Information Economy” with Marc Copelovitch, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Marc Copelovitch, Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will join the WTI for the upcoming Brown Bag. His presentation is on:

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9 Apr 2024 | News

MILE Alumni Profile: Ratnakar Adhikari

Ratnakar Adhikari, a graduate of MILE 2, is Executive Director of the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF), a programme supporting least developed countries to be more active in the global trading system. In this interview he talks about the challenges in store and how MILE set him on his career path.

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3 Apr 2024 | News

Prof Fornalé at the Regional Consultation on the elaboration of CEDAW General Recommendation No. 40

WTI Professor Elisa Fornalé has been invited to take part in the Regional Consultation on the elaboration of CEDAW General Recommendation No. 40 on the equal and inclusive representation of women in decision-making systems for Eastern European States, Western European and other States.

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3 Apr 2024 | News

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Conference "Asian and African Perspectives on Law and Sea-level Rise” (Lisbon, 3 October)

WTI’s research fellow, Dr. Aylin Yildiz Noorda, is co-organizing a conference titled "Asian and African Perspectives on Law and Sea-level Rise" and the call for papers is out!

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2 Apr 2024 | News

"A Rather Sober Experience": Insights from the WTO's 13th Ministerial Conference, by Prof Manfred Elsig

Prof Manfred Elsig, Deputy Managing Director and Director of Research at the World Trade Institute, writes on the outcomes of the recent WTO MC13 for the ENSURED Europe blog.

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25 Mar 2024 | Article

PhD course: General Equilibrium Modelling in a Complementarity Format (13-18 May 2024)

The course is intended for PhD students in economics or a closely related field who are interested in general equilibrium modelling with GAMS software. Students from all Swiss universities may enrol. A limited number of people with relevant professional or academic interest may be also admitted. The goal of the …

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21 Mar 2024 | News

EFTA investments in India - how to realise them? Prof Elsig interviewed by SRF

On 19 March, Prof Manfred Elsig, WTI’s Deputy Managing Director, was interviewed by the Swiss-German Radio station SRF’s "Echo der Zeit” broadcasting on the recently concluded "EFTA-India Trade and Economic Partnership Agreement". Listen here (in German).

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21 Mar 2024 | News

Prof Van den Bossche appointed as panelist in WTO dispute

The WTI’s Director of Studies has been appointed as a panellist in the WTO dispute, European Union – Countervailing duties on Imports of Biodiesel from Indonesia (DS618).

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20 Mar 2024 | Article

Hiring: Student Fellow for Administration (40%)

The WTI team is looking for a student fellow, who can assist the WTI Team with administrative support for its Master programmes, weekly courses, seminars, and events. Tasks include, among some, upload reading material to online student platforms, redact weekly course reports, compile surveys, and analyse the results from the …

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20 Mar 2024 | News

WTI signs new MOU with the Latin American Network of International Economic Law (Red-Lat DEI)

The WTI and the “Red Latinoamericana de Derecho Económico Internacional” sign a new Memorandum of Understanding.

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19 Mar 2024 | Publication

Why is there no investor-state dispute settlement in RCEP? Bargaining and Contestation in the Investment Regime

Check out this new article by several WTI researchers in "Business and Politics” journal.

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14 Mar 2024 | Event

Join us on Tuesday for another exciting Global Economic Governance Seminar!

GEG Seminar with Arti Gobind Daswani, Lawyer at the Market Access Division of the World Trade Organization, will talk about: "Areas of Work of the WTO Secretariat”.

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14 Mar 2024 | Publication

Human Rights and Unilateral Economic Sanctions: A New Perspective on a Twisted Relationship

Check out the latest publication of Iryna Bogdanova, WTI’s Postdoctoral Researcher, in the European Yearbook on Human Rights 2023

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12 Mar 2024 | Event

HURRY UP! Grab your spot for tomorrow’s exclusive webinar

Strengthening Strong Economic and Political Ties: The 2023 US-Taiwan Trade Agreement

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8 Mar 2024 | News

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day (8 March) is ‘Inspire Inclusion’.

Together, we want to celebrate this important day of reflection and advocacy. Together we can forge women's equality. Take action to drive gender parity. On behalf of the Know the GAP team at the World Trade Institute, we wish you a very special International Women’s Day!

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7 Mar 2024 | News

Come join us for alumna Wase Musonge

The World Trade Institute welcomes Wase Musonge (MILE 10), now Legal/Economic Affairs Officer at the WTO

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29 Feb 2024 | Event

Can International Institutions Bypass Spoiler Members? The Case of the Trade Regime and the MPIA - Brown Bag Seminar, 14 March

Krzysztof Pelc, Lester B. Pearson Professor in International Relations at Oxford University, joins us at the WTI for the first Brown Bag of 2024.

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26 Feb 2024 | News

WTI at Gujarat International Moot Court Competition 2024

110 students, from 36 universities, 3 winners …

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26 Feb 2024 | News

Promoting Equal and Inclusive Representation of Women in Decision-Making Systems: A Holistic Approach to Economic Empowerment

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21 Feb 2024 | Event

Join us on Monday! GEG Seminar with Amb Didier Chambovey "Switzerland’s trade policy : Achievements, Past and Future Challenges"

Join the 1st Global Economic Governance seminar of 2024. Sign up now! Ambassador Didier Chambovey, former Swiss Ambassador to the World Trade Organization and current member of the WTI Advisory Board, will join us for the first GEG Seminar of 2024.

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19 Feb 2024 | Event

Only a few days left! Register today!

Promoting Equal and Inclusive Representation of Women in Decision-Making Systems: A Holistic Approach to Economic Empowerment

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15 Feb 2024 | Event

Alumni Talk with Hiba Batool (MILE 17)

The World Trade Institute is pleased to welcome back alumna Hiba Batool (MILE 17), now Sustainable Development Officer at the International Trade Centre (ITC)

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8 Feb 2024 | News

It’s never too late ..

... to boost your career ... to upskill your CV ... to upgrade your knowledge ... to learn something new …

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5 Feb 2024 | Event

Join the debate! Promoting Equal and Inclusive Representation of Women in Decision-Making Systems

Together with GQUAL and Dr Cristani (Institute International Relations, Prague), we are organizing a conference on the topic of “Equal and Inclusive Representation of Women in Decision-Making Systems: A Discussion on Economic Participation” to be held at the premises of the World Trade Institute, University of Bern on 23 February …

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1 Feb 2024 | News

Article "Space-based commerce: a new interdisciplinary approach"

Check out our latest blog post on the outcomes of the conference “The Economics and Law of Space-Based Commerce”.

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31 Jan 2024 | News

WTI and Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia) sign Memorandum of Understanding

The MoU aims to promote academic and cultural collaborations, strengthening UANDES and WTI programmes as well as fostering student and staff exchanges.

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31 Jan 2024 | Publication

Elgar Encyclopedia of International Economic Law

Prof Em Thomas Cottier, Krista Nadakavukaren Schefer and Dr Rodrigo Polanco - all associated with the WTI - are editors of the new vastly expanded edition of the Elgar Encyclopedia of International Economic Law. To celebrate the launch of this indispensable resource, 10 entries are free to access for a …

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29 Jan 2024 | News

Article "Red Sea crisis not a threat to US economic outlook - so far"

WTI’s Managing Director, Prof Joseph Francois, was interviewed by The National, a large English-speaking journal in the Middle East.

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25 Jan 2024 | Article

The MILE and TRAIL Masters' application deadline is approaching! Join our next intake!

31 January is the final deadline to apply to our MILE and TRAIL Master's programmes!

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23 Jan 2024 | Publication

Global value chain integration and non-tariff measures

A new paper by Irene Garcés and Achim Vogt, WTI Researchers, published on Economic Letters, Volume 235, 2024

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19 Jan 2024 | News

A photo summary of the conference "The Economics and Law of Space-Based Commerce"

The conference, which concluded yesterday 18 January, looked at the applicability of economic concepts, the concepts of international economic law, and the concepts of economic governance to space-based commerce.

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19 Jan 2024 | Publication

A must-read! "Use of the immobilized Russian Central Bank assets to rebuild Ukraine: between political will and legal hurdles"

Book chapter by Dr Iryna Bogdanova in the European Central Bank Legal Conference Book 2023 "Treading softly: How central banks are addressing current global challenges"

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16 Jan 2024 | News

LAST CALL! Last spots for our Winter Academy courses in February.

Hurry up and secure your place today!

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10 Jan 2024 | Event

You can still attend online!

This workshop will focus on the economics and governance of commercialisation in outer space. It will look at the applicability of economic concepts, the concepts of international economic law, and the concepts of economic governance to space-based commerce.

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27 Dec 2023 | Article

Research assistants, PostDocs … we are hiring! Check out the “Careers” page.

Research assistants, PostDocs … we are hiring! Check out the “Careers” page for all calls and application information. Hurry up!

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20 Dec 2023 | News

Season’s Greetings from all of us, at the World Trade Institute

On behalf of the WTI community, we wish you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday season and a new year full of health and success.

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19 Dec 2023 | Publication

MATS Report: "Year Three of Russia’s Aggression. Production and Trade Risks for Global Food Security."

Today we publish the December report on the outcome of the project "Repairing Broken Food Trade Routes Ukraine – Africa”. This report concludes the research project.

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19 Dec 2023 | Event

Conference "The Economics and Law of Space-Based Commerce": The final program is out!

This workshop will focus on the economics and governance of commercialisation in outer space. It will look at the applicability of economic concepts, the concepts of international economic law, and the concepts of economic governance to space-based commerce.

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14 Dec 2023 | News

Prof Manfred Elsig interviewed on Ukraine’s “Peace Formula” (German original)

Nau.ch article: "The next round of talks on the "peace formula" in the Ukraine war will take place in Switzerland: How promising is the idea?"

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12 Dec 2023 | News

There’s no better gift, than the opportunity to learn something new …

A Winter Academy course in WTO law (on-site or online) can be the right gift!

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5 Dec 2023 | Publication

Unpacking the Digital Transformation of Trade

Blog interview by Pamela Hyatt with Craig Atkinson, WTI Non-Resident Fellow and Research Affiliate at Singapore Management University Centre for AI and Data Governance/Centre for Computational Law, published on November 29, 2023 by the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT).

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5 Dec 2023 | Event

Brown Bag Seminar: "Navigating Protectionism: Unpacking the role of strategic sectors and bilateral dependencies”

Alessia Invernizzi, from the University of Konstanz (Germany), joins us at the WTI for the final Brown Bag of 2023.

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1 Dec 2023 | News

Put a course under the Christmas Tree!

There is no better gift for your loved one, than the opportunity of further education.

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1 Dec 2023 | News

An eventful November for WTI Director of Studies

Prof. Peter Van den Bossche, the WTI Director of Studies, visited and gave lectuers at Bocconi University and Università Cattolica in Milan, and at The City Law School, University of London.

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29 Nov 2023 | News

New short course! Digital Trade Law

Next April, learn about the contemporary landscape of global digital trade rulemaking. Here’s more info and the fully syllabus.

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28 Nov 2023 | News

UniAKTUELL: Rebuilding Ukraine with Russian Money

Iryna Bogdanova, postdoctoral researcher at the World Trade Institute, writes a new article for UniAKTUELL: the online magazine of the University of Bern. Available in English and in German.

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23 Nov 2023 | Event

GEG Seminar with Nathalie Bernasconi-Osterwalder, Interim Co-President and Co-CEO, IISD

Join the 4th and last Global Economic Governance seminar of this semester. Don't miss it!

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21 Nov 2023 | News

WTO Youth Trade Summit on Gender

The WTI’s nominee, Modesta Nsowaa-Adu was one of the 56 young professionals selected to attend the WTO's first Youth Summit on Gender held in Geneva last week.

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17 Nov 2023 | Event

Special Economist Brown Bags: Camille Reverdy (Geneva Graduate Institute) and Julian Schärer (University of Geneva)

Join a special edition of the 2023 Brown Bags dedicated to economists. Camille Reverdy, from the Geneva Graduate Institute, will present "Building a new reputation: the impact of voluntary standards’ adoption", followed by Julian Schärer, from the University of Geneva, on "Ricardo Meets Pareto: Dispersion and the Gains from Trade".

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16 Nov 2023 | Event

Brown Bag Seminar: “Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) and Climate Change: What happens next?

Aditi Pandey, from the Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI) in Lugano and MILE alumna, joins us at the WTI for the 4th Brown Bag of fall 2023.

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15 Nov 2023 | News

Looking for a Student Fellow for Communication and Administration (20-30%)

The World Trade Institute is currently looking for a Student Fellow for Communication and Administration (20 - 30%, starting January 2024 or upon agreement). Application deadline: 30 November 2023

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15 Nov 2023 | Event

From the WTI to the WIPO: The Journey of Rishab Raturi.

The World Trade Institute is pleased to welcome back alumnus Rishab Raturi (MILE 15), now Associate Program Officer at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

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14 Nov 2023 | News

Congratulations Prof Edwin Vermulst!

WTI's visiting professor, Edwin Vermulst, won the "Trade & Customs Lawyer of the Year" Award.

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14 Nov 2023 | Event

You are invited! Seminar: 20 Years Chile-EFTA Free Trade Agreement

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Free Trade Agreement between EFTA and Chile, the Embassy of Chile to Switzerland and the World Trade Institute, partner for a high-level seminar. Join in Bern or online.

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9 Nov 2023 | Event

The Nestlé case study: GEG Seminar with Esteban Mezzano, General Counsel Corporate Operations & Sustainability at Nestlé

Join the 3rd Global Economic Governance seminar of this semester. Register today!

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8 Nov 2023 | Event

Next week, another fascinating Brown Bag Seminar on South Korea’s free trade agreements

Sohyun Lee, from Queen’s University in Belfast, joins us at the WTI for the 3rd Brown Bag of fall 2023.

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1 Nov 2023 | News

The Law and Policy of Trade in Services - Winter Academy

Let's dive into the fourth and last course of the upcoming Winter Academy. Are you interested in service trade agreements? Ready for the challenge?

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31 Oct 2023 | News

WTI Director of Studies visits Taipei

Two intense weeks of lectures and speeches for Prof. Van den Bossche, WTI Director of Studies.

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31 Oct 2023 | News

Dispute Settlement in times of crises: Can the USA and Mexico prevent another “Tortilla War”?

Christian Häberli, WTI Research Fellow, is appointed chair of the USMCA panel in Mexico – GE Corn.

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31 Oct 2023 | News

Corporate Actors and Economic Sanctions

Should applying sanctions to corporate actors be based on regular RoL requirements? Or do we need to develop a concept of “RoL for emergency“? This Thursday, join the online talk of the "Rule of Law and Corporate Actors" series. Iryna Bogdanova, Postdoctoral Researcher at the WTI will be one of …

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27 Oct 2023 | Article

Looking for a Student Fellow for Communication and Administration! Join our team!

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25 Oct 2023 | News

Webinar Series - Climate Change and International Economic Law: Where are we headed?

Three online workshops will bring together a blend of established experts and fresh perspectives, aiming to provide a holistic outlook on ongoing developments. A cooperation of Uni Göttingen, Uni Svizzera Italiana and World Trade Institute (Unibe).

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20 Oct 2023 | News

Registration opens for the Youth Trade Summit on Gender

The WTI is participating in the Youth Trade Summit on Gender on 13-14 November at the WTO. Registration for the event is now open to the wider trade and gender community. The Summit, which seeks to act as a “talent incubator”, will foster collaboration and networking among different generations of …

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19 Oct 2023 | News

WTO Law on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures - Winter Academy

Are you a busy professional, looking to expand your knowledge? Lawyer, official, diplomat, in industry or NGOs? International relations, economics or law student? Are you interested in trade remedies? Check out course 3 of the WTI Winter Academy.

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18 Oct 2023 | Event

Join the next Brown Bag Seminar! Shadow Negotiators: How UN Organisations Shape the Rules of World Trade for Food Security

Matias Margulis, Associate Professor at The University of British Columbia, joins us at the WTI for the 2nd Brown Bag of this series.

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12 Oct 2023 | News

The count down has started! Join live the World Trade Forum 2023

Learn more and watch the event live, starting tomorrow.

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10 Oct 2023 | Publication

MATS Report: "Ukrainian Commodities for Global Food Security and Ukrainian Farmer Security"

Today we publish the October report on the outcome of the project "Repairing Broken Food Trade Routes Ukraine – Africa”

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10 Oct 2023 | Event

Brown Bag Seminar: "Inventing the future: Is the WTO Government Procurement Agreement a tranformation tool?"

Marc Steiner, Judge at the Swiss Federal Administrative Court, joins us at the WTI for the first Brown Bag of fall 2023

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6 Oct 2023 | Publication

A Portrait of Trade in Cultural Goods

Dr Hassan Fartousi, research fellow at the WTI, publishes his book "A Portrait of Trade in Cultural Goods", Theses Series No. 40, Geneva: Globethics Publications, 2023. 493p.

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5 Oct 2023 | News

TESS Report: Principles of International Law Relevant for Consideration in the Design and Implementation of Trade-Related Climate Measures and Policies.

Delighted to share a new TESS report, offering guidance for governments and stakeholders. Among the authors, also our Director of Studies.

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5 Oct 2023 | Event

Policy dialogues - Key Insights in Agricultural Trade

As part of the Horizon 2020 project "Making Agricultural Trade Sustainable", the WTI will be at the upcoming Policy Dialogue. You can attend online. Register today!

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4 Oct 2023 | Event

Don't miss this! Alumni Talk with Marina Foltea (MILE 4)

The World Trade Institute is pleased to welcome back alumna Marina Foltea (MILE 4), now Founder and Managing Director at Trade Pacts (consulting firm)

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4 Oct 2023 | Publication

Can the WTO Dispute Settlement System Be Revived?

We publish today a new Working Paper that will certainly trigger your reaction: Options for Addressing a Major Governance Failure of the World Trade Organization. WTI Working Paper No. 03/2023 by Prof Peter Van den Bossche

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4 Oct 2023 | Publication

China’s Use of Export Restrictions and WTO Law: Heading toward “Weaponization” of Exports?

This chapter, written by WTi's researcher Dr Iryna Bogdanova, is part of the book "China and the WTO: A Twenty-Year Assessment", published open access by Cambridge University Press and edited by Henry Gao, Damian Raess and Ka Zeng.

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3 Oct 2023 | News

Alumni Talk Session with Wakako Oshima

Our latest Alumni Talks session unfolded on September 26, 2023, at the Silva Casa Auditorium, right here at the World Trade Institute in Bern.

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3 Oct 2023 | News

WTI's Director of Studies visits Uzbekistan

In the framework of the accession of Uzbekistan to the WTO, Prof Van den Bossche has been invited to a number of events in Tashkent. Here is a brief report and a few photos.

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3 Oct 2023 | News

Welcoming a New Academic Year at the WTI!

Induction week was a resounding success!

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3 Oct 2023 | News

New PhD Course was a success

A cutting-edge PhD course on "Recent Developments in International Investment Law."

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3 Oct 2023 | News

Meet the new Executive Committee of the WTI Alumni Association

We are happy to announce the results of the elections of the second Executive Committee of the WTI Alumni Association (WTIAA).

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3 Oct 2023 | News

WTI Director of Studies appointed as a panelist on WTO Dispute Settlement case: EU — CVD/AD ON SSCRFP (INDONESIA)

The WTI is proud to see Prof. Van den Bossche nominated panelist for another WTO dispute case

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26 Sep 2023 | News

Don't miss the second GEG Seminar of the semester with...

... Natalie Sleeman, European Union Delegation to Switzerland and Liechtenstein!

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20 Sep 2023 | News

WTI Alumni get-together in Geneva

More than 50 students, alumni and WTI faculty members participated in the annual WTI alumni get-together on 13 September 2023 in Geneva during the WTO Public Forum.

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18 Sep 2023 | News

WTI researcher presents at the European Central Bank Legal Conference 2023

Dr Iryna Bogdanova from the WTI was a panellist at the European Central Bank Legal Conference 2023

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15 Sep 2023 | News

Book launch "Making trade work for women: key learnings from the World Trade Congress on Gender"

The WTO’s book on Making Trade Work for Women was officially launched yesterday at the WTO Public Forum. It contains a chapter from WTI's Professor Elisa Fornalé.

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15 Sep 2023 | News

A great week at the WTO Public Forum

The WTI is actively present, this week, at the WTO Public Forum in Geneva: "It's time for action!"

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13 Sep 2023 | News

Prof. Van den Bossche at the 2023 Dispute Settlement Symposium

Yet another important symposium, this time in Korea, for WTI's Director of Studies.

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7 Sep 2023 | Event

Alumni? Next Wednesday is your day!

Calling all WTI Alumni in Geneva and surroundings: Join us on Wednesday, 13 September, during the WTO Public Forum for some drinks and networking.

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7 Sep 2023 | Event

GEG Seminars restart with Amb José Valencia, Permanent Representative of Ecuador to the WTO

The Global Economic Governance series is starting afresh this fall semester. The topic? The global environmental agenda and the international trading system. Register today!

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6 Sep 2023 | Event

SELA Annual Meeting

The WTI will be hosting this year's General Assembly of the Swiss Energy Law Association (SELA). The workshop is open to the public: register today!

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5 Sep 2023 | Event

Save the date! Alumni Talk: Wakako Oshima (MILE 7) "Our Planet in 100 Years – Sustainability and Trade"

The World Trade Institute is pleased to welcome back alumna (MILE 7) Wakako Oshima from Japan

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1 Sep 2023 | News

New PhD Course - Recent Developments in International Investment Law

Calling all PhD students in and around Switzerland! This is a perfect course, designed exclusively for you, to stay up to date in international investment law. Don't miss the opportunity!

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31 Aug 2023 | Event

Prof Elisa Fornalé speaks at the 5th Swiss Symposium on Refugee and Migrant Health

WTI's Prof Elisa Fornalé will speak at the symposium. Title of her talk: "Recognition and Protection of Environmental Migrants: New Legal Challenges"

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30 Aug 2023 | News

Discover the World Trade Institute - new trailer

Meet the World Trade Institute, check out our new trailer.

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29 Aug 2023 | News

New research project! Human Rights Justifications

WTI's SNSF Professor, Elisa Fornalé, is part of a new HORIZON-EUROPE-funded project led by the University of Gothenburg: HR Just. It examines how States use Human Rights Justifications to explain and defend their actions and decisions.

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24 Aug 2023 | News

WTO Law on Border Measures and Trade Facilitation - Winter Academy

Do you work in trading and export? Government negotiations and regulation? In customs compliance matters? Check out course 1 of the WTI Winter Academy: WTO Law on Border Measures and Trade Facilitation

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24 Aug 2023 | Event

Call for papers! The Economics and Law of Space-Based Commerce Workshop

This workshop will focus on the economics and governance of commercialisation in outer space. It will look at the applicability of economic concepts, the concepts of international economic law, and the concepts of economic governance to space-based commerce.

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22 Aug 2023 | News

Debating the Use of Frozen Russian Funds to Rebuild Ukraine - 10 Questions Answered

Today we publish a new topical article on our LinkedIn blog. Check it out!

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18 Aug 2023 | News

Calling all WTI Alumni - WTI Alumni Association elections of the new Executive Committee

Vote for your representative at the WTIAA Executive Committee elections, simply online. Every vote counts!

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18 Aug 2023 | Publication

White Paper: Leveraging Electronic Documents for Sustainable Agricultural Trade

Today we publish a new white paper by Craig Atkinson, WTI Non-Resident Fellow and Research Affiliate at Singapore Management University Centre for AI and Data Governance/Centre for Computational Law.

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17 Aug 2023 | News

Gabriela García Merchán is the recipient of the Patricia Murillo Montesdeoca Scholarship and she has won the Thomas Cottier Award for Best Thesis!

We could not be more proud than when a student on a full scholarship is recognised for outstanding academic achievement.

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17 Aug 2023 | News

Ambassador of Peru visits the WTI

Ambassador Luis A. Castro Joo visits the WTI, handing over the newly-concluded MoU between the WTI, the Diplomatic Academy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Peru.

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16 Aug 2023 | News

Sanctions and the law of state responsibility. Dr Iryna Bogdanova teaches at MACIL

Among great speakers and professors, WTI's researcher taught in Munich on "Sanctions and non-injured states – new developments in the law of state responsibility?"

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9 Aug 2023 | News

The Annual Report of the World Trade Institute is out!

The latest edition of the World Trade Institute's Annual Report is now available to download.

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9 Aug 2023 | News

Another MILE goes by: Closing Ceremony 2023

The Closing Ceremony for the 2022-2023 Master Programmes took place on July 28 with our esteemed keynote speaker, H. E. Ambassador Simon Manley CMG, UK Permanent Representative.

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8 Aug 2023 | News

Come and see us at the WTO Public Forum 2023! (12-15 September)

As last year, we will be at the WTO Public Forum. Alumni and friends: come and visit us! Register no later than 17 August!

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4 Aug 2023 | Publication

Repairing Broken Food Trade Routes Ukraine-Africa: the July report is out!

Today we publish the July report on the outcome of the project "Repairing Broken Food Trade Routes Ukraine – Africa”

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3 Aug 2023 | News

Alumni around the world!

During the past months several WTI alumni get-togethers took place in various parts of the world.

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27 Jul 2023 | Event

Block your calendar now! Alumni Get-Together, Geneva, 13 September

Calling all WTI Alumni in Geneva and surroundings: Join us on Wednesday, 13 September, during the WTO Public Forum for some drinks and networking.

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27 Jul 2023 | Event

Tomorrow is the big day! Closing Ceremony, 2022-2023 Academic Year

The Closing Ceremony of the 2022-2023 Master Programmes (MILE and TRAIL+) will take place on July 28, 2023 at the Auditorium Silva Casa, World Trade Institute

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26 Jul 2023 | News

New MoU with the Secretariat for Central American Economic Integration (SIECA)

On Monday 24 July, the WTI and SIECA signed a general cooperation MoU on capacity-building, joint publications, and specifically supporting SIECA's new moot court on inter-state arbitration in trade matters.

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25 Jul 2023 | News

WTI Alumni Association: Call for Expression of Interest for 5 Executive Committee Positions (extended deadline: 31 July 2023)

The WTI Alumni Association is renewing its board. Apply now and get involved in a great global network!

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25 Jul 2023 | News

Final stop: Ecuador!

After two weeks of activities in Peru and Colombia, Prof. Peter Van den Bossche, the WTI Director of Studies, completed last week his lecturing and conference tour in South America, with three lectures and numerous meetings in Ecuador.

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20 Jul 2023 | News

From Croatia to Bern to attend the Summer Academy

Petra Bilos travelled from Croatia to Bern to attend some Summer Academy courses at the WTI. Here is her testimonial.

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19 Jul 2023 | News

Now accepting SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowships (SPF) researchers!

The World Trade Institute qualifies as a hosting institution for the SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowships (SPF), replacing the Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship. If you are a researcher, looking for grants to study in Switzerland - and at the WTI - check this out!

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18 Jul 2023 | News

2023 Global Conference of the Society of International Economic Law in Bogota, Colombia from 12 to 14 July.

The 2023 SIEL Global Conference ended successfully on July 14. Here is a short summary.

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13 Jul 2023 | News

Summer Academy course "International Contracts Regarding Cross-Borders Trade and Investment"

The course "International Contracts Regarding Cross-Borders Trade and Investment" ends today.

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13 Jul 2023 | News

Book launch by WTI alumnus Dr Santanu Mukherjee in New Delhi

The book launch of "Patent Exhaustion and International Trade Regulation" (WTIAS Volume 13), authored by Dr Santanu Mukherjee, MILE 1 WTI alumnus, was held on 19 June 2023 at the Centre for WTO Studies (CWS) at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) in New Delhi. The book consists of …

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13 Jul 2023 | News

Call for nominations: Youth Trade Summit on Gender

Is there a talented, highly motivated young researcher willing to engage on trade & gender issues in your institutions?

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10 Jul 2023 | News

An MoU with Peru

Last week marked the first leg of a lecturing and conference tour in South America for the WTI's Prof. Van den Bossche.

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10 Jul 2023 | News

Foreign Minister of Peru signs letter of intent with the World Trade Institute

Foreign Minister Ana Cecilia Gervasi received and signed a letter of intent with the former President of the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization (WTO), and WTI's Director of Studies, Peter van den Bossche.

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7 Jul 2023 | News

Trade Talk and Reception at Embassy of Switzerland in New Delhi

For the WTI-CWS Joint Academy on International Trade Law and Policy, the Embassy of Switzerland in India hosted a trade talk and reception for the Joint Academy students, faculty members, WTI alumni and other trade community members. We are very happy to announce that the event marks the launch of …

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6 Jul 2023 | News

Irene Garcés-Iriarte awarded the best paper!

The WTI is proud to announce that Irene Garcés-Iriarte, Ph.D candidate in Economics, has been awarded the best paper presented by a young scholar at the XXIV Conference on International Economics.

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6 Jul 2023 | News

Another successful Summer Academy Course at the World Trade Institute

Thursday marked the end of the course "Challenges to International Climate Governance."

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28 Jun 2023 | News

Two very busy weeks in Geneva

From New Delhi's Academy of International Trade Law and Policy to the 2023 ELSA John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition, from the International Expert Group on Trade-Related Climate Measures to the 2023 Annual Conference of the WTO Chairs Programme: here is a detailed account from WTI's Director of Studies, Prof. …

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28 Jun 2023 | News

Conference on sea level rise

On 9 June 2023, the WTI and the Fridtjof Nansen Institute in Norway co-organised an international conference on sea level rise. Click below for a summary of the event.

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28 Jun 2023 | News

Prof Elisa Fornalé at MEDCOP CLIMATE - Tangier 2023

The Swiss Embassy invited Prof Elisa Fornalé as Swiss representative to the MEDCOP Climate conference on Gender and Climate Change.

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28 Jun 2023 | News

Working closer together with the Bangladeshi Foreign Trade Institute

On Tuesday, 26 June 2023, the WTI had the pleasure of welcoming a delegation of the Bangladeshi Foreign Trade Institute (BFTI), headed by Dr. Md. Jafar Uddin, CEO of BFTI.

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28 Jun 2023 | News

Two successful PhD defences!

Frank Sina and Umid Yakubkhodjaev, PhD students of Prof Van den Bossche, successfully defended their thesis. Here is a warm message from Prof Van den Bossche.

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22 Jun 2023 | News

WTI Reaches Out to Mongolia

On 22 June 2023, Peter Van den Bossche, the WTI Director of Studies, gave a two-hour guest lecture at the National University of Mongolia on Rules-Based International Trade in Times of Geo-Political Confrontation and Geo-Economic Fragmentation at the National University of Mongolia.

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19 Jun 2023 | News

Memorandum of Understanding with the China Institute for WTO Studies

On June 19, the WTI welcomed Mr. Jian Jian GAO and Prof. Tu Xinquan from the China Institute for WTO Studies, University of International Business and Economics from China (CIWTO) for a visit.

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14 Jun 2023 | News

A discussion with top academics, ambassadors and delegates of the WTO

An opportunity to discuss the principles for consideration in the design and implementation of trade-related climate measures and policies.

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12 Jun 2023 | News

Focus on: "Climate Change: Intellectual Property Law and Technology Transfer" – 2023 Summer Academy

Let's deep dive in the last course of the World Trade Institute's 2023 Summer Academy, course 11.

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9 Jun 2023 | News

Launch of the 9th edition of the WTI-CWS Joint Academy in New Delhi

On 5 June 2023 the WTI-CWS Joint Academy on International Trade Law and Policy was launched.

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7 Jun 2023 | Event

Brown Bag Seminar: "Perfect Scapegoats? Blaming and Defending the International Monetary Fund"

Next Tuesday, Tom Hunter from the University of Zurich join us for the last Brown Bag of this semester. The topic? IMFs criticism.

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6 Jun 2023 | Event

Trade Talk on the occasion of the 9th Joint Academy on International Trade Law and Policy

Event at the Swiss Embassy in Delhi on 8 June and launch of the WTI India Alumni Chapter

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6 Jun 2023 | Publication

MATS Report: "Trade under War Conditions. Insecurity Decreases Ukrainian Revenues and Market Shares"

Today we publish the May report on the outcome of the project "Repairing Broken Food Trade Routes Ukraine – Africa”

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2 Jun 2023 | Publication

Who drives the international standardisation of telecommunication and digitalisation? Introducing a new data set

In a new publication in Global Policy, our WTI non-residential fellow Sebastian Klotz explores this question.

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31 May 2023 | News

Course spotlight: International Energy Law and Governance – 2023 Summer Academy

Learn more about one of the most successful courses of the World Trade Institute's 2023 Summer Academy.

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30 May 2023 | News

Call for exhibitors! Education and job fair at the WTO Public Forum 2023

In the context of the WTO Public Forum 2023 (12-15 September), we're organising an education and job fair: "Opportunities for young professionals". Join us in the search for young talent! Book your stand now!

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26 May 2023 | Event

Join us on Tuesday: Alumni Reunion in Geneva

Calling all WTI Alumni in Geneva and surroundings: Join us next Tuesday, 30 May, for some drinks and networking.

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23 May 2023 | Event

Join the debate! Brown Bag Seminar: "Foreign direct investment and structural transformation in Africa"

Margherita Tambussi, from University of Turin and Collegio Carlo Alberto (Italy), is WTI's guest for the next Brown Bag on the topic of FDIs.

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17 May 2023 | Event

Inauguration of the Sacerdoti / Feliciano Collection of WTO Appellate Body Papers 1995-2009

with a special address by Prof. em. Giorgio Sacerdoti

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16 May 2023 | News

Focus on: International Investment Law and Sustainable Development – 2023 Summer Academy

Learn more about course 9 of the World Trade Institute's 2023 Summer Academy.

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11 May 2023 | Event

Join the conference: Sea level rise and its international law implications for legal certainty, stability and human rights

Register today for the upcoming conference on the topic of sea level rise and its consequences for international law.

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9 May 2023 | News

Focus on: International Law and Policy Options for Climate Mitigation – 2023 Summer Academy

In course 8 of our Summer Academy, Nicolas Lockhart and Dominic Coppens will guide you through the legal framework of climate mitigation and its policy options: carbon pricing, subsidies, standards. Are you ready to update your legal and policy knowledge for THE challenge of this century?

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4 May 2023 | News

Focus on: International Contracts Regarding Cross-Borders Trade and Investment – 2023 Summer Academy

Do you want to know more about the legal framework governing international contracts? What different dispute resolution mechanisms there are? Do you want to gain hands-on experience in the interpretation and drafting of typical clauses in international contracts? Then course 6 of our Summer Academy is for you!

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3 May 2023 | News

Memorandum of Understanding with the School of Law of the National University of Mongolia

Today we welcomed H.E. Gerelmaa Davaasuren, Ambassador of Mongolia to the Swiss Confederation, to the United Nations Office and to other international organisations in Geneva.

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2 May 2023 | Event

Brown Bag Seminar: "Pursuing Environmental and Social Objectives through Trade Agreements"

Miriam Manchin, from the Politecnico di Milano, visits the World Trade Institute to present her research on social and environmental provisions in trade agreements.

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1 May 2023 | News

Focus on: Challenges to International Climate Governance – 2023 Summer Academy

Today let's take a deep dive into course 5 of the 2023 WTI’s Summer Academy. From the Kyoto Protocol to the Paris Agreement: learn about the history of climate change cooperation. Discover the policy impact of the latest IPCC reports. Analyse the most important links between trade and climate change: …

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28 Apr 2023 | News

Special course of PhD students: Input-Output and Computational General Equilibrium Models for Trade Policy Modeling

For all PhD and Doctoral students out there: check out this special course on CGE-models that we offer on 26 – 30 June and 3 – 7 July 2023

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27 Apr 2023 | News

Focus on: Technical Barriers to Trade in Pursuit of Sustainable Development - 2023 Summer Academy

What's the role of international trade to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals? Today we deep dive into course 4 of the WTI's 2023 Summer Academy. Interested? Apply to secure your spot!

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26 Apr 2023 | News

Xi'an Jiaotong University delegation visits the WTI

This Chinese university's visit to Bern marks the beginning of a new academic partnership.

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26 Apr 2023 | News

Bachelor student? Don't miss your chance!

This summer, it's your best chance to specialise in climate change policy and governance with the 4th International Bachelor Summer School for Climate Change Research. Check it out and apply now!

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25 Apr 2023 | Event

Alumna Maxine Kennett (MILE 2) on “Trade Compliance – Not for the faint-hearted”

The World Trade Institute is pleased to welcome back alumna (MILE 2) Maxine Kennett

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25 Apr 2023 | News

Focus on: Non-Trade Concerns in International Trade: Public Health and Labour Standards - 2023 Summer Academy

Today we deep dive into course 7 of the WTI's 2023 Summer Academy. Interested? Apply to secure your spot!

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21 Apr 2023 | News

Job vacancy at the WTI: Associate/Full Professor for International Economic Law with a specialization in Trade Law (100%)

Our Director of Studies, Prof Peter Van den Bossche, is soon retiring from his position at the WTI. We are actively recruiting his successor.

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20 Apr 2023 | Event

GEG Seminar with Prof. Thomas Bernauer: Sustainability Governance of Global Supply Chains

The 5th Global Economic Governance of this semester is on May 8. Don't miss it! Register today!

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19 Apr 2023 | Event

Brown Bag Seminar: "Between Market Economy and State Capitalism: China's State-Owned Enterprises and the World Trading System"

Henry Gao, from Singapore Management University, visits the WTI to present his latest paper on China's state capitalism and its role (and challenges) to the WTO rules and their future development.

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18 Apr 2023 | Event

Brown Bag Seminar: "Using Trade Provisions to Make MEAs more Dynamic"

Noémie Laurens, from the Geneva Graduate Institute, visits the WTI to present her latest research on multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs).

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13 Apr 2023 | News

21st John H Jackson Moot Court - West and South Asia Regional Round

The winning team - from the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences - receive a full tuition fee waiver to attend the WTI Winter or Summer Academies in 2023/2024.

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12 Apr 2023 | Publication

Weaponization of Grain Trade. War Impacts on Ukraine’s Production and Market Shares

Today the March report on the outcome of the project "Repairing Broken Food Trade Routes Ukraine – Africa” is published.

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12 Apr 2023 | Publication

Working Paper: Reflections on Geopolitics

A new WTI Working Paper by Prof Manfred Elsig

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31 Mar 2023 | Event

Emilie Jäger Lecture 2023: Tupoka Ogette – Together against Racism: Racism aware Thinking, Learning, and Teaching

Join us at the University of Bern for an enlightening lecture on "Together against racism: racism aware thinking, learning, and teaching" from Tupoka Ogette, followed by a discussion and apéro. This event will provide insights on how we can tackle unconscious forms of racism and exclusion through education and awareness.

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30 Mar 2023 | Event

Brown Bag Seminar: "The impact of EU primary law on its trade agreements and their contribution to environmental protection"

Cedric Henet from UC Louvain visits the WTI to present his paper on the latest EU Trade Policy challenges.

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29 Mar 2023 | Event

Alumni Reunions 2023

SAVE THE DATES! Two Alumni Reunions in Geneva this year! Block it in your calendar now! - Tuesday 30 May - Wednesday 13 September 18:30 Wti Advisors LTD, Quai du Mont-Blanc 29, 1201 Geneva See you in Geneva!

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29 Mar 2023 | Event

Women’s Empowerment and its Limits: Interdisciplinary and Transnational Perspectives Toward Sustainable Progress

The Institute of International Relations Prague would like to invite you to the launch of Prof. Elisa Fornalé and Dr Federica Cristani's edited book titled 'Women’s Empowerment and its Limits: Interdisciplinary and Transnational Perspectives Toward Sustainable Progress'

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23 Mar 2023 | News

Sexual Harassment Awareness Day (SHAD)

Today, we join the University of Bern and other Swiss universities in taking a stand against sexism and sexual harassment.

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21 Mar 2023 | Event

Brown Bag Seminar: "Is There a Latin American Approach to the International Investment Law?"

Thiago Almedia, from the University of Geneva, visits the WTI presenting his paper "Is There a Latin American Approach to the International Investment Law? From the Legal Doctrines and Pan American Conferences in the XIX and XX Centuries to a Contemporary Approach in the XXI Century*

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17 Mar 2023 | Article

Applications now open for the 2023 Summer Academy

Discover our 2023 Summer Academy with 11 courses in trade policy, law and economics, with the opportunity to obtain a CAD/DAS with three specialisations: Applied Trade Policy Modeling (TRADEMOD), International Climate Governance (CLIMGOV), and Trade, Investment and Sustainable Development (TRADESUS).

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16 Mar 2023 | News

WTI awards winners of the African Regional Round, WTO Moot court Competition

The student team from Kenya wins the African Round of the John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition. They receive a scholarship to attend the WTI's Winter or Summer Academy.

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16 Mar 2023 | Event

GEG Seminar "Globalisation in Turbulent Times" with EBRD’s Chief Economist, Beata Javorcik

This lecture will focus on recent shocks to globalisation and their implications. If the West is trading less with Russia, who is trading more? Has the US-China trade war improved job opportunities for US workers? Are the effects of Brexit visible in the data? Have these and other shocks led …

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14 Mar 2023 | Event

100 days in office: on the current situation in Ukraine - Talk with the Ambassador of Ukraine to Switzerland

The Bern Section of the European Movement Switzerland invites you to a talk with I.E. Iryna Venediktova, Ambassador of Ukraine to Switzerland, on Monday, 27 March at 6 pm in the auditorium of the University of Bern.

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9 Mar 2023 | Publication

Lower World Market Prices. Will Ukraine lose market shares in Africa?

We publish today a new updated report as part of the project "Repairing Broken Food Trade Routes Ukraine-Africa".

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8 Mar 2023 | Event

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - Workshop: Modeling international trade and climate challenges

WTI workshop, part of the SNF project "General Equilibrium Econometrics and Modeling for Sustainable Growth"

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2 Mar 2023 | Event

Alumni Talk with Tetyana Payosova (MILE 9) on "The EU Green Deal and its implications for EU trading partners"

The World Trade Institute is pleased to welcome back alumna Tetyana Payosova (MILE 9). She will address WTI students and guests on the topic of the EU Green Deal.

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1 Mar 2023 | News

Economic Sanctions against Russia - Iryna Bogdanova at the University of Copenhagen

Are economic sanctions against Russia effective? How are they enforced and circumvented? Can frozen assets be legally used? And at what conditions?

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1 Mar 2023 | Event

Brown Bag Seminar "Sustainable Development: Is WTO Part of the Problem?"

Christian Häberli, WTI Fellow, will speak at the World Trade Institute: is the WTO and the multilateral trading system sustainable? He will present his paper on agricultural trade (Working Title: "Agricultural Trade Rules - Where are you?").

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28 Feb 2023 | News

WTI alumnus now hiring!

Ilmari Soininen (MILE 16) is Principal Manager at Adam Smith International. He is now hiring a Coordinator for the Geneva office.

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24 Feb 2023 | News

Alumni get-together in New Delhi

On Monday, February 20, some WTI alumni from various TRAIL and MILE programmes met in Delhi for a nice, informal get-together

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24 Feb 2023 | News

Alumni represent WTI in Gujarat International Moot Court 2023

Since more than a decade the World Trade Institute supports the annual Gujarat International Moot Court (GIMC). The 14th edition of the GIMC took place from 15 to 19 February 2023 at the Gujarat National Law University in Gandhinagar, India.

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21 Feb 2023 | Event

WTI alumnus Arpit Bhutani back on campus to talk circular economy

Looking forward to welcome back on campus, WTI alumnus Arpit Bhutani, now co-founder of Circular Innovation Lab ApS Join us for an interesting discussion on circular economy https://www.wti.org/outreach/events/908/alumni-talk-arpit-bhutani/

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21 Feb 2023 | News

Prof Peter Van den Bossche's lecture at the International Trade Institute

On 16 February 2023, WTI's Director of Studies, taught "Balancing Trade with Non-Trade Concerns" at the International Trade Institute.

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10 Feb 2023 | Event

Conference: Equal and inclusive representation of women in decision-making systems: CEDAW’s next General Recommendation

The WTI, GqualCampaign and the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, are pleased to invite you to attend the conference upcoming conference on women representation in decision-making, moderated by WTI's Prof. Elisa Fornalé. Save the date! More details to follow!

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9 Feb 2023 | News

Why now is the best time to learn about International Trade

Why study international trade? And why now? A new blog post by TRAIL+ student Atharv Joshi

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9 Feb 2023 | Publication

Ukraine’s grain exports reach Africa again, despite many obstacles reducing producer income

A new updated report as part of the project "Repairing Broken Food Trade Routes Ukraine-Africa”

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7 Feb 2023 | Event

Advancing Africa's position in World Trade: Is the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) a game changer?

The Global Economic Governance series is starting afresh in 2023 with an interesting lecture on the African perspective on world trade. Don't miss it! Register today!

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3 Feb 2023 | Event

Register today at the conference "Promoting Sustainable Investment and Green Trade: the Swiss Perspective"

Prof Manfred Elsig, WTI's Deputy Managing Director, will be speaking at the upcoming conference on sustainable investment and green trade. Register today!

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31 Jan 2023 | News

Register today for Prof Van den Bossche's lecture at the "Association des Juristes de Droit International Économique (AJDIE)"

Prof Van den Bossche is a guest of the AJDIE and it is open to the public!

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31 Jan 2023 | News

Visiting seminar in Bruges

Prof. Peter Van den Bossche, the WTI’s Director of Studies, teaching "Substantive and Institutional Aspects of WTO Law" at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.

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31 Jan 2023 | Publication

Politicization of the 5G Rollout: Litigation Way for Huawei?

New Working Paper and Policy Brief by Postdoctoral Researcher, Dr Iryna Bogdanova on the politicisation of the fifth-generation wireless (5G) and the legal battles of Chinese technology giant, Huawei.

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27 Jan 2023 | Event

Trade ... in music

This Monday at 19:30, in Bern: Trade Winds Suite. A suite for string quartet (violine, viola and cello) and for a Jazz Trio (guitar, bass and drums).

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27 Jan 2023 | News

Visit of H.E. Gerelmaa Davaasuren, Ambassador of Mongolia to the UN

On Wednesday, Jan 25, we had the privilege to welcome H.E. Gerelmaa Davaasuren, Ambassador of Mongolia to the Swiss Confederation, to the United Nations Office and other international organisations in Geneva.

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24 Jan 2023 | News

NOW HIRING! Research Assistant

We are looking for a motivated, diligent student to assist in research activities starting on 1 March 2023 (or at the earliest possible date). We welcome applications from master or doctoral students in economics, political science, sociology and related fields.

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24 Jan 2023 | News

The Chocolate War

It's not about who eats more chocolate, but a simulation exercise that Prof Van den Bossche carried out at LUISS university. Intrigued?

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20 Jan 2023 | News

Webinar "National Security, the Rule of Law, and the WTO Dispute Settlement Mechanism: Comparing the US, EU, and Chinese Approach”

Prof. Van den Bossche will speak at the Webinar "National Security, the Rule of Law, and the WTO Dispute Settlement Mechanism: Comparing the US, EU, and Chinese Approach” - Friday 3 February h. 13:30 (Brussels time)

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20 Jan 2023 | News

Call for Presentations! WTI Brown Bag seminar series

We invite all researchers in the field of international trade and investment law to share their knowledge and insights with our community. Apply today to speak at our WTI Brown Bag seminar series.

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19 Jan 2023 | News

WTI Director of Studies guest lectures at the Université de Genève

WTI Director of Studies, Prof. Peter Van den Bossche, is among the most distinguished faculty members of the MEIG Master at the Université de Genève.

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17 Jan 2023 | News

Dr Rodrigo Polanco on SRF Echo der Zeit - Do expropriations in times of war violate international law?

Since the Russian attack on the Ukraine, Russia but also Germany and Poland have nationalised companies of the other side and thus expropriated foreign investors. Is this legal?

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11 Jan 2023 | Publication

Ukrainian grains exports to Africa - the latest report

We publish today the latest report of the project "Repairing Broken Food Trade Routes Ukraine – Africa”. How are the trends in export shipments? Is the Grain Initiative working? What are the potential consequences on production, competitive market, insurance market and supply chain?

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6 Jan 2023 | News

Conference "New Challenges in Economic and Business Development – 2023: Recovery and Resilience", Riga (Latvia), 11-13 May 2023

Save the date! 11-13 May 2023 is the 15th international scientific conference "New Challenges in Economic and BusinessDevelopment – 2023: Recovery and Resilience" organised by the University of Latvia Faculty of Business, Management and Economics. It will take place in Riga (Latvia). The WTI will participate and be present among …

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5 Jan 2023 | News

Master's programmes deadline is approaching

January 31 is the final deadline to apply to the Master Programmes at the World Trade Institute for the September 2023 intake. Hurry up!

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23 Dec 2022 | News

WTI's ‘Know the GAP’ Gender Research Team joins the first WTO’s historic World Trade Congress on Gender

In our latest blog article, WTI's Modesta Nsowaa-Adu and Prof Elisa Fornalé report on their participation at the first World Trade Congress on Gender at the World Trade Organization. Happy reading!

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22 Dec 2022 | News

Happy holidays from the World Trade Institute!

On behalf of the entire WTI family, we wish you all a wonderful holiday season, a wonderful Christmas break and a new year full of peace, joy, serenity and achievements! The world needs it!

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21 Dec 2022 | News

WTI research fellow, Dr. Aylin Yildiz Noorda, contributes to the WWF Sustainable Financial Regulations and Central Bank Activities (SUSREG) Assessment Report 2022

The report was launched during COP15 to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Montreal, Canada.

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20 Dec 2022 | News

New Professional Diploma in International Trade Policy (online) at the International Trade Institute

We are delighted to support the International Trade Institute in Ireland with the design of a new online programme. Check it out! Maybe the best thing you do in 2023...

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20 Dec 2022 | News

SAIELN's Third Biennial Conference on Food Security and International Law

WTI's Director of Studies, Prof. Peter Van den Bossche, speaks at the Third Biennial Conference of the South Asia International Economic Law Network's (SAIELN) on "Food Security and International Law: Critical and Interdisciplinary Perspectives".

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16 Dec 2022 | News

Alumni in Geneva Christmas Drinks

Thursday, 22 December, 19:00, at Mr Pickwicks, Rue de Lausanne 80, Geneva.

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14 Dec 2022 | News

Reporting on the GEG Seminar: "Reforming and Transforming: Change Initiatives for the WTO and its Secretariat."

What a GEG Seminar yesterday evening! Check out some photos.

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13 Dec 2022 | News

WTO Seminar on LDC Priorities in Global Trade

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13 Dec 2022 | News

SIEL Newsletter No. 52 (Winter 2022)

In this edition of the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL) Newsletter, Peter Van den Bossche, WTI Director of Studies and President of SIEL, writes a commentary entitled "Will Trade Help to Save the World in Times of Geo-Political Confrontation and Geo-Economic Fragmentation?". Here is a sneak preview:

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9 Dec 2022 | News

Tomorrow: Annual General Assembly Meeting of the WTI Alumni Association

If you are a members of the WTI Alumni Association, do not miss tomorrow's General Assembly Meeting.

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9 Dec 2022 | News

Report: Grain Initiative continuation to sustain exports to Africa

We publish today the latest report of the European Union's Horizon 2020 MATS programme project: "Repairing Broken Food Trade Routes Ukraine – Africa”

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9 Dec 2022 | News

WTI fellow Dr. Christian Häberli in UniFokus, magazine of University of Bern

With the title "Bauern in der Ukraine brauchen Zuversicht, um für Afrika zu produzieren" (Farmers in Ukraine need confidence to produce for Africa) the WTI contributes to the University of Bern magazine, UniFokus issue: "What will we eat tomorrow?"

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8 Dec 2022 | News

Visit of Mr. La Wonchang, Minister Counsellor and Deputy Head of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea to Switzerland

As part of the Global Economic Governance Seminar series, Mr La Wonchang recently visited the WTI and spoke to our students and faculty. Here are some photos.

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8 Dec 2022 | News

MILE Alumni Profile: Sebastián Gómez Fiedler

Today we meet Sebastián Gómez Fiedler, MILE 15 alumnus. He is currently Director-General for Bilateral Economic Affairs of the Undersecretariat of International Economic Relations (SUBREI) at Chile's Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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7 Dec 2022 | News

Three scholarships for 2023—Apply now!

Thanks to the renewed efforts of the Global Impact Association and its donors, we have three scholarships for the 2023 September intake.

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7 Dec 2022 | News

Prof. Van den Bossche at the World Trade Congress on Gender and the Academy for EU Law (ERA)

Two busy days for WTI's Director of Studies. Check out his latest activities and speaking engagement.

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7 Dec 2022 | News

WTI at the first World Trade Congress on Gender

Several members of the WTI family presented, spoke or chaired sessions at the first WTO World Trade Congress on Gender. Among them, Prof. Elisa Fornalé and Postgraduate student Modesta Nsowaa-Adu.

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6 Dec 2022 | News

MILE2 Alumnus Joachim Monkelbaan visits the WTI

Joachim, current Climate Trade Lead at World Economic Forum, addressed our students yesterday.

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5 Dec 2022 | News

Prof. Van den Bossche at the WTO Chair conference "UZBEKISTAN’S WTO ACCESSION: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES”

Today our Director of Studies, Prof. Van den Bossche, participated to a conference organized by the WTO Chair at the University of World Economy and Diplomacy (UWED), Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

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1 Dec 2022 | News

Prof. Van den Bossche visiting the University of Riga, Latvia

Another week on the road for WTI's Director of Studies, Prof. Peter Van den Bossche. This week he is visiting the Baltic state of Latvia.

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30 Nov 2022 | News

Prof. Van den Bossche chairs panel at World Trade Congress on Gender

The World Trade Congress on Gender is the first international research conference on trade and gender. The Congress is held for the first time in 2022.

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28 Nov 2022 | News

Prof. em. Thomas Cottier's Letters to the WTI from around the world

From 2012 to 2019, Prof. em. Cottier sent his impressions to the WTI community as he travelled the globe. Here's a compilation of his letters.

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23 Nov 2022 | News

Prof. Van den Bossche's week of speaking engagements

An eventful week for Prof. Van den Bossche with speaking opportunities in Milan and seminars by the Harvard European Law Society and the University of International Business and Economics, Beijing

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22 Nov 2022 | News

Repairing Broken Food Trade Routes Ukraine – Africa: new report now published!

We publish today the latest outcome of the project "Repairing Broken Food Trade Routes Ukraine – Africa”.

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22 Nov 2022 | News

Call for papers: Modelling non-tariff measures in structural general equilibrium – Theory and applications

Calling all scholars working on the topic of NTMs. Please submit your extended abstract or paper for the Workshop "Modelling non-tariff measures in structural general equilibrium – Theory and applications", 19-20 January 2023, World Trade Institute – University Bern. Accepted presenters will also be invited to function as a discussant.

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22 Nov 2022 | Event

Join us next Friday for a new GEG Seminar!

Mr La Wonchang - Minister Counsellor, Embassy of the Republic of Korea to the Swiss Confederation - will be our special guest, next Friday, December 2.

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8 Nov 2022 | Event

Lisbon Conference "Preparing for Sea Level Rise"

WTI's Prof. Elisa Fornalé will speak at the Lisbon Conference "Preparing for Sea Level Rise" organised b the University of Lisbon School of Law.

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8 Nov 2022 | News

WTI at the World Trade Congress on Gender

Register today for a great congress on "Gender Equality for Sustainable Trade and Recovery". WTI's Prof. Elisa Fornalé is a key part of the organization, member of the Steering Committee and speaker.

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7 Nov 2022 | News

Prof. Van den Bossche on "The Challenges and Prospects for the WTO Appellate Body"

Prof. Peter Van den Bossche invited to speak by the Seoul Trade Forum

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4 Nov 2022 | News

MILE Alumni Profile: Joachim Monkelbaan

Today we meet Joachim Monkelbaan, MILE Alumni and currently Climate Trade Lead at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Geneva

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2 Nov 2022 | News

Prof. Van den Bossche special guest of the Faculty of Law, Maastricht University

On 31 October 2022, Prof. Peter Van den Bossche, the WTI’s Director of Studies, gave a public lecture on Global Economic Disorder: Confrontation and Fragmentation at the Faculty of Law of Maastricht University.

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2 Nov 2022 | Event

Alumni Talk with Dr. Santanu Mukherjee (MILE 1)

Alumnus of the very first cohort at the WTI (MILE 1), Dr. Santanu Mukherjee, is coming back to the WTI on Monday for a talk on Compulsory Licensing and to share his career advices.

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1 Nov 2022 | News

WTI represented at the 51st Annual Conference of the Canadian Council on International Law (Ottawa, Canada)

WTI's reseacher Dr Iryna Bogdanova moderated and presented at the biggest international law conference in Canada.

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27 Oct 2022 | Event

Join a new GEG lecture on Thursday, November 3

Elisabeth Türk, Director, Economic Cooperation and Trade, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and WTI Alumna (MILE2), joins us at the World Trade Institute for a lecture on: "Digital transformation and trade: opportunities and challenges for the circular economy transition."

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26 Oct 2022 | News

Public lecture "Global Economic Disorder: Confrontation and Fragmentation"

WTI's Director of Studies, Prof. dr. Peter L.H. Van den Bossche, will give a public lecture at Maastricht University. You are welcome to join online!

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26 Oct 2022 | Event

New Brown Bag Seminar next week. Don't miss it!

Interested in global value chain? Firms integration? Check our our upcoming Brown Bag Seminar, by Prof. Katharina Erhardt from Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf and the Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE).

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14 Oct 2022 | News

WTI Director of Studies at Bocconi University

Peter Van den Bossche, the WTI Director of Studies, gave a lecture on What Perspectives for the WTO Dispute Settlement System

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14 Oct 2022 | News

MILE Alumni Profile: Titilayo Obiri

Today we meet Titilayo Obiri, MILE Alumna and currently Trade Compliance Specialist - Europe, BDP International

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12 Oct 2022 | Event

Prof Elisa Fornalé at the conference "The proposed EU directive on combating gender-based violence: towards greater protection of women in Europe?"

On the occasion of the international day against violence against women, WTI's Prof Elisa Fornalé will speak at the conference "The proposed EU directive on combating gender-based violence: towards greater protection of women in Europe?"

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11 Oct 2022 | Event

Very interesting Brown Bag Seminar next week: on the role of lobbying in negotiating FTAs ...

Michael Blanga-Gubbay, Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Zurich (UZH), will speak at the World Trade Institute on the role of lobbying in the negotiation of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs).

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11 Oct 2022 | Event

Call for papers! Workshop: Modelling non-tariff measures in structural general equilibrium – Theory and applications

In the frame of the upcoming workshop "Modelling non-tariff measures in structural general equilibrium – Theory and applications" (19-20 January 2023), we welcome papers submission relevant to the topic. The Workshop and submission are open to all scholars working on the topic of NTMs. Accepted presenters will also be invited …

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7 Oct 2022 | Publication

New book: Unilateral Sanctions in International Law and the Enforcement of Human Rights

We are proud and excited by the new publication of WTI Postdoctoral Researcher, Iryna Bogdanova. The book "Unilateral Sanctions in International Law and the Enforcement of Human Rights" by Iryna Bogdanova addresses the complex questions arising from the increasing state practice of employing unilateral economic sanctions.

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5 Oct 2022 | News

Join our Winter Academy!

This coming January, you have four great courses in trade law and policy to choose from. Choose one, or attend all four to gain a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS). In Bern or online.

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4 Oct 2022 | News

Prof. Van den Bossche at the conference "Constitutionalism, Transnational Governance Failures and Policy Responses"

On 29 and 30 September 2022, Prof. Peter Van den Bossche, the WTI’s Director of Studies, participated in a conference on Constitutionalism, Transnational Governance Failures and Policy Responses at Le Château, HEC Paris, organized by Armin Steinbach, HEC Paris, and Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann, European University Institute, Florence.

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4 Oct 2022 | News

WTI Alumnus article on "The Scope and Limitations for Carbon Border Adjustment as Proposed by the European Commission under WTO Law"

The European Commission’s Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) proposal has been controversial since its inception, facing domestic as well as international backlash. This brief reflects on the current status of CBAM in light of several remaining economic, legal, and political sticking points.

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30 Sep 2022 | News

We are hiring!

We are looking for enthusiastic a motivated junior postdoc to join our SNSF Funded Research Project: "Gender Equality in the Mirror (GEM): Clothing the Invisibility of Women’s Participation at International Level."

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30 Sep 2022 | News

WTO Public Forum: WTI students meet with Amb. Santiago Wills ... and more

An eventful week at the WTO Public Forum.

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27 Sep 2022 | News

Trade negotiation training in Uzbekistan

In the week of 19-23 September, Maarten Smeets (PhD) conducted a 25-hour course on trade negotiations and negotiating techniques at the University of World Economy and Diplomacy (UWED). The training was organized under the “Facilitating the Process of Uzbekistan accession to the WTO” project funded by the European Union and …

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24 Sep 2022 | Publication

WTI's Alumna and PhD candidate Yuliia Kucheriava publishes: "Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine: A WTO Perspective"

Yuliia Kucheriava, MILE 19 WTI Alumna and PhD candidate published an article, titled "Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine: A WTO Perspective", in the Global Trade and Customs Journal, Volume 17, Issue 10 (2022) pp. 417 – 430

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22 Sep 2022 | News

WTI's Dr. Iryna Bogdanova on "Unilateral Sanctions in the Context of Russia-Ukraine War: Their Legality and Legitimacy"

Dr. Iryna Bogdanova of the World Trade Institute spoke at an international conference on the War in Ukraine, organised by the University of Haifa.

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22 Sep 2022 | Event

Join a new GEG lecture on Wednesday, October 5

Antony Taubman, Director, Intellectual Property, Government Procurement and Competition Division, WTO is joining us at the World Trade Institute for a lecture on: ‘Solidarity as a Practical Craft: Putting the WTO MC12 Pandemic Outcomes to Work’.

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21 Sep 2022 | News

Prof. Van de Bossche on the International Expert Group (IEG) on Trade-Related Climate Measure, at the Launch Ceremony of the WTO Chair ... and much more

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20 Sep 2022 | News

Call for donations: "Nathalie Diaz Asmat scholarship" for Latin American students

In collaboration with the Global Impact Association, join us in supporting and honouring the memory of WTI's Alumna Nathalie Diaz. Donate today to the scholarship on her name, and help a young Latin American student to join the WTI and kick-start a successful career in international trade.

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16 Sep 2022 | News

Could a WTO Accession "lock in" Uzbekistan's still rather timid Agricultural Reform for 2030?

Three days of interesting debates between academics, policy-makers, agricultural production and trade specialists, from 6 to 8 September 2022 in Tashkent.

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16 Sep 2022 | News

Opening of the Black Sea Grain Corridor (August 2022)

The report of the third outcome of the project "Repairing Broken Food Trade Routes Ukraine-Africa" is published today

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15 Sep 2022 | News

WTI Alumni? Join the next Get-Together in Geneva

Calling all WTI Alumni out there! Alumni in Geneva? Alumni visiting the WTO Public Forum? Join us for an exclusive reception on September 28, 19:00. Your chance to meet again, network and have fun around a glass of wine and some nice food.

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14 Sep 2022 | News

2021 Annual Report of the World Trade Institute

The 2021 edition of the World Trade Institute's Annual Report is now available to download.

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30 Aug 2022 | News

"Globalisation under stress": the World Trade Institute at Unibe Night of Research

The World Trade Institute (WTI) and the Institute for European and International Economic Law (IEW) will be showcasing their research, through an interactive game, at the "Night of Research" organised by the University of Bern.

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30 Aug 2022 | News

Short-term training completed at the UWED on the WTO Agreements on TBT and SPS

The WTI completes a training on WTO Agreements in Tashkent, Uzbekistan at the University of World Economy and Diplomacy (UWED), Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

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23 Aug 2022 | News

Visit of the Indonesian Ambassador to Switzerland and Indonesian Parliamentary Delegation

On August 19, a delegation of the Indonesian People Consultative Assembly (MPR) visited the University of Bern and the World Trade Institute, accompanied by the Ambassador, Prof. Muliaman Hadad.

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9 Aug 2022 | News

Dr. Christian Häberli on the dangerous grain delivery from Ukraine to Turkey

Swiss national television (SRF) interviews WTI's Fellow and Lecturer, Dr. Christian Häberli.

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2 Aug 2022 | News

Wheat shipments to Egypt: deeper look

Report of the second outcome of the project "Repairing Broken Food Trade Routes Ukraine – Africa". It provides a deeper overview on wheat imports to Egypt and highlights share of Ukrainian origin; one more short presentation covers Crude oil and wheat/corn price dynamics in 2022 with comments on main influencing …

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28 Jul 2022 | News

Alumni and students get together to launch the WTI Alumni Association's Geneva Chapter

On 18 July 2022, the WTI and WTI Alumni Association (WTIAA) invited WTI alumni, students and faculty members for a get-together on the premises of the WTI Advisors in Geneva.

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25 Jul 2022 | News

SIEL Newsletter No. 51 (Summer 2022)

In this edition of the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL) Newsletter, Peter Van den Bossche, WTI Director of Studies and President of SIEL, writes a commentary entitled "The WTO Lives … to Fight Another Day". Here is a sneak preview:

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21 Jul 2022 | Publication

First results are out: initial market survey on main agrifood exports from Ukraine to Africa

Report of the first outcome of the project "Repairing Broken Food Trade Routes Ukraine – Africa". It provides an amazing overview of the pre-war Ukraine's exports of wheat, barley, corn and sunflower oil.

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27 Jun 2022 | News

WTI Closing Ceremony (Class of 2022) with WTO's Deputy Director-General Angela Ellard

Last Friday, 24 June, we celebrated the graduation of 22 MILE and TRAIL+ students. As keynote guest speaker, we had the honour to welcome WTO's Deputy Director-General Angela Ellard. She delivered a keynote speech on the role of multilateralism in a world of polycrisis. In her speech, DDG Ellard tackled …

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27 Jun 2022 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Jackie Pimer

Today we meet Jackie Pimer, MILE Alumna and currently Trade Expert at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

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21 Jun 2022 | News

Congratulations on your retirement, Margrit!

After 20 years of loyal service, the World Trade Institute celebrates the retirement of Margrit Vetter, our Director of Administration. For so much commitment and passion, thank you Margrit! Happy retirement!

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20 Jun 2022 | News

Agrifood Trade Promotion between Ukraine and Africa

Today, at the World Trade Institute, we launch the project “Repairing Broken Food Trade Routes Ukraine – Africa”. We want to contribute to the resumption of agricultural trade interrupted because of the war on Ukraine.

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16 Jun 2022 | News

Russia’s War Against Ukraine: Sanctions’ Dimension

In her intervention at the Geneva Trade Platform, WTI's postdoctoral researcher Dr. Iryna Bogdanova analyses the sanctions imposed against the Russian Federation and Russian responses.

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7 Jun 2022 | News

Inauguration of the 8th WTI-CWS Joint Academy on International Trade Law and Policy

Yesterday, June 6, 2022 the World Trade Institute and the Centre for WTO Studies, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, launched their 8th Joint Academy on International Trade Law and Policy.

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1 Jun 2022 | News

How to bring the WTO into the twenty-first century? Yet another successful seminar at the World Trade Institute

On May 31, the World Trade Institute had the pleasure and honour to welcome James Bacchus, Distinguished University Professor of Global Affairs and Director of the Center for Global Economic and Environmental Opportunity at the University of Central Florida. The lecture was part of our Global Economic Governance Seminar Series.

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30 May 2022 | News

Last days to register for the 2022 Summer Academy

Our Summer Academy is just around the corner. Make sure to grab the last spots available. Remember: you can attend in person (here in Bern, Switzerland) as well as ONLINE (remote hybrid learning with recordings).

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29 Apr 2022 | News

Repairing Broken Food Trade Routes Ukraine – Africa: CONSULTANCY

The World Trade Institute (WTI) is recruiting a Ukrainian agrifood trade expert to provide consultancy services under the programme Making Agricultural Trade Sustainable (MATS).

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27 Apr 2022 | News

Summer Academy - Tuition fee waivers for Ukrainian scholars and students

The World Trade Institute offers three Summer Academy tuition fee waivers for Ukrainian nationals.

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21 Apr 2022 | News

Coming up soon: Workshop on Linking Climate Change, Digitalisation, and Sustainability

This workshop is funded by the Promotion of Young Researchers Fund of the University of Bern. It is organised by Dr. Aylin Yildiz, Maria Vasquez Callo-Müller, and Dr. Aydin Baris Yildirim. It will be hosted at the World Trade Institute on 6 May 2022.

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13 Apr 2022 | News

A Selection of Peter van den Bossche's April Activities

The WTI's Director of Studies has engaged in several activities this month. Of special mention are his participation at the 13th Gujarat National Law University (GNLU) International Moot Court Competition 2022.

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7 Apr 2022 | News

Starting soon: The 2022 Summer Academy

The 2022 Summer Academy at the World Trade Institute (WTI) starts on 7 June, offering eleven courses by leading experts on trade investment law and policy issues.

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30 Mar 2022 | News

Keynote Speech and Interaction with the Indian Ambassador to the WTO

H.E. Ambassador Brajendra Navnit, Permanent Representative of India to the World Trade Organization, gave a lecture to the students of the MILE and TRAIL+ advanced master’s programmes of the World Trade Institute.

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28 Mar 2022 | News

WTI Managing Director Prof. Joseph Francois acts as an Expert Witness to the UK Parliament International Trade Committee on Trade Agreement Modelling

The International Trade Committee examines the impact assessments for the Australia and New Zealand trade deals with top Government economists and experts.

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16 Mar 2022 | News

Call for Applications for the 2022 Online WTI-CWS Joint Academy

Established in 2014, the WTI-CWS Joint academy aims to provide law students and legal professionals in India with an opportunity to increase their knowledge of trade regulation and governance issues.

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15 Mar 2022 | News

First Global Economic Governance (GEG) Seminar of the Year with Ambassador Markus Schlagenhof

On 10 March 2022, Ambassador Markus Schlagenhof, Delegate of the Federal Council for Trade Agreements and head of the World Trade Division in the Foreign Economic Affairs Directorate, gave this year's first Global Economic Governance (GEG) Seminar.

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10 Mar 2022 | News

Get your Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) on Applied Trade Policy Modeling at the World Trade Institute!

This new CAS programme offered at the World Trade Institute (WTI) provides a research-oriented teaching in the field of trade policy.

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9 Mar 2022 | News

The WTI's Brown Bag Seminars are back!

After a COVID-related two-year hiatus, the WTI is happy to announce the return of its Brown Bag Seminar Series.

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3 Mar 2022 | News

Update: Suspension of our Agreements with Russian Academic Institutions

This step is being taken following the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian armed forces.

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3 Mar 2022 | News

Information about Humanitarian and Financial Aid Possibilities for Ukraine

Right now, Ukraine is victim to an unlawful and cruel attack carried out by the Russian army. Help is needed and there are several possibilities how you can offer your support.

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28 Feb 2022 | News

The WTI stands in Solidarity with Ukraine and its People

The news of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has left us shocked and we are following the latest developments with great concern and a heavy heart. The WTI strongly condemns the attack on Ukraine's sovereignty.

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25 Feb 2022 | News

Global Trade Disruptions Are About to Get Worse - Interview with WTI Managing Director Prof. Joseph Francois

In this interview with Brendan Murray and Bryce Baschuk from "Bloomberg", Prof. Francois talks about how disruptions in global trade might get even worse in light of Russia's invasion of Ukraine on 24 February.

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25 Feb 2022 | News

WTI Advisory Board Member Ambassador Didier Chambovey is elected as Chair of the WTO General Council

The WTI congratulates its Advisory Board member Ambassador Didier Chambovey on being elected as Chair of the WTO General Council.

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22 Feb 2022 | News

International Bachelor Summer School for Climate Change Research: Confronting Climate Change – from Science to Policy

This summer school will take place from 8 – 19 August 2022 at the University of Bern. It is co-organised by the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research and the WTI.

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22 Feb 2022 | News

Arancha González Laya is appointed as the Dean of the Paris School of International Affairs

The WTI congratulates its advisory board member, Arancha González Laya, on her appointment as dean of the Paris School of International Affairs.

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18 Feb 2022 | News

Coronavirus - Protective Measures Lifted

The Federal Council and the Canton of Bern have lifted almost all protective measures related to the coronavirus.

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15 Feb 2022 | News

In Loving Memory of Rachel Liechti-McKee (1956-2021)

With a heavy heart, we are bidding farewell to our colleague and friend Rachel Liechti-McKee, whose untimely departure left us all shocked and deeply saddened. We wish to express our sincere condolences to her family and loved ones.

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11 Feb 2022 | News

US Trade Deficit Hits Record, Reflecting Strong Economic Growth - Interview with WTI Managing Director Prof. Joseph Francois

In this interview with Voice of America (VOA), Prof. Francois shared his thoughts on the state of the US economy and its trade deficit.

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1 Feb 2022 | News

A New Global Impact Association (GIA) Scholarship in Honour of MILE 14 Alumna Nathalie Diaz Asmat

The Global Impact Association (GIA) is offering an additional scholarship in 2022, honouring the legacy of late MILE 14 alumna Nathalie Diaz Asmat from Peru.

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25 Jan 2022 | News

Peter Van den Bossche gives an Interview to the Université Catholique de Lille's Global Business Law Society

In the interview, Prof. Van den Bossche, who served as judge of the World Trade Organization's Appellate Body between 2009 and 2019, talks about a variety of topics, including his impressive professional and academic career.

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19 Jan 2022 | News

Recap of the "Digital Trade in the Post-COVID World" Online Conference

On 17 and 18 January 2022, the World Trade Institute (WTI), in cooperation with the Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research (CIER) and the Asian Center for WTO & International Health Law and Policy, National Taiwan University College of Law, hosted a two-day online conference focusing on ways digital trade in …

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18 Jan 2022 | News

Why governments need to tackle the impact of trade on climate change - An Interview with Prof. Em. Thomas Cottier

In an interview with Swissinfo, Prof. Em. Thomas Cottier, former Managing Director of the WTI, talks about the significant environmental impact of the production and trade of goods in a globalised market.

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10 Jan 2022 | News

Registration Open: MILE and TRAIL+ (LL.M.) at the World Trade Institute!

Embark on a unique and rewarding academic journey with us. Apply now for the 2022-23 MILE (MAS) and TRAIL+ (LL.M.) programmes!

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3 Jan 2022 | News

Digital Trade in the Post-COVID World: An Online Conference you shouldn't miss!

Start the new year right and join us for our online conference on "Digital Trade in the Post-COVID World".

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24 Dec 2021 | News

Season's Greetings from the WTI

The WTI wishes you and your loved ones Happy Holidays and all the best for 2022.

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21 Dec 2021 | News

Prof. Elisa Fornalé is invited to become a Member of the Newly Launched WTO Gender Research Hub

The aim of this initiative is to deepen the understanding of the impact of trade on women and gender equality. The Hub serves as a knowledge-gathering platform where the latest research is shared.

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17 Dec 2021 | News

SECO Report about the Roundtable on Trade, Climate Change & the SDGs is now available

The report on the SECO Roundtable on Trade, Climate Change and the SDGs has been published.

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15 Dec 2021 | News

Congratulations, Edwin Vermulst!

The World Trade Institute congratulates Edwin Vermulst, founding partner of VVGB Advocaten and WTI External Faculty member, for winning the 2021 award of Trade and Customs Lawyer of the Year by Who's Who Legal.

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15 Dec 2021 | News

The Fifth Edition of the best-selling "The Law and Policy of the World Trade Organization" is finally available!

This book has been the prime textbook of choice for teachers and students for many years due to its clear and detailed explanation of the basic principles of the multilateral trading system and the law of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

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14 Dec 2021 | News

Prof. Peter Van den Bossche discusses the Aftermath of the Postponement of the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference (MC12)

The interview took place on 8 December 2021 and was livestreamed on the Facbook page of the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru (PUCP).

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13 Dec 2021 | News

Successful Roundtable Discussion marks the Conclusion of the WTI’s latest PhD Course

On Friday, 10 December 2021, a roundtable discussion on the future of the multilateral trading system featuring ambassadors, high-level trade policy makers, negotiators, and academics marked the concluding part of Dr. Maarten Smeets’ PhD course “Trade Negotiations & Techniques”.

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10 Dec 2021 | News

The SARS-CoV-2 Variant Omicron: A Snapshot of Where We Are

On 8 December 2021, the University of Bern's Multidisciplinary Center for Infectious Diseases (MCID) organised an event focusing the appearance of the SARS-CoV-2 variant Omicron.

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10 Dec 2021 | News

Aylin Yildiz successfully defends her PhD Thesis

On 6 December 2021, Aylin Yildiz, PhD student at the WTI, successfully defended her thesis, which she wrote under the supervision of Prof. Elisa Fornalé and Dr. Nilüfer Oral. Read our interview with Aylin below.

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9 Dec 2021 | News

The newly founded WTI Alumni Association (WTIAA) has successfully hosted its first General Assembly

The first General Assembly meeting of the newly founded WTI Alumni Association (WTIAA) took place on 4 December 2021. Around 30 alumni from all over the world participated.

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9 Dec 2021 | News

WTI-COMESA Training Course on Trade in Services has successfully concluded

The WTI and COMESA have conducted a training course for COMESA member states aimed at strengthening human and policy-making capacities on Trade in Services. The course took place virtually from 6 until 8 December 2021.

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8 Dec 2021 | News

Tamara Köhler discusses Reform of the Swiss Retirement Provision on SRF's "ECO Talk"

On 6 December 2021, Tamara Köhler, Research Assistant at the WTI, appeared on Swiss National Television (SRF)'s "ECO Talk" programme to discuss the Swiss parliament's renewed try to reform the retirement provision.

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8 Dec 2021 | News

Quantifying Trade and Sustainability Linkages

Prof. Joseph Francois, the WTI's Managing Director, recently spoke on model based quantification of the environmental impact of trade agreements at the December 2021 Trade and Sustainability Hub, jointly organised by the CDE and IISD.

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7 Dec 2021 | News

Empirical Investigations in Services Trade Fourth Biennial Conference: Call for Papers

We invite submissions of papers and expressions of interest in attending the Fourth Empirical Investigations in Services Trade conference. The meeting will take place on 13-14 June 2022 in Ankara, Turkey, hosted by TED University.

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6 Dec 2021 | News

Know the GAP: New Programme for late 2021 and 2022

The Know the GAP gender lecture series is back! For late 2021 and 2022, the programme theme is "Looking for Gender Parity".

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6 Dec 2021 | News

ETSG Annual Conference 2021 and WTO Essay Prize

The European Trade Study Group (ESTG) annual conference was held in September 2021. The WTI serves as a co-organising institution for ETSG, which is the largest conference dedicated to the economics of international trade.

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3 Dec 2021 | News

The United States Commitment to Women's Empowerment: Online Know the GAP Gender Lecture with Eva Weigold Schultz

On Tuesday, 7 December, Eva Weigold Schultz, Chargé d' Affaires at the US Embassy to Switzerland and Liechtenstein, will deliver an online Know the GAP lecture on the US commitment to women's empowerment.

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2 Dec 2021 | News

Information about Model WTO 2022 (25th Edition)

Organised by a team of students from the University of St. Gallen since its first edition in 1997, the Model WTO conference has established itself as the biggest simulation of negotiations of the WTO in the world, with the participation of 72 international students and the assistance of a prestigious …

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24 Nov 2021 | News

Prof. Peter Van den Bossche is presented with the Indonesian Translation of "The Law and Policy of the World Trade Organization"

The version of Peter Van den Bossche's and Werner Zdouc's book in Bahasa Indonesia is 1502 pages long.

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24 Nov 2021 | News

Prof. Elisa Fornalé hosts the Virtual Meeting of the International Law Association (ILA) Committee on International Law and Sea Level Rise

The virtual meeting took place on 22 November 2021.

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23 Nov 2021 | News

Recent November Activities by Prof. Peter Van den Bossche

In the second half of November, the WTI's Director of Studies engaged in a number of activities, some of which you can read about below.

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22 Nov 2021 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Intan Hamdan-Livramento

MILE 1 graduate Intan Hamdan-Livramento from Malaysia, PhD and currently an economist in the Chief Economist office at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), talks about her professional journey and the benefits she gained from pursuing the MILE programme at the World Trade Institute. This interview is part of our …

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22 Nov 2021 | News

Damian Raess acts as Panelist at a Symposium on Measurement and Impact of Deep Trade Agreements

This high-profile event was organised by USITC (US International Trade Commission) and Keough School at University of Notre Dame on 17 November.

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19 Nov 2021 | News

Anqi Wang successfully defends her PhD Thesis

On 16 November 2021, Anqi Wang, PhD student at the WTI, successfully defended her thesis, which she wrote under the supervision of Prof. Peter Van den Bossche and Dr. Rodrigo Polanco. Read our interview with Anqi below.

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18 Nov 2021 | News

Prof. Em. Thomas Cottier receives Honorary Doctorate by Saarland University

On 12 November 2021, Prof. Em. Cottier was awarded an honorary doctorate by Saarland University, upon motion of its Europa-Institut and the Faculty of Law.

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17 Nov 2021 | News

World Trade Review: Call for Proposals

The World Trade Review (WTR) welcomes proposals for special issues. The WTR, whose editorial team consists of Mona Pinchis-Paulsen, Manfred Elsig, Joseph Francois and Peter Van den Bossche, intends to publish at least one special issue a year and will give preference to proposals for special issues of papers presented …

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17 Nov 2021 | News

Fall 2021 SIEL Newsletter

In this edition of the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL) Newsletter, Peter Van den Bossche, WTI Director of Studies and President of SIEL, wrote a commentary entitled "What (Not) to Expect from MC12?".

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16 Nov 2021 | News

Think Tank led by Ilaria Espa and Christian Häberli produces Policy Brief for the recent G20 Summit in Rome

WTO Delegates presently work on a proposal to discipline Food Export Restrictions for a Decision at the Twelfth Ministerial Conference starting on 30 November 2021 in Geneva.

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15 Nov 2021 | News

Peter Van den Bossche participates in the Friends of Multilateralism Group (FMG)'s Online Brainstorming on the WTO Appellate Body

The WTI's Director of studies acted as speaker in this on-invitation-only event to discuss possible solutions to the WTO Appellate Body crisis.

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11 Nov 2021 | News

Prof. Elisa Fornalé delivers the Keynote Speech at an Online Workshop on “Gender, Identity & Politics: Representation, Exclusion and Vulnerability”.

The event, which took place on 11 November, was hosted by the Center for Britain and Europe at the University of Surrey.

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4 Nov 2021 | News

Prof. Elisa Fornalé participates in the International Law Weekend ILW 2021

The American branch of the International Law Association invited Prof. Fornalé as a panelist at their International Law Weekend ILW 2021.

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2 Nov 2021 | News

Interview with Peter Van den Bossche for "Rendez-vous" on Swiss Radio SRF 1

The WTI's Director of Studies shared his views and opinions on the newly-found solution for the conflict on mutual tariffs for steel and aluminium between the EU and the US.

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1 Nov 2021 | News

Happy 20th Anniversary, ACWL!

For this special occasion, the ACWL (Adisory Centre on WTO Law) held a webinar titled "Achievements for Developing Countries and LDCs and Challenges ahead" on 28 October 2021.

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1 Nov 2021 | News

Successful Launch of the African Council for Trade Policy and Development (ACTRADE)

The theme of the Opening Ceremony was "The ACTRADE Initiative and the Promotion of Inter-African Trade" .

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25 Oct 2021 | News

Alumni & Career Talk with WTI Alumnus Dr Santanu Mukherjee

As part of the World Trade Institute’s Alumni & Career Talk Series, Dr Santanu Mukherjee, MILE 1 and PhD alumnus, gave a talk to the current batch of MILE and TRAIL+ students.

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19 Oct 2021 | News

Starting soon: The 2022 Winter Academy

The 2022 Winter Academy at the World Trade Institute (WTI) starts on 24 January, offering four weeks of tuition by leading experts on trade investment law and policy issues.

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19 Oct 2021 | News

'Digital, Green and Open? Global Trade Policy at a Crossroads' : Recap of the 2021 World Trade Forum

On 14 and 15 October, leading trade experts from practice, science, administration, NGOs, international organizations and the private sector participated in this year's World Trade Forum.

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18 Oct 2021 | News

Peter Van den Bossche appears on the latest Episode of The Rodolfo Rivas Project

The WTI's Director of Studies is the latest guest on The Rodolfo Rivas Project, a pocast series featuring conversations with individuals in International Geneva and beyond. Currently, the podcast is in its third season.

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7 Oct 2021 | News

Prof. Elisa Fornalé's October Activities

In the month of October, Prof. Elisa Fornalé has participated in a webinar organised by the University of Trento and is scheduled to act as panelist in an event organised by the American branch of the International Law Association.

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5 Oct 2021 | News

WTI Alumnas present their Research at Cybersecurity Law and Policy Scholars Conference (CLPSC)

On 1 October 2021, Iryna Bogdanova and María Vásquez Callo-Müller presented their research on the use and legality of unilateral cyber sanctions at the first Cybersecurity Law and Policy Scholars Conference (CLPSC) hosted by the University of Minnesota Law School.

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5 Oct 2021 | News

Peter Van den Bossche gives Keynote Address at the Launch of the Book "Rethinking, Repackaging, and Rescuing World Trade Law in the Post-Pandemic Era"

On 1 October 2021, at the 2021 WTO Public Forum in Geneva, Peter Van den Bossche gave the keynote address at the launch of the book "Rethinking, Repackaging, and Rescuing World Trade Law in the Post-Pandemic Era".

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28 Sep 2021 | News

Register for the 2021 World Trade Forum "Digital, green and open? Global Trade policy at crossroads"

The 2021 World Trade Forum, taking place on 14 and 15 October, will address lessons and implications of trade policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, research on digital and trade dimensions of programs to green the economy, EU external policies and prospects for plurilateral cooperation under the umbrella of the …

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28 Sep 2021 | News

Some of Peter Van den Bossche's September Activities

The WTI's Director of Studies engaged in several activities this last month. Of special mention are his participation at the 22nd Global Conference on Environmental Taxation and the introduction of his seminar at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.

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22 Sep 2021 | News

Mira Burri receives an Award by the Government Council of Lucerne

On 13 September 2021, long-standing WTI External Faculty member Mira Burri received an award by the Government Council of Lucerne for all her achievements in research and teaching.

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21 Sep 2021 | News

Online now: The 2020 Annual Report of the World Trade Institute

The 2020 edition of the World Trade Institute's Annual Report is now available and can be downloaded from our website.

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20 Sep 2021 | News

The 2021-2022 MILE and TRAIL+ Programmes have officially started!

This year’s induction days for the incoming MILE and TRAIL+ students took place between 15 and 17 September.

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3 Sep 2021 | News

(CLOSED) We are hiring!

The WTI is looking for a Postdoctoral Researcher (full time) In the context of a collaborative research project in the social sciences on private regulation in global supply chains. The start date is 1 November 2021 or soon thereafter.

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24 Aug 2021 | News

Results of the 2021 WTI Moot Court Competition

On 19 and 20 July 2021, the MILE 21 and TRAIL+4 students put months’ worth of preparation to the test in the WTI Moot Court competition, which was held online instead of at the WTO premises like in previous years.

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20 Aug 2021 | News

Election Results of the First Executive Committee of the WTI Alumni Association (WTIAA)

We are happy to announce the results of the elections of the first Executive Committee of the newly founded WTI Alumni Association (WTIAA).

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13 Aug 2021 | News

*** Message for the WTI Alumni ***

This is a reminder to caste your vote in the World Trade Institute (WTI) Election of the Executive Committee for the WTI Alumni Association.

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12 Aug 2021 | News

"Pandemic and the Global Economy": A Webinar Series by the WTI

In 2021, the world is still very much in the tight grips of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite large-scale vaccination campaigns all around the globe, shortage of vaccine doses in developing countries, new variants of the original virus and increasing opposition to safety measures like masks and social distancing continue to …

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3 Aug 2021 | News

Marianna Henud Cresci (MILE 20) wins the Thomas Cottier Award for Best Thesis

Marianna Henud Cresci, MILE 20 alumna from Brazil, is this year's winner of the Thomas Cottier Award for Best Thesis. This award is presented annually to one WTI student for the best thesis submitted and was set up to honour the WTI's founder and former Managing Director Prof. Emeritus Thomas …

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2 Aug 2021 | News

The 2020-21 Advanced Master Programmes have come to an end

After an intense academic year marked by the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020-21 MILE and TRAIL+ students were officially bid farewell at a COVID-19 conform Closing Ceremony at the Silva Casa Auditorium of the WTI. After the Ceremony, the students who were in Bern and some WTI staff members gathered to …

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15 Jul 2021 | News

#HerCareer Interview with WTI Alumna Akshata Limaye

Akshata Limaye (MILE 19), currently working as Consultant in the Trade for Sustainable Development (T4SD) Programme at the International Trade Centre in Geneva, shares details about her professional life and studies with HerForum, an India-based women in law community.

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12 Jul 2021 | News

Recap of the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL)'s 7th Global Conference

From Wednesday, 7 to Friday 9 July 2021, the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL) held its Seventh Global Conference. The central theme of the Conference, hosted by Bocconi University, Milan, was Rethinking Global Economic Governance.

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11 Jul 2021 | News

MILE Alumni share their Experiences with WTI-CWS Joint Academy Students

As part of the WTI-CWS Joint Academy on Trade Law and Policy, two MILE alumni shared their experiences as former WTI students with the participants of the Academy. The Joint Academy is organised by the WTI in cooperation with its longstanding partner, the Centre for WTO Studies of the Indian …

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7 Jul 2021 | News

Reminder - Nominations for the WTI Alumni Association

The creation of the WTI Alumni Association enters its next chapter, the nomination of several key positions within the association. These positions are: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Outreach Officer.

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6 Jul 2021 | News

Reminder: Register for the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL)'s Seventh Global Conference

From 7 to 9 July 2021, the biggest event of the year on the international economic law agenda: the Global SIEL Conference on Rethinking Global Economic Governance!

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2 Jul 2021 | News

Prof. Elisa Fornalé appointed as Co-Rapporteur of the ILA Committee focusing on the Protection of Affected Persons in the Context of Sea Level Rise

On 30 June 2021, Prof. Elisa Fornalé hosted the virtual meeting on "Statehood and International Legal Personality" of the International Law Association (ILA) Committee on International Law and Sea Level Rise. Prof. Fornalé has recently been appointed as Co-Rapporteur of the ILA Committee focusing on the protection of affected persons …

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1 Jul 2021 | News

The Second Edition of the best-selling "Essentials of WTO Law" is out now!

The book, which was co-authored by Denise Prevost, Assistant Professor at Maastricht University's Faculty of Law, and Peter Van den Bossche, the WTI's Director of Studies, provides the readers with an overview of the substantive rules and institutional arrangements of the WTO.

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28 Jun 2021 | News

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2021 John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition’s Final Round!

For the first time ever, a team from Sri Lanka won the Final Round of the competition. Mr. Avishka Jayaweera, Ms. Adithya Ramanitharan, Mr. Sandun Batagoda and Ms. Saheli Wikramanayake were coached by Harish Balakrishnan and Harrison Mbori and represented the University of Colombo. The team was also awarded the …

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25 Jun 2021 | News

Register for the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL)'s Seventh Global Conference

From 7 to 9 July 2021, the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL) organises its Seventh Global Conference. Previous SIEL conferences were held in Washington D.C. (2018), Johannesburg (2016), Bern (2014), Singapore (2012), Barcelona (2010), and Geneva (2008). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this conference will be held online.

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25 Jun 2021 | News

Recap: 'Talk on the WTO Reforms and on the Future of the Multilateral Trading System'

On the occasion of the 7th Joint Academy on International Trade Law and Policy, organised by the World Trade Institute (WTI) and the Centre for WTO Studies of the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (CWS), the Embassy of Switzerland to India and Bhutan hosted a webinar on the WTO reforms …

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24 Jun 2021 | News

Roundtable on Trade, Climate Change and SDGs

On 23 June 2021, the WTI, together with the State’s Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) of the University of Bern, hosted a roundtable discussion on trade, climate change and the SDGs.

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24 Jun 2021 | News

Peter Van den Bossche delivers Opening Lecture of UNITAR-organised Online Course on WTO Dispute Settlement

On 23 June 2021, WTI Director of Studies Peter Van den Bossche gave the opening lecture of the online course on Solving Disputes at the WTO for Developing Countries, organised by the New York Office of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).

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23 Jun 2021 | News

Check out Arthur Appleton's recent Interview with BBC World Business Report

In this interview, Appleton talks about whether employers should be able to require that employees be vaccinated before they return to the office.

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21 Jun 2021 | News

Peter Van den Bossche participates as a Lead Discussant of a Paper in an Online Workshop organised by Leiden University and City University of Hong Kong

On 17 June 2021, the WTI's Director of Studies Peter Van den Bossche participated as a lead discussant of a paper on The Settlement of Tax Disputes by the WTO presented by Luca Rubini in an online workshop on The Settlement of Tax and Tax Treaty Disputes by International Courts …

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17 Jun 2021 | News

The WTI is now Part of the International Gender Champions (IGC) Network

The International Gender Champions (IGC) is a leadership network that brings together female & male decision-makers determined to break down gender barriers and make gender equality a working reality in their spheres of influence. The initiative was co-founded by former UN Geneva Director-General Michael Møller, former US Ambassador to the …

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9 Jun 2021 | News

Inauguration of the 7th WTI-CWS Joint Academy on International Trade Law and Policy

On 7 June 2021, the Inauguration of the WTI-CWS Joint Academy took place with a welcome address by Prof. Abhijit Das, Head of the Centre for WTO Studies and Prof. Manfred Elsig, Deputy Managing Director of the World Trade Institute.

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9 Jun 2021 | News

New SNSF Funded Research Project: "Gender Equality in the Mirror (GEM): Clothing the Invisibility of Women’s Participation at International Level"

The pandemic has made it clear how current structures of power risk perpetuating gender inequality and that the underrepresentation of women is no longer sustainable. Instead, it is imperative to understand the normative implications of participatory rights, how affirmative actions can foster and/or undermine participation, and how institutional practices still …

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8 Jun 2021 | News

Spring 2021 SIEL Newsletter

In this edition of the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL) Newsletter, Peter Van den Bossche, WTI Director of Studies and President of SIEL, wrote a commentary entitled "Rethinking Global Economic Governance!".

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2 Jun 2021 | News

WTI Alumnus BVR Subrahmanyam designated as India's new Commerce Secretary

On Thursday, 27 May 2021, the Indian government appointed BVR Subrahmanyam as new commerce secretary. He will assume his new role on 30 June 2021.

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2 Jun 2021 | News

New WTI Research Project: Trade and Democracy (TRADEM)

How are trade and democracy related? The TRADEM project researches the interconnections between trade agreements and democracy. In particular, it aims to examine more closely how trade agreements affect democratic institutions and processes.

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14 May 2021 | News

Peter Van den Bossche participates in a webinar discussion on "WTO Perspectives after the Storm: the EU and the US Biden Administration"

The webinsar was held on 12 May 2021. Together with the WTI Director of Studies, participants included Dr. Ignacio Garcia-Bercero, Director, DG Trade, European Commission, Prof. Giovanna Adinolfi, Università degli Studi di Milano, Prof. Elisa Baroncini, Alma Mater Studiorum, Università di Bologna, and Prof. Andrea Gattini, Università degli Studi di …

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11 May 2021 | News

H.E. Santiago Wills talks about WTO Fisheries Subsidies Negotiations in 4. Global Economic Governance Seminar of 2021

The Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Colombia to the WTO delivered his lecture to a large virtual audience, which included a number of senior diplomats and capital-based officials.

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11 May 2021 | News

Hot off the Press: The Prospects of Common Concern of Humankind in International Law

The World Trade Institute (WTI) research project "Towards a Principle of Common Concern in Global Law" has successfully put its key findings out on print. After some pandemic-induced delay, the book entitled "The Prospects of Common Concern of Humankind in International Law" is published by Cambridge University Press in May …

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7 May 2021 | News

Peter Van den Bossche acts as Panelist in the West and East Asia Regional Round of the John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition

The West and South Regional Round of the 19th edition of the John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition ended this week. Now the selected teams have time to prepare for the Final Oral Round that will take place online from 23 to 27 June.

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26 Apr 2021 | News

Peter Van den Bossche delivers Online Lecture at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ)

On Friday, 23 April 2021, Peter Van den Bossche, the WTI's Director of Studies, gave an online lecture at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) in Ecuador.

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26 Apr 2021 | News

Secretary-General Wamkele Mene talks about Updates on the Implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement in 3. Global Economic Governance Seminar of 2021

The Secretary-General of the AfCFTA shared his knowledge and discussed the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement with the WTI's students as well as external participants.

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23 Apr 2021 | News

Commons International Trade Committee: oral evidence session on the UK-EU trading relationship with Dr Damian Raess

The UK Parliament’s International Trade Committee has launched an inquiry into the UK-EU trading relationship following the end of the post-Brexit transition period on 31 December 2021. Dr Damian Raess, SNSF Assistant Professor in Political Science at the WTI, gave oral evidence on the level playing field provisions of the …

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20 Apr 2021 | News

Launch of the Global Impact Association (GIA)

The newly launched Global Impact Association (GIA) aims to contribute to a better, more sustainable and inclusive system, by developing world-class trade professionals and scholars. Special attention is given to students from low and middle-income countries.

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19 Apr 2021 | News

Updated COVID-19 Guidelines for the WTI

Starting Monday, 19 April 2021, new rules and guidelines related to COVID-19 are applied in Switzerland and in Swiss Universities. Read below what this means for operations at the WTI.

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16 Apr 2021 | News

April Activites by Peter Van den Bossche

The WTI's Director of Studies recently engaged in two activities in India and Belgium, which he attended and delivered online.

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15 Apr 2021 | News

Latest WTI Teaching Activities

In March and April 2021, the WTI hosted two courses. One was a tailor-made course for officials of the Department for International Trade of the United Kingdom, whereas the other was a PhD Winter School course on sustainable trade. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, both courses were held online.

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6 Apr 2021 | News

Action Week «Who comes too close goes too far» 30 April - 7 May 2021

Between 30 April and 7 May 2021, the action week «Who comes too close goes too far» will take place. The week, organised by the University of Bern, will include different events and interactions (e.g. a forum theatre) as a way to encourage all members of staff to address this …

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1 Apr 2021 | News

(CLOSED) Stelleninserat: Verantwortliche/r Finanzen WTI 60%

Per 1. August oder nach Vereinbarung suchen wir eine/n Verantwortliche/r Finanzen WTI 60%.

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31 Mar 2021 | News

(CLOSED) Call for Proposals: 2021 World Trade Forum on "China and the WTO: 20 Years On"

We invite your submissions to the book track sessions of the 2021 World Trade Forum to be hosted at the World Trade Institute in Bern.

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23 Mar 2021 | News

International Bachelor Summer School for Climate Change Research: Confronting Climate Change – from Science to Policy

The third International Bachelor Summer School for Climate Change Research, co-organised by the WTI and the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research (OCCR), is scheduled to take place from 2 to 13 August 2021, in Bern, Switzerland.

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12 Mar 2021 | News

Ambassador Didier Chambovey talks about Switzerland's Trade Policy in 2. Global Economic Governance Seminar of 2021

The Permanent Represenative of Switzerland to the WTO and EFTA shared his knowledge and expertise on Switzerland's trade policy with the WTI's students as well as external participants.

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8 Mar 2021 | News

Happy International Women's Day!

The WTI wishes a Happy International Women's Day! The following text was written by WTI PhD student and member of the Gender Team, Aylin Yildiz.

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8 Mar 2021 | News

Manfred Elsig talks about the Challenges the WTO faces on Swiss-Italian TV

Manfred Elsig, Deputy Managing Director and Director of Research of the WTI, shared his views in the 5 March episode of "Tempi moderni", a programme produced by the Swiss-Italian broadcaster "Radio Svizzera Italiana" (RSI).

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5 Mar 2021 | News

WTI PhD Candidate Aylin Yildiz participates as a Speaker in a Webinar organised by the British Institute of International and Comparative Law

The webinar series, entitled "Rising Sea Levels: Promoting Climate Justice through International Law", is held on 3, 11, 17 and 24 March.

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26 Feb 2021 | News

"WTO and its Role in Reducing the Economic Shock of the Pandemic": Latest Article by WTI Alumna Urvi Tembey

The article was published by the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), ranked in the Top 20 think tanks worldwide by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Programme (TTCSP) of the Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania.

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24 Feb 2021 | News

Video Message from Peter Van den Bossche

Peter Van den Bossche, WTI Director of Studies, has recorded a video message for the participants of this year's John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition which starts today with the All American Regional Round.

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21 Feb 2021 | News

Winter 2021 SIEL Newsletter

In this edition of the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL) Newsletter, Peter Van den Bossche, WTI Director of Studies and President of SIEL, wrote a commentary entitled "Will 2021 be better?".

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8 Feb 2021 | News

Latest News from the WTI

In January and early February 2021, Peter Van den Bossche, WTI Director of Studies, engaged in two teaching activities, in both of which he was joined by WTI External Faculty member Paolo Vergano, WTI Academic Coordinator Rodrigo Polanco and WTI PhD student Umid Yakubkhodjaev.

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25 Jan 2021 | News

2021 SIEL Global Conference: Call for Papers and Panels

The Seventh Biennial Global Conference of the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL) will take place as a virtual conference in collaboration with Bocconi University, Milan / Italy, on 8-10 July 2021.

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22 Jan 2021 | News

Strategie Nachhaltige Entwicklung 2030 des Bundesrates: Herausforderungen und Chancen?

Am 2. Februar 2021 findet das erste Treffen (als Web-Event) des Schweiz-UNO-Clubs statt. Dabei handelt es sich um eine Reihe von informellen Treffen, die sich der Thematik des Multilateralismus widmen. Das Thema dieses ersten Treffens wird «Strategie Nachhaltige Entwicklung 2030 der Schweiz: Herausforderungen und Chancen» sein.

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20 Jan 2021 | News

(CLOSED) We are hiring!

The WTI is looking for a Student Assistant for the Graduate School (up to 20%). The starting date for this position is 1 April 2021 (negotiable).

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18 Jan 2021 | News

20th Edition of the John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition: Call for Case Authors

ELSA International is opening a call for the Case Authors of the 20th edition of the John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition. Academic or practitioners of WTO Law are welcome to send a Case proposal for the next edition of the Competition.

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15 Jan 2021 | News

Election results for the Committee of the WTI Alumni Association

The elections for the establishment of a Founding Working Committee for the creation of the WTI Alumni Association have been completed with a participation rate of 37% of the WTI’s MILE, TRAIL+ and PhD alumni.

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13 Jan 2021 | News

Information about the third phase of the WTO Chairs Programme - Application Deadline extended

The Knowledge and Information Management, Academic Outreach and WCP Programme Division of the WTO is preparing the third phase of the WTO Chairs Programme (WCP), scheduled to be launched in 2021.

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11 Jan 2021 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Syed Shakeel Shah

MILE 5 graduate Syed Shakeel Shah from Pakistan, Director of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Institute (CAREC) in Urumqi, talks about his professional journey and the benefits he gained from pursuing the MILE programme at the World Trade Institute. This interview is part of our Alumni profiles series.

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7 Jan 2021 | News

Peter Van den Bossche delivers Online Lecture at International Virtual Conference

On 5 January 2021, WTI Director of Studies Peter Van den Bossche gave an online lecture on "Trade Practices and Legislation in the EU: Are They Restricting Free Market Opportunities" at the Palm Oil Trade Fair and Seminar 2021 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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6 Jan 2021 | News

World Trade Review: Call for Proposals for Special Issues

The World Trade Review (WTR), whose editorial team consists of Mona Pinchis-Paulsen, Manfred Elsig, Joseph Francois and Peter Van den Bossche, intends to publish at least one special issue a year and will give preference to proposals for special issues of papers presented at inter- or transdisciplinary workshops or conferences.

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28 Dec 2020 | News

Information about Model WTO 2021

Organised by a team of students from the University of St. Gallen since its first edition in 1997, the Model WTO conference has established itself as the biggest simulation of negotiations of the WTO in the world, with the participation of 72 international students and the assistance of a prestigious …

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24 Dec 2020 | News

Season's Greetings - Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for 2021 from the WTI

The WTI wishes you and your loved ones Happy Holidays and all the best for 2021.

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15 Dec 2020 | News

The European Union’s First Bilateral Trade Dispute - Final Ruling with WTI support

For the first time, the European Union has used a bilateral trade agreement to ensure its market access rights. After Covid restrictions preventing expediency and public hearings for almost a year, an Arbitration Panel has now recognised the right of Ukraine to regulate the management of its forest sector sustainably, …

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9 Dec 2020 | News

Taiwan’s Deputy-Minister of Economic Affairs gives a Global Economic Governance (GEG) lecture to WTI students and staff

On Monday, 7 December 2020, Mr. Chern-Chyi Chen, Taiwan’s Deputy-Minister of Economic Affairs, spoke to the WTI Master’s students and staff as part of the institute’s Global Economic Governance (GEG) Seminar Series.

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7 Dec 2020 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Martin Baumgartner

MILE 10 graduate Martin Baumgartner who is currently working on free trade agreements in the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), talks about his professional journey and the benefits he gained from pursuing the MILE programme at the World Trade Institute. This interview is part of our Alumni profiles …

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7 Dec 2020 | News

Latest Activities by WTI Director of Studies Peter Van den Bossche - December 2020

In early December, Peter Van den Bossche, the WTI's Director of Studies, participated in two online events. Find more details about these events below.

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3 Dec 2020 | News

Aylin Yildiz receives a scholarship for the 79th Biennial Conference of the International Law Association (ILA)

Aylin Yildiz, PhD student in Law at the WTI and member of the WTI Gender Team, has successfully applied and received a scholarship for the 79th Biennial Conference of the International Law Association (ILA).

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1 Dec 2020 | News

In Loving Memory of Nathalie Diaz

The untimely demise of Nathalie Diaz, MILE 14 alumna from Peru and a beloved member of the WTI family has left us shocked and deeply saddened. Our hearts go out to her family and friends in these difficult times. The eulogy below was written by Nathalie's friends and fellow WTI …

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20 Nov 2020 | News

Prof. Em. Thomas Cottier awarded with an honorary doctorate by the University of Lucerne

Prof. Em. Cottier, founding father of the World Trade Institute, has been awarded with an honorary doctorate by the Law Faculty of the University of Lucerne on 5 November 2020.

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16 Oct 2020 | News

How has the world of education adapted to the process of Digitalisation?

On 9 October 2020, Peter Van den Bossche, the WTI's Director of Studies, presented the WTI's TRAIL+ (LL.M.) programme during the second session of the "Career Launch Initiative" organised by the European Law Students' Association (ELSA).

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13 Oct 2020 | News

Creation of the WTI Alumni Association

Several WTI alumni have gathered to start preparations for the formation of an official WTI Alumni Association, aiming to further strengthen and develop the alumni relations. The WTI's more than 500 alumni are part of an ever-growing, global and vibrant community of bright and dedicated minds.

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13 Oct 2020 | News

'Back to the Good Old Days of GATT Dispute Settlement?' Commentary by Peter Van den Bossche in the Autumn 2020 edition of the SIEL Newsletter

In his capacity as President of the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL), Peter Van den Bossche, Director of Studies of the WTI, wrote a commentary on the WTO dispute settlement system.

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30 Sep 2020 | News

'The Future of Trade Policy and External Cooperation': Recap of the 2020 World Trade Forum

Discussions during this year's World Trade Forum focussed primarily on trade conflicts between large economies, general tensions in world trade and possible solutions. In addition, possibilities were discussed how future cooperation in international trade can be strengthened. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Trade Forum was held online for …

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16 Sep 2020 | News

Online now: The 2019 Annual Report of the World Trade Institute

The 2019 edition of the World Trade Institute's Annual Report is now available and can be downloaded from our website.

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16 Sep 2020 | News

"Reshaping the WTO": Prof. Peter Van den Bossche moderates a webinar on the WTO and Trade Monitoring

On 16 September 2020, Prof. Peter Van den Bossche moderated a webinar on the reform of the WTO trade policy review mechanism, organized by the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP).

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11 Sep 2020 | News

Class gets underway for the 2020-2021 MILE and TRAIL+ programmes

This year’s induction days for the incoming MILE and TRAIL+ students took place on 9 and 10 September, with most of them attending the orientation sessions and the Opening Ceremony online.

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10 Sep 2020 | News

Peter Van den Bossche comments on WTO leadership race in new Reuters article

Roberto Azevêdo stepped down as Director General of the WTO at the end of August, leaving the organization without an interim leader. Does this mark a new low-point for the crisis-ridden organization? What are the chances of a of a strong, dynamic leader emerging by early November, who will be …

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3 Sep 2020 | News

Manfred Elsig on the chances of a woman becoming the DG of the WTO for the first time

Roberto Azevêdo has officially left his post as Director General of the WTO on 31 August. Of the eight candidates for the vacancy, Nigeria's ex-finance and foreign minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, is said to have the best chances.

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10 Aug 2020 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Pallavi Bajaj

MILE 10 graduate Pallavi Bajaj, International Trade Policy Consultant, and Partner at TCube Consulting LLP, talks about her professional journey and the benefits she gained from pursuing the MILE programme at the World Trade Institute. This interview is part of our Alumni profiles series.

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6 Aug 2020 | News

Save the date: World Trade Forum 2020

This year's World Trade Forum, co-organised by the European University Institute and the World Trade Institute, will be held online. This is in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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6 Aug 2020 | News

Interview with Peter Van den Bossche as basis for a new article on the possible future WTO DG in the NRC

The leading Dutch newspaper NRC has published an article about the eight candidates for the position as new Director General of the WTO on the basis of an interview with Prof. Peter Van den Bossche, the WTI's Director of Studies.

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29 Jul 2020 | News

The 2019-20 Advanced Master Programmes have come to an end

After months of intense preparation, the 2019-20 MILE and TRAIL+ students finished the WTI Moor Court competition online and were officially bid farewell at a COVID-19 conform Closing Ceremony on the WTI premises. After the Ceremony, the students and some WTI staff enjoyed a lunch with a view at Restaurant …

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28 Jul 2020 | News

Final Report of the 18th Edition of the John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition now available to read

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some Regional Rounds as well as the Grand Finals had to be held online. A team of current TRAIL+ students participated in this year's competition, too. The WTI has been an academic supporter and sponsor of this competition for several years and many WTI …

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27 Jul 2020 | News

Successful Conclusion of the WTI's first ever Online Summer Academy

The WTI's annual Summer Academy, which was held online this year in response the to the COVID-19 pandemic, has successfully concluded on 17 July. This was the first time the Institute offered the weekly courses exclusively for virtual participation since the launch of the Winter and Summer Academies.

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27 Jul 2020 | News

Latest Activities by WTI Director of Studies Peter Van den Bossche

Peter Van den Bossche, Director of Studies at the WTI, has been involved in a number of different activities this month. These include the delivery of an online lecture about the new EU – Mexico Trade Agreement, a keynote lecture at the Online Summer 2020 Academic Conference on The 3R …

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15 Jul 2020 | News

Peter Van den Bossche's latest online lecture now available to watch

Peter Van den Bossche, Director of Studies at the WTI, gave a video lecture in the context of the 2020 "Trade, Investment and Development Program" organised by the Washington College of Law, American University, Washington, D.C.

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9 Jul 2020 | News

Switzerland nominates Professor Emeritus Thomas Cottier as Arbitrator for the MPIA

Switzerland has nominated Professor Emeritus Thomas Cottier as its candidate for the pool of 10 arbitrators for the Multi-Party Interim Appeal Arbitration Arrangement (MPIA), a temporary solution for the paralysis of the WTO Appellate Body. Prof. Cottier is the former Managing Director of the World Trade Institute and Professor Emeritus …

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7 Jul 2020 | News

USMCA Chapter 31 State-State Dispute Settlement: Christian Häberli named as Panelist

The successor agreement to NAFTA entered into force on 1 July 2020, with the same three parties. The new acronym is USMCA (Agreement between the United States of America, the United Mexican States, and Canada). WTI Fellow Christian Häberli is one of 30 people who will act as panelists in …

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7 Jul 2020 | News

WTI study suggests minimal negative impact of EFTA-Mercosur free trade deal

Two studies commissioned by the Swiss Governement forecast little to no negative environmental or agricultural impact of the EFTA-Mercosur free tarde agreement. The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) published the results last week. One of these studies was carried out by the World Trade Institute in June 2019.

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6 Jul 2020 | News

Written submission by Prof. Damian Raess to the House of Commons on UK-EU trade negotiations

SNSF Professor Damian Raess' written evidence on level playing field rule in the policy area of social and employment standards is now online and can be accessed on the official website of the UK Parliament. Prof. Raess was invited to submit his evidence by the Chair of the Committee, Hilary …

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6 Jul 2020 | News

'Can It Get Any Worse?' Commentary by Peter Van den Bossche in the June 2020 edition of the SIEL Newsletter

In his capacity as President of the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL), Peter Van den Bossche, Director of Studies of the WTI, wrote a commentary on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global economy and international trade.

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1 Jul 2020 | News

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2020 John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition’s Final Round!

This year's winning team hails from Mumbai, India, and was composed of Ms. Sharnam Vaswani, Ms. Urshila Samant, Ms. Drashti Gala and Ms. Niyati Karia who participated in the competition representing Government Law College Mumbai. They also won the prize for the best team from a developing country. The best …

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25 Jun 2020 | News

"The WTO Before, During and After Corona": Peter Van den Bossche's introduction now available to listen

This year's Spring Meeting by the Royal Netherlands Society of International Law (KNVIR) was held online on Wednesday, 24 June. Peter Van den Bossche, Director of Studies at the WTI, introduced the meeting. If you could not attend, you can now watch it online.

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24 Jun 2020 | News

Peter Van den Bossche talks about Roberto Azevêdo's departure as Director General of the WTO on SRF's "Echo der Zeit"

Peter Van den Bossche, The WTI's Director of Studies, shared his thoughts on Roberto Azevêdo's resignation as the WTO's Director General and what possible challenges his successor might have to face. The programme was aired on Saturday, 20 June 2020.

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23 Jun 2020 | News

Pandemic and the Global Economy: A virtual workshop series

National policy responses to the COVID-19 crisis have included cooperation replaced by competition, including export restrictions, efforts to re-localize global supply chains, and efforts to regulate the overseas production of MNEs. This workshop will examine issues and challenges raised by recent experience.

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17 Jun 2020 | News

WTI Summer Academy starts next week!

The WTI's online Summer Academy starts next week with the course on WTO Law on TBT & SPS Measures. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all our courses will be held online, ensuring that participants can still learn about cutting-edge issues in international law and economics. All course syllabi are now …

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2 Jun 2020 | News

My PCA Fellowship - Jorge Manrique de Lara

Jorge Manrique de Lara, MILE 17 graduate from Peru, worked as an Assistant Legal Counsel for the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague (Netherlands) after completing the MILE Master's programme in Bern. Read his testimonial about the one year fellowship which allowed him to work with a diverse …

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29 May 2020 | News

A message from Peter Van den Bossche

The WTI's Director of Studies reassures new Master's students that, despite travel restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic which may make it impossible for them to travel to Switzerland in the near future, the Master's programmes starting in September 2020 will be available online as well. Resuming the …

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26 May 2020 | News

UPDATE (as of 26 May 2020): Information about the coronavirus (SARS CoV2)

The number of people infected by the coronavirus SARS CoV2 continues to increase in Switzerland. New measures to tackle the situation have been announced by the Federal Council on Friday, 13 March. In a first stage starting on 27 April, there will be a first easing of restrictions. The second …

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19 May 2020 | News

Interview by Christian Häberli on the early resignation of WTO Director General Roberto Azevêdo for DRS4's "Trend"

WTI fellow Christian Häberli gave an interview on Roberto Azevêdo's resignation as Director General of the WTO for "Trend", a programme produced by Swiss Radio channel DRS4. The interview, alongside a report on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on shared economy facilities like "Mobility", was aired last Saturday, 16 …

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18 May 2020 | News

Prof. Dr. Manfred Elsig talks about Roberto Azevêdo's departure as Director General of the WTO in an interview with DRS 4

After Azevêdo's resignation as Director General, how can the World Trade Organization (WTO) find its way out of the crisis? Can it still perform its main tasks, and what will Azevêdo's successor have to do to ensure that the WTO can continue its function? Prof. Dr. Manfred Elsig, Deputy Managing …

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8 May 2020 | News

Register for the 2020 Summer Academy - All courses available online

Due to the circumstances caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the WTI has decided to offer all of this years' Summer Academy courses online, ensuring that people who wish to broaden their knowledge of international law and economics can still do so, despite not being able to travel to Switzerland. …

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7 May 2020 | News

"Leap of faith: the new 16-member alternative appeals tribunal at the WTO"

Peter Van den Bossche, Director of Studies at the WTI, shared his views in a recent article on the alternative mechanism to the WTO Appellate Body which aims at settling legal disputes at appellate level. the author of the article, Iana Dreyer, is the founder and chief editor of Borderlex.eu, …

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5 May 2020 | News

Prof. Dr. Manfred Elsig: «US-China trade relations: Effects on Switzerland»

Prof. Dr. Manfred Elsig, Deputy Managing Director and Director of Research at the WTI, gave a lecture on US-China relations and the impact on Switzerland, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. This lecture was given as part of the Forum for University and Society by the University of Bern and its …

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1 May 2020 | News

Be a TRAIL-blazer: Nithya Grace Fenn

The WTI's TRAIL+ programme is offered in cooperation with the Faculty of Law of the University of Bern. Upon successful completion, students are awarded an LL.M. in International Trade and Investment Law, as well as a Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS) in International Law and Economics. Nithya Grace Fenn from …

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30 Apr 2020 | News

John H. Jackson Moot Court: Call for Case Author

The European Law Students' Association (ELSA) has issued a call for the Case Author for the 19th edition of the John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition. The WTI has been a proud sponsor of this Moot Court for several years and many WTI alumni have acted as panelists and coaches …

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29 Apr 2020 | News

Know the Gap Lecture Series: Update for May

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the two Know the Gap lectures scheduled for May will be replaced by online solutions. The recorded lectures will be made available on our website soon.

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14 Apr 2020 | News

Call for Abstracts: Workshop “Environmental Social Sciences”: NEW DEADLINE

This Call for Abstracts is for the workshop "Environmental Social Sciences", organised by the Department of Social Sciences of the University of Bern. The submission deadline is 15 May 2020.

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3 Apr 2020 | News

My Winter/Summer Academy Experience at the WTI: Christine Jiang - Registration for the 2020 Summer Academy open NOW

Each year, the WTI offers courses covering cutting-edge issues in trade and investment law and policy which are de­signed for professionals as well as advanced master and PhD students. The Winter and Summer Academies also attract a vast number of people from abroad who wish to strengthen their knowledge and …

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31 Mar 2020 | News

Virtual Summit | Re-thinking and taking action in the COVID-19 time

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic represents an unprecedented disruption to trade worldwide. What are international trade experts saying with regard to the development of a new strategic plan and common response to this global challenge?

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25 Mar 2020 | News

Post-WTI Life: WTI and my recent experience as an Intern at the WTO

Do you wonder what's in store for you immediately after graduating from the WTI? Shishira Johny from India recently completed the TRAIL+ programme in Bern and is now doing an internship in the Trade in Service and Investment Division at the WTO in Geneva. Find out how the TRAIL+ programme …

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17 Mar 2020 | News

SRF 1 ECO: Coronavirus "infects" Economy

What impact does the coronavirus have on the stock markets? How do central banks react and what side effects do negative interest rates have? Listen to what WTI Executive Board member Aymo Brunetti had to say in the ECO episode aired last week.

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11 Mar 2020 | News

Blame and Shame: Arthur E. Appleton shares his thoughts on Globalisation and Nationalism

Globalism is becoming the favourite scapegoat for politicians to deflect the blame for their own policy failures, especially in countries with nationalistic tendencies. WTI Faculty and Advisory Board member Arthur E. Appleton was featured in a radio interview earlier this week, where he argues that "the fight against globalization and …

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10 Mar 2020 | News

Be a MILE ahead: Runqiu (Rachel) Du

Are you keen on pursuing one of the world’s leading programmes of advanced studies in the field of international trade regulation? Runqiu (Rachel) Du from China is currently enrolled in the MILE programme at the WTI. Read her interview to find out why she chose the MILE programme and how …

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9 Mar 2020 | News

Be a TRAIL-blazer: Vishal Shrivastava

Are you a law graduate looking to take the next step in your career or in academia? The TRAIL+ programme at the WTI targets students and professionals with a legal background who are interested in specialising in international economic law with cross-disciplinary study of the global economy and trade and …

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8 Mar 2020 | News

International Women's Day 2020

A message of solidarity and equality from the WTI Gender Committee.

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8 Mar 2020 | News

Is Trade Bad for Women?

WTI Advisory Board member Beata Javorcik shares her thoughts in episode 124 of the Trade Talks podcast with Soumaya Keynes & Chad Bown.

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6 Mar 2020 | News

WTI researchers participate in the Assembly of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Switzerland

The SDSN Switzerland Assembly, held on 18 February in Bern, provided a platform for members, partners and other stakeholders to explore ways of cooperation to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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5 Mar 2020 | News

Call for Applications for the 7th WTI-CWS Joint Academy

Established in 2014, the WTI-CWS Joint academy aims to provide law students and legal professionals in India with an opportunity to increase their knowledge of trade regulation and governance issues.

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5 Mar 2020 | News

BBC Radio 5 Live: Joseph Francois appears on The Emma Barnett Show

The Emma Barnett show regularly features big-name interviews, original journalism and news-making stories.

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2 Mar 2020 | News

Dr Damian Raess questioned on the level playing field in international trade and labor standards

The House of Lords EU Internal Market Sub-Committee held an evidence session on Thursday 27 February, with regards to questions around the level playing field in UK-EU trade negotiations.

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1 Mar 2020 | News

Peter Van den Bossche delivers a lecture and participates in a roundtable discussion in Edinburgh

The roundtable discussion, chaired by Carolyn Thurston Smith, also included other speakers such as Ignacio Garcia Bercero from the European Commission and St. Anthony's College (Oxford) and Martin Bell from the Scottish Whisky Association.

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28 Feb 2020 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Jean-Philippe Herbert

MILE 17 graduate Jean-Philippe Herbert, a dispute settlement lawyer in the Legal Affairs division of the WTO in Geneva, began his career as a commercial litigator in Canada. In this interview, he talks about his professional journey and the benefits he gained from pursuing the MILE programme at the World …

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21 Feb 2020 | News

Peter Van den Bossche starts his Spring Semester teaching

On Monday and Tuesday, 17 and 18 February, WTI Director of Studies Peter Van den Bossche started his 14-week-long courses on 'International Economic Dispute Resolution' and 'International Economic Law and the Pursuit of Core Societal Values and Interests' respectively.

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19 Feb 2020 | News

WTI alumni play key role in Gujarat International Moot Court 2020

The 12th Gujarat International Moot Court (GIMC) competition, an important international trade law moot court held in India, has just concluded. The World Trade Institute is proud of the involvement of so many of its alumni in the event, which it has sponsored for more than ten years.

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14 Feb 2020 | News

WTI CLIM_CO_2 sustainability project launches its own website

The CLIM_CO_2 environmental migration project has launched its own website – www.climco2.org - to highlight the research being carried out by the WTI-based team led by Professor Elisa Fornalé. Congratulations to Elisa and her team members, Aylin and Najma on their achievement!

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14 Feb 2020 | News

Winter Academy ends with course on law and policy of trade in services

The month-long WTI Winter Academy has concluded with a course on ‘The Law and Policy of Trade in Services’ taught by Pierre Sauvé and Jan Bohanes.

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10 Feb 2020 | News

Peter Van den Bossche visits London and Moscow

Peter Van den Bossche, the WTI's Director of Studies, conducted a seminar and gave a public lecture at the London School of Economics (LSE) at the end of last month. From London he went to Moscow where he was a member of the panel in the Russian National Rounds of …

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7 Feb 2020 | News

Winter Academy: Week three looks at WTO law on subsidies and countervailing measures

The third week of the WTI Winter Academy – a course on WTO Law on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures - attracted a large number of participants.

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5 Feb 2020 | News

Week two of Winter Academy focuses on WTO law on anti-dumping and safeguard measures

In the second week of the Winter Academy now underway at the WTI participants learned about the role of anti-dumping and safeguard measures in international trade regulation.

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3 Feb 2020 | News

Peter Van den Bossche addresses EIPIN congress

From 22 to 24 January, World Trade Institute (WTI) Director of Studies Peter Van den Bossche participated in the 21st EIPIN congress, hosted by Maastricht University, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Maastricht, the Netherlands.

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27 Jan 2020 | News

PhD candidates in Law sweep competition prizes

Aylin Yildiz and Iryna Bogdanova, PhD candidates in Law at the World Trade Institute (WTI), have received runner-up awards in the ‘Hours of Crisis’ competition run by the Hague Academy of International Law in the Netherlands on 18 January.

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24 Jan 2020 | News

Winter Academy begins with a course on WTO Law on Border Measures and Trade Facilitation

The Winter Academy is underway at the World Trade Institute (WTI). On 20-23 January we had the pleasure to welcome Professor Roy Santana who taught a course on ‘WTO Law on Border Measures and Trade Facilitation’.

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23 Jan 2020 | News

The Chocolate War – a simulation exercise on WTO law on trade in food

In the context of the Food Law Master 2020 programme at LUISS University in Rome, WTI Director of Studies Peter Van den Bossche conducted a 10-hour simulation exercise on WTO law on trade in food, entitled ‘The Chocolate War’, on 17 and 18 January.

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22 Jan 2020 | News

Closing soon: registration for the MILE/TRAIL+ programmes

Time is running out to apply for a place on the Master’s programmes at the World Trade Institute (WTI) beginning in September 2020!

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17 Jan 2020 | News

Peter Van den Bossche lectures in Bruges and Geneva

World Trade Institute (WTI) Director of Studies Professor Peter Van den Bossche has begun the year with lectures in Bruges, Belgium, and Geneva, Switzerland.

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16 Jan 2020 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Wakako Oshima

MILE 7 graduate Wakako Oshima, a Japanese national and US-licensed lawyer with top law firm and in-house counsel experience, talks about how she moved from WTO litigation to promoting the sustainable development of businesses across borders.

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14 Jan 2020 | News

WTI congratulates Arancha Gonzalez on becoming Spain’s foreign minister

Arancha Gonzalez, a member of the WTI Advisory Board and external faculty, has been named the new foreign minister of Spain.

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10 Jan 2020 | News

The WTO at 25: crisis-hit but not defeated

Despite the problems it is currently up against, the World Trade Organization (WTO) is still working and serves an important function, according to WTI Fellow Christian Häberli.

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2 Jan 2020 | News

BRICS project launches new website

The BRICS Globalization and Labour Protections research project at the World Trade Institute now has its own website.

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30 Dec 2019 | News

New Trade Winds newsletter now available

The year-end edition of the WTI's Trade Winds newsletter has just been published, featuring new publications, upcoming events and an introduction by Peter Van den Bossche.

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20 Dec 2019 | News

Peter Van den Bossche lectures and attends a workshop in Taiwan

WTI Director of Studies Peter Van den Bossche has paid a visit to Taiwan where he delivered a series of lectures and attended a workshop.

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19 Dec 2019 | News

Climate change: what’s the way forward after COP25?

A few days after the closure of the UN Climate Change Conference, COP25, Professor Elisa Fornalé of the WTI was invited to deliver a lecture in Naples on climate change induced mobility and legal obstacles for small island states.

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13 Dec 2019 | News

Sign up for the 2020 Winter Academy

The 2020 Winter Academy at the World Trade Institute (WTI) starts on 20 January, offering four weeks of tuition by leading experts on trade investment law and policy issues. Sign up and start the year by broadening your knowledge of international law and economics.

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12 Dec 2019 | News

WTO Appellate Body crisis: Peter Van den Bossche addresses public hearing

On 3 December World Trade Institute (WTI) Director of Studies Peter Van den Bossche testified before the Committee on International Trade of the European Parliament during a public hearing on the crisis in the WTO Appellate Body. His testimony is now available as a video recording.

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10 Dec 2019 | News

Interested in starting a Master’s at the WTI in 2020? Registration is still open

If you are looking to embark on a rewarding career in international trade the Master of Advanced Studies in International Law and Economics (MILE) or TRAIL+ programme in Trade and Investment Law offered by the World Trade Institute (WTI) may be the right choice.

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6 Dec 2019 | Event

Upcoming lecture: Gender equality in the judiciary – with an emphasis on international judiciary

by Professor Catherine Kessedjian, professor emerita, University Panthéon-Assas Paris II

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5 Dec 2019 | News

Peter Van den Bossche lectures at Milan’s Bocconi University

World Trade Institute (WTI) Director of Studies Peter Van den Bossche has given a series of lectures at Bocconi University, Milan, in the context of long-standing cooperation between the two academic institutions.

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5 Dec 2019 | News

WTI PhD Fellow presents paper at Latin America – Asia Pacific Observatory conference in Uruguay

María Vasquez Callo-Müller, a PhD Fellow at the World Trade Institute (WTI), presented her paper ‘How to build interoperability? Conceptualizing the Asia – Latin America relationship for the data economy’ at the Latin America - Asia Pacific Observatory Fourth Academic Seminar held in Montevideo, Uruguay, on 12 November.

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3 Dec 2019 | News

Economic growth, sectoral structures, and environmental methane footprints

A new WTI publication on the relation between economic growth, trade, and sectoral methane emissions is now available open access from Applied Economics.

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2 Dec 2019 | News

Margrit Vetter meets up with WTI alumni in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam

Margrit Vetter, the WTI’s Director of Administration, spent the month of November visiting South East Asia and meeting up with WTI alumni in different countries.

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22 Nov 2019 | News

WTI workshop considers trade wars and their impact

The term ‘trade war’ is frequently heard these days, but what exactly does it refer to and what is the impact of these wars on global trade and smaller economies? This was the topic of a one-day workshop held at the World Trade Institute (WTI) on 21 November.

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21 Nov 2019 | News

World Trade Forum – videos from the sessions

‘Multilateralism at Risk' was the theme of the 2019 World Trade Forum that took place in Bern on 25 and 26 October. The proceedings are now available to watch in video format.

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15 Nov 2019 | News

WTI renews teaching links with the Trade Policy Centre in Africa

The World Trade Institute (WTI) has maintained excellent relations with the Trade Policy Centre in Africa (www.trapca.org) for the past ten years, thanks to a cooperation agreement dated January 2009.

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14 Nov 2019 | News

WTI Director of Studies speaks on multilateral trading system in Macau and Hong Kong

World Trade Institute Director of Studies Peter Van den Bossche has spoken on the current state of the multilateral trading system and on the crisis of WTO dispute settlement during a short teaching visit to Macau and Hong Kong.

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10 Nov 2019 | News

"A different US-China fight hits the headlines"

Former WTO Appellate Body member Peter Van den Bossche, now WTI Director of Studies, discusses the decision of the WTO to authorise China to retaliate against $3.6 billion of US exports in the 5 November Trade Talks podcast by Soumaya Keynes and Chad Bown.

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8 Nov 2019 | News

WTI hosts workshop on impact of trade wars

The World Trade Institute (WTI) is hosting a one-day workshop on ‘Trade Wars and their Impact on Global Trade and Small Economies’ on 21 November. The event is jointly organised with the Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research, Taipei, Taiwan.

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7 Nov 2019 | News

WTI Fellow scoops young scholar award

WTI Fellow Dr Kelly Shang was awarded the Young Scholar Award from the Asian International Economic Law Network (AIELN) at its conference at the end of October.

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1 Nov 2019 | News

Professor Elisa Fornalé represents WTI in Swiss National Future Day 2019

SNSF Professor Elisa Fornalé will participate in this year’s Swiss National Future Day, held on 14 November, that supports school children in choosing a future career.

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31 Oct 2019 | News

Peter Van den Bossche delivers lecture on WTO dispute settlement

WTI Director of Studies Professor Peter Van den Bossche gave a two-hour lecture entitled, ‘Can the WTO Dispute Settlement System Be Saved? Its successful past and uncertain future, ’at the Faculty of Law of the University of Leuven, Belgium on 28 October.

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26 Oct 2019 | News

Multilateralism at risk – fruitful debate at World Trade Forum 2019

The 2019 World Trade Forum on the topic ‘Multilateralism at Risk' has drawn to a close after two days of lively discussion.

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25 Oct 2019 | News

World Trade Forum 2019 considers threats to multilateral trading system

The 2019 World Trade Forum is underway in Bern. The two-day conference – this year on the topic ‘Multilateralism at Risk' - brings together leading trade practitioners and scholars, government officials, representatives of international and non-governmental organisations and civil society organisations.

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18 Oct 2019 | News

WTI takes part in World Resources Forum 2019

The World Trade Institute (WTI) will participate in a workshop at the World Resources Forum which is taking place in Geneva on 23 and 24 October.

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16 Oct 2019 | News

WTI directors present new book at WTO Public Forum

A new WTI title, 'The Shifting Landscape of Global Trade Governance', was launched at the WTO Public Forum on 10 October.

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10 Oct 2019 | News

WTI alumni hold annual get-together

Around 70 alumni, students and faculty of the World Trade Institute came together for a social event in Geneva on 9 October.

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10 Oct 2019 | News

WTI alumni panel held at the WTO Public Forum

The WTI organised an alumni panel at the WTO Public Forum on 9 October 2019. Alumni from different intakes participated in the discussion. The theme was ‘Tomorrow’s Trading World – Thinking Ahead for the Future Generations’.

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8 Oct 2019 | News

Chinese students from the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing visit the WTI

A group of 38 students from the University of International Business and Economics, Beijing, led by Prof. Xiankun Lu, visited the WTI on 7 October 2019.

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5 Oct 2019 | News

Annual get-together of WTI alumni to be held during WTO Public Forum

As in previous years the annual get-together of World Trade Institute alumni will take place in Geneva during the week of the WTO Public Forum.

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4 Oct 2019 | News

WTI faculty member delivers Brexit agriculture lecture in London

On 2 October WTI faculty member Christian Häberli delivered a Masterclass Guest Lecture to the UK Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), entitled ‘GB Agriculture: Climate-smart AND WTO-compatible?’.

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4 Oct 2019 | News

Peter Van den Bossche lectures at Chinese conferences

World Trade Institute (WTI) Director of Studies Peter Van den Bossche has completed a lecture tour in China where he addressed conferences on international law in Beijing and Haikou.

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26 Sep 2019 | News

Peter Van den Bossche speaks on WTO Appellate Body crisis at Leiden law conference

World Trade Institute Director of Studies Peter Van den Bossche delivered a keynote lecture on ‘The WTO Appellate Body Crisis: Lessons for the Governance of International Adjudication?’ at Leiden University in the Netherlands on 21 September.

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24 Sep 2019 | News

TIISA annual conference and PhD workshop held at WTI

The first annual conference of the transnational Jean Monnet Network of Trade and Investment in Services Associates (TIISA) took place at the World Trade Institute (WTI) on 20-21 September.

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20 Sep 2019 | News

Malaysian academic delegation discuss cooperation during WTI visit

The World Trade Institute (WTI) was pleased to welcome a delegation from the Institute of Malaysian and International Studies (IKMAS) of the National University of Malaysia on 17 September.

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19 Sep 2019 | News

PhD course on state responsibility held at WTI

The first PhD course of the new semester took place at the World Trade Institute (WTI) from 9 to 13 September.

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14 Sep 2019 | News

WTI hosts world’s biggest international trade conference in anniversary year

The World Trade Institute (WTI) was proud to host the annual conference of the European Trade Study Group (ETSG), which this year marks its 20th anniversary. The conference ran from 12 to 14 September at the University of Bern.

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13 Sep 2019 | News

Prizes presented to young economists at international trade conference in Bern

Three young economists have received awards for papers they presented the annual conference of the European Trade Study Group (ETSG) being held in Bern.

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13 Sep 2019 | News

Amb. Ujal Singh Bhatia gives keynote speech at launch of 2019-2020 WTI Advanced Master Programmes

The new intake of students on the MILE and TRAIL+ programmes were officially welcomed to the World Trade Institute (WTI) on 11 September.

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9 Sep 2019 | Event

11 September Opening Ceremony of the 2019-20 Advanced Master Programmes

The Opening Ceremony will feature a keynote speech by Amb. Ujal Singh Bhatia, Member and former Chair of the Appellate Body of the WTO, and former ambassador and permanent representative of India to the WTO.

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9 Sep 2019 | News

World Meeting of Societies for International Law at the Peace Palace in The Hague

On 2 and 3 September 2019, Prof. Peter Van den Bossche participated, in his capacity as President of the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL), in the Rencontre Mondiale des Sociétes pour le Droit International / World Meeting of Societies for International Law at the Peace Palace in The Hague.

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29 Aug 2019 | News

Registration open for September 2019 PhD courses

Click to learn more about the courses "State Responsibility" and "Institutions and the Political Economy of Development", both offered this September at the WTI.

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6 Aug 2019 | Publication

WTO Appellate Review: Reform Proposals and Alternatives

E-book of contributions made at the WTI Workshop on WTO Appellate Review: Reform Proposals and Alternatives, held on 24 May 2019 at the World Trade Organization in Geneva.

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2 Aug 2019 | News

Teaching and outreach activities continue in Ecuador and Peru

In July 2019, Prof. Peter Van den Bossche taught courses at the USFQ, the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism of Peru and the American Chamber of Commerce of Peru. He also visited Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, a long-term partner of the WTI.

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23 Jul 2019 | News

2020 Winter and Summer Academies

Visit the Winter and Summer Academy page on our website to see the 2020 course lists. These week-long classes can be taken à la carte or with the aim of obtaining a certificate or diploma.

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18 Jul 2019 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Jimena Sotelo

MILE 15 alumna Jimena Sotelo talks to the WTI about her work at the International Trade Centre and her experience with the MILE programme.

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15 Jul 2019 | Publication

The Shifting Landscape of Global Trade Governance

World Trade Forum volume edited by Manfred Elsig, Michael Hahn and Gabrielle Spilker, published by Cambridge University Press.

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8 Jul 2019 | News

Global Economic Governance Seminar Series: new lecture dates released

Visit our Events page to see the current schedule for the fall lecture series.

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4 Jul 2019 | News

The 2018-19 Advanced Master Programmes have come to an end

At the end of June, the 2018-19 MILE and TRAIL+ classes finished their programmes with two busy days in Geneva followed by the Closing Ceremony in Bern.

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1 Jul 2019 | News

Trading for Good: Climate Change and Agriculture

The 2019 Summer Symposium of the International Agricultural Research Consortium (IATRC) brought together almost 50 scholars from all continents, including EU and US officials. WTI Fellow Christian Häberli was invited as a keynote speaker to the final plenary session.

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27 Jun 2019 | Event

Closing Ceremony of the 2018-19 Advanced Master Programmes

This year's Closing Ceremony featured a keynote address by State Secretary Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch, SECO.

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25 Jun 2019 | News

Call for Papers deadline extended: Trade in Services by Mode of Supply

The deadline for submissions has been extended to 14 July 2019. The first annual Trade and Investment in Services Associates (TIISA) conference will take place at the WTI from 20-21 September 2019.

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24 Jun 2019 | News

WTI continues its outreach activities in India

In early June, Prof. Peter Van den Bossche lectured and presented at various institutes in India, delivered the keynote speech at the second anniversary of the CTIL, and signed two MoUs.

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20 Jun 2019 | Event

"Beyond Rational Choice: The Behavioral Political Economy of Protectionism"

Prof. Dr. Anne van Aaken, University of Hamburg, gave a Tea Time Talk at the WTI on 20 June.

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19 Jun 2019 | Event

Sustainability at Huawei

Alan Aicken, Vice-President, Procurement Department, and Chief Sustainability Officer for the Supply Chain at Huawei, delivered a Brown Bag seminar on Wednesday.

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18 Jun 2019 | News

Coming up: Brown Bag Seminar and Tea Time Talk

On Wednesday a Brown Bag Seminar by Alan Aicken (Huawei) on “Sustainability at Huawei”, and on Thursday a Tea Time Talk with Anne van Aaken (Univ. of Hamburg) on "The Behavioral Political Economy of Protectionism".

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13 Jun 2019 | News

Call for Papers: Biannual Symposium on Salient Issues in International Commercial Arbitration

The Center on International Commercial Arbitration is accepting submissions for its biannual symposium, which will be held on November 14, 2019 at the American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. The deadline for submissions is 15 August 2019.

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12 Jun 2019 | News

Thomas Cottier delivers keynote speech at annual WTO Conference

The 31 May 2019 conference featured four panels and a final discussion. It was held at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) in London.

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11 Jun 2019 | News

Sixth WTI-CWS Joint Academy on International Trade Law and Policy in Delhi

The Academy was inaugurated on 3 June 2019 by Prof. Abhijit Das, Head, Centre of WTO Studies, Prof. Peter Van den Bossche, Director of Studies, World Trade Institute, Shri. Raheev Kher, former Commerce Secretary, Government of India and Ms. Shailja Sing, Legal Consultant, Centre for WTO Studies.

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6 Jun 2019 | Event

Trade & Security Exceptionalism

Prof. Kathleen Claussen, J.D., University of Miami School of Law, delivered a Brown Bag lecture.

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4 Jun 2019 | News

Recap: WTO Appellate Review Workshop

The WTI gathered lawyers, academics and policymakers to discuss options for reforming appellate review at the WTO. Event summary by Anvar Rahmetov.

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3 Jun 2019 | News

Farewell to the WTO Appellate Body: full speech now available

On 28 May, Prof Peter Van den Bossche delivered his farewell speech to the Appellate Body at the WTO in Geneva. His full speech is available via the link in this article.

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30 May 2019 | Event

Uncertain Times Ahead: India and the Crisis at the World Trade Organization

Nitin Pai, Director of The Takshashila Institution, will be in conversation with the WTI's Prof. Peter Van den Bossche at Swissnex India.

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29 May 2019 | Event

Brexit and UK Trade Policy

A Global Economic Governance Seminar Series lecture by Victoria Donaldson, Legal Deputy Director at Department for International Trade, UK Government.

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28 May 2019 | Event

Peter Van den Bossche Bids Farewell to the WTO Appellate Body

On 28 May, Prof Peter Van den Bossche delivered his farewell speech to the Appellate Body at the WTO in Geneva.

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28 May 2019 | Event

Circular Economy and Trade: Why this relationship matters?

Henrique Pacini, Economic Affairs Officer at UNCTAD, delivered a Brown Bag seminar in the Anna Nussbaum Auditorium.

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24 May 2019 | News

Workshop at the WTO and seminar by Dr. Nilüfer Oral

The “Workshop on WTO Appellate Review” and a lecture by Dr. Oral on “Gender Equality in the United Nations system" took place on 24 May.

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23 May 2019 | Event

Trade, Meat, and the Environment

A Brown Bag Seminar by Dora Simon, PhD Candidate at the University of Zurich Department of Economics.

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21 May 2019 | News

Register today for the WTI’s Summer Academy 2019

The WTI’s Summer Academy 2019 runs from 3-20 June 2019. These week-long courses are designed for working professionals with limited time who are interested in international economic governance, trade and investment.

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17 May 2019 | News

CLI_M_CO2 team wins distinction award in SNSF Scientific Image Competition

The CLI_M_CO2 picture "Sea Change" has been awarded a Distinction by an international jury for the category "1. Object of study".

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16 May 2019 | News

Indonesian Minister of Trade visits WTI

The Indonesian Minister of Trade, Enggartiasto Lukita, visited the WTI on Thursday 9 May 2019, where he met with WTI Directors Joseph Francois, Manfred Elsig and Michael Hahn.

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14 May 2019 | Event

International Economic Law in the Era of Big Data

This guest lecture by PD Dr.iur. Mira Burri, University of Lucerne, took place in the context of the course on International Economic Law and the Pursuit of Core Societal Values and Interests.

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13 May 2019 | Event

A Lawyer’s Perspective on WTO Law and Running a Trade Practice

This guest lecture by Paolo Vergano, Partner at FratiniVergano - European Lawyers, took place in the context of the course on International Economic Dispute Resolution.

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9 May 2019 | News

Coming up on 13 and 14 May: Guest Lectures at the WTI

Paolo Vergano’s Monday lecture “A Lawyer’s Perspective on WTO Law and Running a Trade Practice,” and Mira Burri’s Tuesday lecture “International Economic Law in the Era of Big Data” are open to the public.

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7 May 2019 | News

World Trade Forum 2019 Call for Papers

This Call for Papers is on the topic of "International Economic Dispute Settlement: Demise or Transformation". The submission deadline is 31 May 2019.

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6 May 2019 | Event

Investment Arbitration in Practice

Rahul Donde, Counselor at Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler Attorneys in Geneva, delivered a guest lecture in the context of the course on International Economic Dispute Resolution. This lecture was open to the public.

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30 Apr 2019 | News

Session transcripts now available for WTI Conference on Dispute Settlement

An e-book of session transcripts from the conference "What Kind of Dispute Settlement for the WTO?" held at the WTO in Geneva on 4 February 2019 is now available.

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29 Apr 2019 | Event

International Regulation on E-Commerce

A Global Economic Governance Seminar Series lecture delivered on 1 May 2019 by Dr. Mira Burri, Managing Director Steering Committee Internationalisation (SCI) and Senior Lecturer, University of Lucerne.

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25 Apr 2019 | Event

Coming up on 24 May: Workshop on WTO Appellate Review: Reform Proposals and Alternatives

This workshop is open to the public and will be held at the World Trade Organization in Geneva.

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24 Apr 2019 | News

Trading for good

The 23-25 June 2019 symposia "Trading for good - Agricultural trade in the context of climate change adaptation and mitigation: synergies, obstacles and possible solutions” will feature a keynote speech by Dr. Christian Häberli

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16 Apr 2019 | Event

Enhancing “safe, orderly and regular migration”: Human rights protection for migrant workers at the intersection of multiple normative frameworks

This guest lecture by Prof. Elisa Fornalé took place in the context of the course on International Economic Law and the Pursuit of Core Societal Values.

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11 Apr 2019 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Alvita Chen

MILE 14 alumna from Indonesia, Alvita Chen, tells the WTI about her position as Senior Manager for Corporate Affairs at GOJEK, and how the MILE helped her learn the key role of MSMEs in driving sustainable economic development.

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8 Apr 2019 | Event

The Relationship Between Trade and Competition Law

A Global Economic Governance Seminar Series lecture by Prof. Robert Anderson, Counsellor in the Intellectual Property, Government Procurement and Competition Division of the Secretariat of the WTO.

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5 Apr 2019 | News

Is WTO reform feasible? Lessons from political science research

A summary by Anvar Rahmetov of Prof. Manfred Elsig's speech at the 3 April Trade Lecture Sessions @ the WTO, organized by the Embassy of Israel in Switzerland.

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5 Apr 2019 | News

Chinese investors: underestimated fears, unsustainable economic policy

Prof. Damian Raess' article "Die Ängste vor chinesischen Investoren werden unterschätzt" was published online in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ) on 3 April 2019.

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4 Apr 2019 | News

Updated Call for Papers: Biannual Symposium on Salient Issues in International Commercial Arbitration

The Center on International Commercial Arbitration is accepting submissions for its Biannual Symposium, which will be held on 14 November 2019 at the American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C.

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3 Apr 2019 | Event

Small is Beautiful: What does the current special and differential treatment discussion mean for small states?

Matthew Wilson, Chief of Staff and Chief Adviser to the Executive Director, International Trade Centre (ITC), delivered a Global Economic Governance Seminar Series lecture. His PowerPoint presentation is now available.

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2 Apr 2019 | Event

International Economic Law and National Policies to Address Climate Change?

This guest lecture by Dr. Ilaria Espa took place in the context of the course on International Economic Law and the Pursuit of Core Societal Values.

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28 Mar 2019 | Event

How Does WTO Dispute Settlement Really Work?

This guest lecture by Dr. Christian Häberli, Senior Fellow at the WTI, took place in the context of the course on International Economic Dispute Resolution.

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26 Mar 2019 | Event

Loan conversions and currency mismatches: Undoing Swiss franc mortgage loans in Eastern Europe

A Brown Bag Seminar delivered by Dr. Pinar Yeşin, Economic Advisor at the Swiss National Bank and an Economics Lecturer at the University of Zurich.

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21 Mar 2019 | Event

Experiences with investors from China in the German industry: Results from an empirical study in 2017

A Brown Bag Seminar by Wolfgang Müller. This was the second of a two-part Brown Bag seminar on the topic of "The Political Economy of Chinese Investment in Europe".

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20 Mar 2019 | Event

New Developments in Services Trade II

Pierre Sauvé, Senior Trade Specialist in the Geneva office of the World Bank Group, delivered his second Global Economic Governance Seminar Series lecture on the topic of services trade.

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18 Mar 2019 | News

World Trade Forum 2019 Call for Papers

This Book Track - Call for Papers is on the topic of "International Economic Dispute Settlement: Demise or Transformation". Papers that are selected are expected to be published as part of an edited volume (World Trade Forum Series, Cambridge University Press).

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14 Mar 2019 | News

Recap: CLISEL conference

The conference on “Connecting environmental changes and human mobility as a way to draw new maps of knowledge” took place from 3–6 March 2019 at the Congress Centre Monte Verità, Ascona, Switzerland.

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11 Mar 2019 | Publication

The Demand-Side Politics of China’s Global Buying Spree: Individual Attitudes toward Chinese Inward FDI Flows in Comparative Perspective

WTI Working Paper 02/2019 by SNSF Professor Damian Raess investigates public opinion toward Chinese FDI inflows in Switzerland. Prof. Raess delivered a Brown Bag Seminar on 12 March at the WTI on the same topic.

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6 Mar 2019 | Event

Strengthening and Modernizing the WTO

Stephen de Boer, Canada's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the WTO, delivered a lecture to a full house at the WTI on Wednesday. His seminar was a part of the WTI's Global Economic Governance Seminar Series.

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5 Mar 2019 | News

WTI signs MoU with Amity University

Prof Peter Van den Bossche and Prof Gurinder Singh signed the MoU during the INBUSH ERA World Summit 2019 at Amity University India in February.

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15 Feb 2019 | Event

Coming up on 6 March: Strengthening and Modernizing the World Trade Organization

Stephen de Boer, Canada's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the WTO, delivered a lecture to a full house at the WTI on Wednesday. His seminar was a part of the WTI's Global Economic Governance Seminar Series.

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14 Feb 2019 | Publication

Adjudication of the GATT security clause: to be or not to be?

WTI Working Paper 3/2019 by Iryna Bogdanova discusses whether WTO tribunals have jurisdiction over the security clause and whether the clause is justiciable.

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7 Feb 2019 | News

WTI Conference on Dispute Settlement: Session transcripts to be released soon

Session transcripts from the WTI's 4 February 2019 conference "What Kind of Dispute Settlement for the WTO?" held at the WTO in Geneva will be released soon.

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4 Feb 2019 | News

Registration open for online CLISEL module

The March 1-15 online module “Climate Security. Training module on climate change, migration and security from the local authorities’ perspective” is intended for Italian authorities.

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21 Jan 2019 | Event

WTI Conference on 'What Kind of Dispute Settlement for the WTO?'

This conference is open to the public and will be held at the World Trade Organization in Geneva. It will feature presentations by academics, practitioners and government officials.

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14 Jan 2019 | Publication

The Return of the Home State to Investor-State Disputes: Bringing Back Diplomatic Protection?

This book, written by Rodrigo Polanco, was published by Cambridge University Press in December 2018. The abstract and book reviews are available here.

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10 Jan 2019 | News

Peter Van den Bossche honored at International Colloquium

The colloquium "Restoring Trust in Trade" was held at the Maastricht University Faculty of Law on 17 December 2018.

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7 Jan 2019 | News

Registration closes soon for the 2019-2020 MILE and TRAIL+ programmes and 2019 Winter Academy

Applications for the MILE and TRAIL+ (LL.M.) programmes are accepted until 31 January 2019. Winter Academy registration is also open, but closing soon. Apply today!

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1 Jan 2019 | News

17th Edition of the John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition

The 2019 JHJMCC (formerly EMC2) is based on a fictional case co-written by Rodrigo Polanco Lazo and MILE alumna Maria Corvaglia. Three current TRAIL+ students and one student from the University of Bern's Faculty of Law will participate in this year's competition.

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24 Dec 2018 | News

WTI Trade Winds Newsletter 4/2018

The final newsletter of 2018 features an introduction by Peter Van den Bossche, and is available on our website.

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19 Dec 2018 | News

Recap: Environmental Humanities Training School 2018

The CLISEL training school was an important contribution in the current debate on (multi-level) migration governance issues and brought together policy-makers, members of academia and media operators for a fruitful dialogue on these topical questions.

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14 Dec 2018 | Event

National security safeguards, trade wars and WTO dispute settlement in crisis.

This lecture by Lothar Ehring, Senior Expert in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Trade, was a part of the Global Economic Governance Seminar Series.

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12 Dec 2018 | News

TradeLawGuide: A valuable tool for students and researchers

The founder of TradeLawGuide.com spoke to students at the WTI about the website’s innovative tools for researching WTO law. MILE 19 student, Daniil Orlov, told us how the website will benefit him in his studies.

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11 Dec 2018 | Event

Global Economic Governance Seminar Series: China and the multilateral trading system

By Hong Zhao, Member of the WTO Appellate Body.

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7 Dec 2018 | News

Recap: TP1 Workshop

Panelists Anqi Wang and Sean Stacy gave their input regarding the 30 November TP1 Workshop, which featured a speech by Prof. Bart Kerremans on Transatlantic Trade Relations in the Trump Era: Will the 2018 Mid-Elections Make a Difference?

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6 Dec 2018 | News

CLISEL to train local authorities at upcoming Environmental Humanities Training School 2018

CLISEL will deliver a training module for local authorities on the topic of “Migration governance issues: Local authorities at the front line in times of climate change and security.”

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4 Dec 2018 | Event

Migration, Trade and the Global Economy

On 8 December, Prof. em. Thomas Cottier and Amanda Bisong (MILE 12 alumna) will present at this side event of the Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, which takes place in Marrakesh.

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3 Dec 2018 | Event

Global Economic Governance Seminar Series: Negotiation and decision- making in the WTO II

By Victor do Prado, Director of Council and TNC Division at the WTO. To see all of our past lectures in this series, please visit the Special Lectures section of our website, available under the Outreach tab.

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21 Nov 2018 | News

Recap: Conference on Big Data and Trade

by Clarence Siziba, WTI PhD researcher. The Conference on Big Data and Global Trade Law took place at the University of Lucerne, from 16-17 November 2018.

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20 Nov 2018 | Event

India and the Multilateral Trading System

By Ujal Singh Bhatia, Chairman of the WTO Appellate Body. This lecture was a part of the Global Economic Governance Seminar Series. This series is open to the public.

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16 Nov 2018 | Event

Data flows restrictions and GATS security exception

Brown Bag Seminar by Martina Francesca Ferracane

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13 Nov 2018 | Event

Switzerland and the multilateral trading system

This lecture by H.E. Didier Chambovey, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to WTO, was a part of the WTI's Global Economic Governance Seminar Series. These lectures are open to the public.

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7 Nov 2018 | Event

Thomas Graham (WTO Appellate Body): The US and the multilateral trading system

This lecture is a part of the Global Economic Governance Seminar Series and is open to the public.

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6 Nov 2018 | Event

Negotiation and decision-making in the WTO I

By Victor do Prado, Director of Council and TNC Division at the WTO. This lecture is open to the public.

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5 Nov 2018 | News

Learning That There Is No ‘Edge of the World’: The Pacific Islands, Climate Change and our Common Concern

Aylin Yildiz, doctoral candidate as a part of the CLI_M_CO2 project at the WTI, spent three months in Fiji and Samoa to investigate climate-induced migration.

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1 Nov 2018 | Event

Brown Bag Seminar by Marion Jansen and Olga Solleder: SME Competitiveness Outlook 2018: Business Ecosystems for the Digital Age

The second WTI Brown Bag Seminar of the fall semester will take place in the Silva Casa Auditorium.

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30 Oct 2018 | Event

Global Economic Governance Seminar Series Lecture 'Defending Development: The Politics of Developing Country Coalitions at the WTO'

By Shree Servansing, Member of the WTO Appellate Body

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29 Oct 2018 | News

WTI hosts mid-career training course for Indian government officials

For the second time, the WTI organised a mid-career training of officials from the Indian Trade Service, Ministry of Commerce and Industry of the Government of India, jointly with the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad.

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25 Oct 2018 | Event

Brown Bag Seminar on 1 November by Marion Jansen and Olga Solleder: SME Competitiveness Outlook 2018: Business Ecosystems for the Digital Age

The second WTI Brown Bag Seminar of the fall semester will take place in the Silva Casa Auditorium.

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23 Oct 2018 | News

Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to CH and LI kicks off Global Economic Governance Seminar Series

The 22 October lecture was the first in the 2018/2019 school year seminar series, which features lectures by Ambassadors, Appellate Body Members, professors and other experts in the field of international trade.

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16 Oct 2018 | News

The WTI's Global Economic Governance Seminar Series

This series features expert lecturers speaking on the topics of international trade, finance, development and more, and is open to the public.

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8 Oct 2018 | News

Interdisciplinary at its best: Rainbow trout, musicology and international trade

Sebastian Klotz, research fellow and doctoral candidate at the WTI, presented at the University of Bern event: “8x8’ – Young Researchers present”

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5 Oct 2018 | News

Privacy and Consumer Protection in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Rodrigo Polanco was on the panel of Session 82 at the World Trade Organization Public Forum 2018. The panel focused on personal data protection and AI.

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1 Oct 2018 | News

MILE alumnus and WTI research fellow becomes AIPPI Executive Director

Dr. Arno Hold accepted the appointment of Executive Director of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI). His appointment began 27 August 2018.

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27 Sep 2018 | Event

Press Release: World Trade Forum 2018

The WTF 2018 press release is now available. This year's forum takes place from 28-29 September at the European University Institute in Florence. Registration is still open.

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24 Sep 2018 | News

Class gets underway for the 2018-2019 MILE and TRAIL+ programmes

This year’s MILE and TRAIL+ students officially began their courses on 17 September, starting with Global Political Economy, International Economics and International Trade Regulation.

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20 Sep 2018 | News

Call for Applications: Environmental Humanities Training School 2018

The CLISEL training school focuses on "Loss, Damage and Mobility in the context of Climate Change", and takes place in Naples, Italy from 12-14 December.

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7 Sep 2018 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Diego Ures

MILE 7 alumnus, Diego Ures, tells the WTI about his current position as a partner at Sidera Consult and how the MILE benefited him in his career path.

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30 Aug 2018 | News

Book Launch at the WTO Public Forum

The official book launch of the Elgar Encyclopedia of International Economic Law will take place at the WTO Public Forum on October 4th, 2018 from 13.00-14.00 in the Atrium.

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21 Aug 2018 | Publication

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) episode features policy paper by Joseph Francois et al.

The policy paper was featured in Season 5, Episode 81 which aired on 19 August, 2018. The episode focused on US President Donald Trump’s trade war.

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16 Aug 2018 | Publication

New journal article: Labor Provisions in Trade Agreements (LABPTA): Introducing a New Dataset

The Article, by Damian Raess and Dora Sari, was published in Global Policy (Wiley Online Library) and is in free access until the end of September 2018.

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13 Aug 2018 | Publication

New journal article: Empirical estimates of the methane–income elasticity

By Octavio Fernández-Amador, Joseph Francois, Doris Oberdabernig and Patrick Tomberger, published in Economics Letters (Elsevier)

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3 Aug 2018 | Event

World Trade Forum 2018: Programme Released

The 2018 World Trade Forum will take place on 28 - 29 September at the EUI in Florence. This year's theme is 'Trade, Development and Sustainability'.

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24 Jul 2018 | News

Society of International Economic Law elects Peter Van den Bossche president

At its 2018 conference in Washington DC from 12 to 14 July, the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL) elected Peter Van den Bossche, Director of Studies at the World Trade Institute and professor of International Economic Law at the University of Bern, as its president for the next three …

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17 Jul 2018 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Consuelo Orihuela and Teresa Mera

Consuelo Orihuela and Teresa Mera, both from Peru, attended the MILE on consecutive years and graduated in 2005 and 2006 respectively. Both have gone on to serve in the Peruvian government. In this interview, they talk about their work and how the WTI helped them get to where they are …

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12 Jul 2018 | News

Trade Policy Under Brexit: Thomas Cottier’s interview with CIGI

In a filmed interview with the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), Thomas Cottier discusses Brexit and the WTO.

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10 Jul 2018 | Publication

New journal article: Encouraging Sustainable Foreign Investment to the LDCs: Options for Support

Co-written by Rodrigo Polanco and Americo Zampetti, published by the United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States.

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9 Jul 2018 | News

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.

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5 Jul 2018 | Publication

New book: The Pacific Alliance in a World of Preferential Trade Agreements - 2019

Edited by: Pierre Sauvé, Rodrigo Polanco Lazo, José Manuel Álvarez Zárate This book is part of the United Nations University Series on Regionalism. ABSTRACT: This volume focuses on one of the most innovative deep integration constructs, The Pacific Alliance, which aims at expanding the frontiers of trade and investment governance …

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3 Jul 2018 | News

Master’s programmes draw to a close

The teaching year for students on the 2017-2018 advanced master programmes at the WTI has officially ended with a closing ceremony at the University of Bern.

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27 Jun 2018 | News

WTI professor participates in EU free trade agreements workshop

Damian Raess, a faculty member and research project leader at the WTI, participated as a panellist in a workshop on 'The future of sustainable development chapters in EU free trade agreements' held in Brussels on 19 June.

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26 Jun 2018 | News

WTI alumna receives writing prize for LL.M. thesis at Harvard

Tetyana Payosova, a WTI alumna and researcher, has been awarded the Roger Fisher and Frank E. A. Sander Prize for her LL.M. thesis on ‘Mediation in the Future WTO Dispute Settlement Governance’ by the Harvard Law School in the United States.

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22 Jun 2018 | News

Common Concern conference showcases project conclusions

The WTI’s Common Concern project held a conference at the institute on 22 and 23 June to present its initial conclusions.

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20 Jun 2018 | News

Swiss embassy event marks Joint Academy in India

The Swiss embassy in Delhi marked the latest edition of the WTI-co-organised Joint Summer Academy in India by hosting a reception for participants during the second week. The embassy event was also attended by MILE alumni and other stakeholders.

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12 Jun 2018 | News

WTI doctoral researcher named one of Forbes 30 under 30

Marietta Angeli, a PhD candidate at the World Trade Institute, has been named by Forbes Magazine’s German edition as one of its 30 under 30 influential people in 2018 in the category Science and Health.

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1 Jun 2018 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Miguel Rodriguez Cuadros

A trade lawyer in the private sector, Miguel Rodriguez Cuadros has worked for a number of multinational companies in Switzerland and Germany since graduation. In this interview he traces his professional journey and talks about the challenges of the new era of globalisation.

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30 May 2018 | Publication

New journal article: Missing Investment Treaties

Journal article by Rodrigo Polanco, Valentino Desilvestro and Azernoosh Bazrafkan in Journal of International Economic Law

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8 May 2018 | News

WTI-supported Elsa Moot Court moves into final round

The 16th edition of the European Law Students’ Association (ELSA) moot court competition is heading into the final oral round, to be held at the World Trade Organization in Geneva from 19 to 24 June.

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4 May 2018 | News

Job opening: PhD candidate in Law

The WTI is currently recruiting a PhD candidate in Law to work on the research project “Switzerland’s Sustainability Footprint: Economic and Legal Challenges”, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).

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2 May 2018 | News

New DESTA dataset project launched

The World Trade Institute and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have launched a new collaborative project aimed at creating a dataset on global value chains (GVCs) in preferential trade agreements (PTAs).

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27 Apr 2018 | News

Canada puts the focus on progressive trade

Canada is following a new approach to trade policy that contributes to the government’s broader economic, social and environmental policy priorities.

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25 Apr 2018 | News

Qatar needs greater food security

WTI Fellow Christian Häberli attended a two-day inter-agency workshop in Doha (18-19 April 2018) to share knowledge and experiences on food security and sustainability in Qatar, which is subject to a trade boycott by its Gulf neighbours.

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18 Apr 2018 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Verona Collantes

A graduate of the second MILE intake, Verona Collantes advocates for gender equality and the empowerment of women in the climate change process and was a contributor to the Paris Agreement. She says the WTI master’s programme opened doors for her at the WTO and UN in Geneva paving the …

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4 Apr 2018 | News

Alumnus publishes book based on his PhD thesis

Karolis Gudas, who completed his PhD in law at the World Trade Institute last year, has published a book based on his research: The Law and Policy of International Trade in Electricity.

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28 Mar 2018 | News

World Trade Forum 2018 book project: Call for proposals

The World Trade Forum 2018 co-organised by the World Trade Institute will take place at the European University Institute Florence on 28 and 29 September. This year's topic is 'International Trade, Foreign Investment, and the Sustainable Development Agenda'.

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27 Mar 2018 | News

1st Swiss UN day hears call for countries to put common concerns first

Environmental change, trade wars and migration - the international community is currently facing huge challenges. Switzerland too, 15 years after it joined the United Nations, is challenged to consider its role and whether that includes being a bridge-builder to a better world.

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21 Mar 2018 | News

MILE graduate: scholarships enabled me to pursue an unpaid internship

Hiba Batool, a graduate of the 2017 MILE master’s programme, was the first recipient of two new WTI scholarships: the John Jackson Internship award (JJIF) and the World Bank Geneva Internship Programme award. She gave us this interview on completion of her six-month internship at the International Trade Centre, ITC, …

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16 Mar 2018 | News

Examining the geoeconomics of the 21st century

Michael Lind, co-founder and fellow of the think tank New America, gave a lecture at the WTI on 14 March focused on the geoeconomics of the 21st century and the prospects for global growth following the great recession of 2008-9.

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15 Mar 2018 | News

WTI researcher awarded prize for legal thesis

WTI associate researcher Charlotte Sieber-Gasser has been awarded the prestigious Walther Hug prize for her PhD thesis completed at the WTI.

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13 Mar 2018 | News

Trade Lecture on WTO dispute settlement held in Geneva

The second lecture in the Trade Lecture Sessions at the WTO series – on the subject of ‘The Future of WTO Dispute Settlement’ – took place on Friday 9 March at the World Trade Organization in Geneva.

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12 Mar 2018 | News

Protecting labour rights in PTAs: the role of trade unions (and more)

SNSF Professor Damian Raess has just published an article entitled “Protecting labor rights in PTAs: the role of trade unions, left governments, and skilled labor” (co-authored with Andreas Dür, and Dora Sari) in The Review of International Organizations (see abstract below).

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7 Mar 2018 | News

Policy brief: Proposed US tariffs on steel will cost five jobs for every one gained

If the United States goes ahead with applying tariffs on steel and aluminium imports a ripple effect will be felt throughout the economy, according to a policy paper by Joseph Francois, Managing Director of the World Trade Institute, and Laura M. Baughman, President of the Trade Partnership.

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16 Feb 2018 | News

Full house at Brown Bag seminar by Christian Häberli

With the experience and insights that only a panellist in 20 stages of five WTO dispute settlement cases can have, WTI Fellow Christian Häberli gave a Brown Bag lunch seminar at the WTI on 15 February on the topic: WTO Dispute Settlement: How Does it Really Work?

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16 Feb 2018 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Mohamad Fakhreddin

Mohamad Fakhreddin, a graduate of the MILE 15 intake, studied industrial engineering before changing tack to follow an interest in business and social entrepreneurship. After working at the International Trade Centre in Geneva, he is now studying for a doctorate in Germany. Mohamad had the opportunity to talk about his …

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14 Feb 2018 | News

Alumni represent WTI at Gujarat International Moot Court

The 10th edition of the Gujarat International Moot Court (GIMC) competition, of which the WTI has been a proud sponsor for nine years, took place at Gujarat National Law University (GNLU), India from 7 to 11 February.

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7 Feb 2018 | News

New look Summer Academy offers trade and investment tracks

The WTI’s annual Summer Academy to be held from 9 to 27 July this year follows a dual-track approach for the first time, offering courses on trade and sustainable development and also on investment topics.

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31 Jan 2018 | News

WTI and Ecuadorean university USFQ sign cooperation agreement

The World Trade Institute (WTI) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), Ecuador.

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26 Jan 2018 | News

Political scientist awarded PhD

Simon Wüthrich, a doctoral researcher in political science at the WTI since 2015, was awarded his PhD at a ceremony of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Bern on 23 January.

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10 Jan 2018 | News

Graduate presents at WTO Ministerial Conference

Rutendo Tavengerwei, a recent graduate of the MILE master’s programme, was invited to speak at a session on trade facilitation during the WTO’s 11th Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires in December.

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9 Jan 2018 | News

Opening up the northern sea route will “change the face of trade”

With the Arctic ice melting faster than ever before it is now just a matter of time until the northern sea route connecting Europe to Asia is open to shipping all year round.

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20 Dec 2017 | Publication

Labour clauses in trade agreements promote Southern exports to the North

A column co-written by Damian Raess in the influential research-based policy analysis and commentary portal VOX EU

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13 Dec 2017 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Marta Soprana

Trade policy advisor Marta Soprana first discovered the World Trade Institute through its Summer Academy and then went on to enrol on the MILE 11 programme. She has maintained a strong connection to the WTI as an enthusiastic mentor of MILE students. Now with her own business in Lugano, she …

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29 Nov 2017 | News

WTI launches new sustainability project

The WTI has won funding for a major new research project entitled, ‘Switzerland’s Sustainability Footprint: Economic and Legal Challenges’.

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28 Nov 2017 | News

DESTA wins award for best dataset

The Design of Trade Agreements (DESTA) research project has been named best dataset by the International Political Economy Society (IPES) for the year 2017.

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22 Nov 2017 | News

Rodrigo Polanco interviewed at PUCP

WTI faculty member and senior researcher Rodrigo Polanco recently returned from a teaching trip to Chile and Peru organised within the WTI-SECO programme. He gave courses in international investment law at the University of Chile’s Institute of International Studies and the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP). During his stay …

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21 Nov 2017 | News

Conference stresses role of migration in sustainable development

Professor Thomas Cottier and researcher Rosa Losada represented the World Trade Institute at a conference on migration and development held in Bern on 10 November.

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15 Nov 2017 | Publication

New book: Elgar Encyclopedia of International Economic Law

Edited by Thomas Cottier and Krista Nadakavukaren Schefer ABSTRACT: The Encyclopedia is the definitive reference work on international economic law. This comprehensive resource helps redefine the field by presenting international economic law in its broadest, real-world context. The book launch and Meet the Author for the Encyclopedia was held at …

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13 Nov 2017 | Event

Special Lecture: WTO Policy Space and Industrial Policy in Developing Countries

by Colette Van der Ven (Sidley Austin LPP)

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1 Nov 2017 | Event

Brown Bag seminar on 9 November: Iran's Accession to the World Trade Organization

Brown Bag Seminar by Sadeq Z. Bigdeli, member of the Law Faculty at Shahid Beheshti University (Tehran)

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25 Oct 2017 | Event

Special Lecture on 30 October: Global Economic Governance in Times of Anti-Globalisation and Economic Nationalism

by Arancha Gonzalez

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17 Oct 2017 | News

WTI professor makes presentation on migration at UN

Professor Elisa Fornalé of the WTI was invited to address a United Nations thematic session on migration in Geneva on 13 October.

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11 Oct 2017 | News

Visiting research fellow delivers inaugural lecture as professor of law

Pamela Andanda, a visiting research fellow at the WTI in 2011-12, delivered her inaugural lecture as professor of law at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, on 4 October.

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7 Oct 2017 | News

World Trade Forum gets to grips with trade policy in turbulent times

The annual World Trade Forum held on 6 and 7 October in Grindelwald, Switzerland marked the culmination of the 12-year WTI-hosted NCCR Trade Regulation research project.

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4 Oct 2017 | News

WTI alumni come together in Geneva

The WTO Public Forum, which took place at the end of September, provided an occasion for the latest gathering of WTI alumni.

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20 Sep 2017 | News

WTI Fellows take part in ASEAN forum in Bangkok

WTI Fellows Sufian Jusoh and Christian Häberli participated in the ASEAN Economic Integration Forum 2017 (AEIF 2017) held in Bangkok on 14 and 15 September and co-organised by the World Trade Institute.

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20 Sep 2017 | News

2017-18 graduate study programmes open

On 18 September the WTI held a ceremony to officially launch the 2017-2018 graduate studies programme and welcome new students to the institute.

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19 Sep 2017 | News

WTI participates in WTO Public Forum

Researchers from the World Trade Institute will be taking part in this year’s World Trade Organization Public Forum on the theme of ‘Trade behind the headlines’.

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15 Sep 2017 | News

US foreign policy under Trump: implications for Europe and global trade

The WTI was pleased to host a distinguished lecture by Dr James Lindsay, a leading authority on American foreign policy-making, on 14 September.

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11 Sep 2017 | News

Graduate study programmes set to open

On 18 September a ceremony will take place at the WTI to launch the 2017-2018 graduate study programmes.

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6 Sep 2017 | News

Interview with Summer Academy alumnus Gianluca Cicchiello

Lawyer Gianluca Cicchiello, a graduate of the 2016 Summer Academy on international trade regulation, shares his impressions of the course and talks about how it helped him in his work.

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28 Aug 2017 | News

Students give Summer Academy high marks

The 15th annual WTI Summer Academy – seven weeks of teaching on investment and trade law and policy – has drawn to a close.

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25 Aug 2017 | Publication

New book: The Law and Policy of the World Trade Organization - Text, Cases and Materials

This classic textbook by Peter Van den Bossche and Werner Zdouc was published in its fourth edition in July.

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22 Aug 2017 | News

"The middle class has not profited as much from increased integration in world markets"

WTI Deputy Managing Director Manfred Elsig was recently interviewed about globalisation, populism and the rise of civil society in the US. To watch the video, please click on the link below.

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16 Aug 2017 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Sergey Lakhno

Lawyer Sergey Lakhno, a graduate of the MILE 3 intake, has recently returned to the public sector after ten years with a major industrial company in Ukraine. Before that he was involved in preparing Ukraine for accession to the World Trade Organization. In this interview he talks about the role …

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31 Jul 2017 | News

New Transferable Skills Programme for PhD candidates and Postdocs at the University of Bern

As well as earning an academic qualification, i.e. the thesis, the goal of a PhD education at the University of Bern is to acquire transferable skills so as to prepare PhD candidates for a demanding position within or outside academia.

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25 Jul 2017 | News

WTI Lecturer Videos: Joseph Francois

Professor Francois gives a foretaste of his course on International Economics, which will be taught in the first semester of the Master of International Law and Economics (MILE) programme that opens on 18 September.

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11 Jul 2017 | News

Successful WTI-CWS Joint Academy held in India

The fourth edition of the WTI-CWS Joint Academy on International Trade Law and Policy took place from 5 to 30 June at the premises of the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) in New Delhi.

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10 Jul 2017 | News

15th Summer Academy gets underway

The fifteenth edition of the World Trade Institute Summer Academy on international law and economics is underway, bringing together government representatives, scholars and practitioners from around the world.

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5 Jul 2017 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Lerato Ntlopo

For MILE 10 graduate Lerato Ntlopo the MILE was a stepping stone to a career in international trade that has taken her from Geneva to Windhoek with various stops in between. In addition to her work with the Southern African Customs Union, she is undertaking a PhD in trade in …

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4 Jul 2017 | News

From fragmentation to coherence – 12 years on

The NCCR Trade Regulation hosted by the World Trade Institute comes to an end this year. The review panel visited the WTI on 26 June to make a final assessment of the project’s achievements over the past 12 years.

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28 Jun 2017 | News

Conference hears call to empower migrants

François Crépeau, UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, made a call for a principled response to migration challenges in a speech on populism and migration at the World Trade Institute on 22 June.

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26 Jun 2017 | News

A MILEstone in the lives of our students

The 17th Master of International Law and Economics (MILE) programme came to an official close on 23 June with a ceremony at the University of Bern attended by students and faculty members.

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21 Jun 2017 | News

MILE 17 class competes in WTO law moot court

Students in the MILE programme have taken part in the annual World Trade Organization (WTO) law moot court – this year held at WTO premises in Geneva.

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20 Jun 2017 | News

WTI hosts successful investment conference

The World Trade Institute (WTI) hosted a conference entitled 'Is a Multilateral Investment Treaty Needed?'on 19 June with the support of the World Economic Forum and the Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS). Transnational Dispute Management (TDM) was the media partner.

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18 Jun 2017 | News

WTI Director of Studies delivers talk at Swiss embassy reception

Peter Van den Bossche, Director of Studies at the WTI, delivered a trade lecture at a reception at the Swiss embassy in Delhi on 15 June, entitled The World Trade Organization in the Face of Anti-Globalisation and Economic Nationalism.

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12 Jun 2017 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Faisal Siddiqui

Faisal Siddiqui joined the MILE 3 programme with a degree in international relations and went on to build a career as a political officer with the United Nations. In this interview he outlines his career path and explains how the MILE helped him hone his professional skills.

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29 May 2017 | News

NCCR Global Series 11: Trump, Trade and Canada

The latest in the NCCR Global Series of events – a one-day academic workshop on 'Trade and Investment Law Challenges in the Trump Era: What is the role of Canada?' – was held at the University of Ottawa, Canada on 16 May.

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23 May 2017 | News

South African MILE alumni form network

The inaugural meeting of the South African MILE Alumni Network took place in the residence of the Swiss Ambassador to South Africa, Her Excellency Mrs Helene Budliger Artieda, in Pretoria on 11 May.

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15 May 2017 | News

Helping students reach their potential

Since 2015 the WTI has offered a mentoring project for MILE students. Students taking up the offer are matched up with a specially selected member of the MILE alumni who takes them under their wing and helps them to establish themselves professionally.

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8 May 2017 | News

Looking ahead to the WTI Summer Academy

Applications are still being accepted for the World Trade Institute’s 15th annual Summer Academy on trade and investment to be held from 3 July to 25 August 2017.

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3 May 2017 | News

“There was a need for guidance and career advice”

Sascha Finger, who along with Corinne Karlaganis has responsibility for alumni within the WTI communications team, answers questions about the MILE mentorship programme that is now in its third year, in the first of two interviews about student mentoring at the WTI.

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3 May 2017 | Publication

Brexit: agriculture report published

WTI Senior Fellow Christian Häberli contributed evidence towards a UK parliamentary report on the consequences of Brexit for agriculture.

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1 May 2017 | News

CLISEL holds project workshop on 'Migration as adaptation?'

The third event in the CLISEL workshop series on climate change, migration, security: the role of city councils took place on Friday, 21 April at the University of Cagliari, Italy.

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25 Apr 2017 | News

Karolis Gudas awarded a PhD from the WTI

Karolis Gudas, a national of Lithuania who enrolled on the WTI PhD programme in 2014, successfully defended his thesis in Bern on 15 March. In this interview Karolis, who had previously studied law in Vilnius, London and Reykjavik, tells us about his thesis topic and his experience of studying at …

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20 Apr 2017 | News

Global Series No.10: Workshop on new regionalism

The NCCR Trade Regulation and McGill University, Canada, held a workshop on ‘New Regionalism 2.0: The Shifting Horizon of Preferential Liberalization’ in Montreal on 19 April.

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13 Apr 2017 | News

WTI-sponsored ELSA Moot Court heads towards final round

The last regional round of the 15th European Law Students’ Association (ELSA) moot court competition, held in Grahamstown, South Africa, came to a close on 13 April. The final oral round will take place in Geneva in June.

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12 Apr 2017 | News

WTI Lecturer Videos: Pierre Sauvé

Member of external faculty Pierre Sauvé presents his course on Trade in Services in the latest in the WTI's new Lecturer Video Series.

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10 Apr 2017 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Nadia Vassos

Canadian Nadia Vassos, who graduated from the MILE programme five years ago, has since carved out a career in international trade policy. In this interview, she says the legal knowledge and negotiation skills she acquired on the MILE have proved particularly useful in her current role with the Canadian Competition …

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4 Apr 2017 | News

Successful export support project completed in Colombia

The WTI SECO programme provided funding for two short seminars for Colombian producers-exporters, industry representatives and government officials, which were held in Cali (22-24 March) and Bogotá (27-29 March) with the support of government export agency PROCOLOMBIA.

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28 Mar 2017 | News

Global Series No. 9: Workshop on Trade Agreements

The NCCR Trade Regulation and the Center of European Policy Studies (CEPS) organised a workshop on trade agreements and a public lunch lecture in Brussels on 27 March.

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22 Mar 2017 | News

New Lecturer Video Series

Professor Manfred Elsig presents his course on Global Political Economy in the latest in the WTI's new Lecturer Video Series.

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21 Mar 2017 | Publication

Adaptation of Agricultural Trade and Investment Rules to Climate Change

WTI Fellow Christian Häberli has contributed a chapter to the new Research Handbook on Climate Change and Agriculture Law published by Edward Elgar.

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15 Mar 2017 | News

WTI co-organises first ‘Trade Lecture’ at WTO

‘Bilateral and plurilateral agreements: Supporting or challenging the WTO?’ was the title of the first in the ‘Trade Lecture Series’ co-organised by the WTI and the Israeli Mission to the World Trade Organization, and held at the WTO in Geneva on 9 March.

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8 Mar 2017 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Xiaolu Zhu

Lawyer Xiaolu Zhu, a graduate of MILE 3, has been working in the WTO Appellate Body Secretariat since 2006 following a stint as an international legal consultant. She says the MILE programme kick-started her legal career by introducing her to the firm that would employ her upon graduation.

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7 Mar 2017 | Event

WTI investment conference: call for papers

The World Trade Institute (WTI) invites the submission of papers and abstracts for a conference entitled 'Is a Multilateral Investment Treaty Needed?'. The deadline for submitting abstracts is 1 April, and papers should submitted by 15 June 2017.

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27 Feb 2017 | News

WTI partners at WTO@20 Conference in Delhi

The final in a series of WTO@20 conferences taking stock of two decades of jurisprudential and key policy developments in the multilateral trading system and organised by the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization took place in Delhi, India, from 16 to 18 February.

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20 Feb 2017 | News

WTI delivers trade negotiation training in Nepal

The WTI - through its trainers Dr Koen Berden and Dr Christian Häberli – gave a three-day course in Nepal on 'Trade Negotiations with a focus on Multilateral, Regional and Bilateral Trade Negotiations' on 6-8 February.

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15 Feb 2017 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Susana Wong

MILE 13 graduate Susana Wong works as a university teacher, project manager and researcher on cross-border trade issues. A native of Costa Rica, she maintains close ties with Switzerland and hopes to start a PhD in Lausanne this year.

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13 Feb 2017 | News

WTI provides answers to British parliament Brexit inquiry

WTI Fellow Christian Häberli submitted written replies to the Brexit Inquiry at the House of Lords, the upper house of the British parliament, at the beginning of February.

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8 Feb 2017 | News

WTI represented at Gujarat moot court

Faculty member Rodrigo Polanco represented the World Trade Institute at the 9th GNLU International Moot Court Competition (GIMC) held in Gandhinagar on 1-5 February and involving around 50 teams from major law schools in India and abroad.

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7 Feb 2017 | News

Trump and the challenges to the multilateral trading system

'The United States, Europe, and China: Imminent Challenges to the Multilateral Trading System' was the subject of a distinguished lecture by Chad Bown, Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, DC and Research Fellow at CEPR in London at the World Trade Institute on 6 February.

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1 Feb 2017 | News

Azevedo stresses growing importance of services in world trade

Speaking at the launch of the ‘Research Handbook on Trade in Services’, co-edited by Pierre Sauvé of the World Trade Institute, World Trade Organization Director-General Roberto Azevêdo highlighted the increasing contribution of services to world trade.

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18 Jan 2017 | News

What Trump could mean for US foreign policy

How will President Trump shape United States foreign policy, in particular in regard to trade, finance and development aid? Just days before the 45th US president is sworn in, the World Trade Institute (WTI) of the University of Bern hosted a roundtable discussion to consider these questions.

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4 Jan 2017 | News

WTI takes part in Platform on International Energy Governance

The WTI has joined the newly created Platform on International Energy Governance that brings together leading world universities and research centres active in the field of international energy law and policy.

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21 Dec 2016 | News

SNIS project workshop takes stock of first year

The output of the first year of a Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS) collaborative project was discussed at a workshop held at the WTI at 9 December.

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14 Dec 2016 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Adriana Perez Gil Ochoa

A growing interest in international trade law, investment and dispute settlement led Adriana Perez Gil Ochoa to pursue a Master of International Law and Economics (MILE) at the WTI. Three years after graduating she is putting what she learned to use at the Mexican Trade Ministry. In an interview with …

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6 Dec 2016 | News

WTI partners with SIECA to train Central American stakeholders on trade facilitation

Pierre Sauvé, the WTI’s Director for Programme Development, taught on the opening day of a five-day course on ‘Challenges of Governance of Trade and Integration in Central America: Trade Facilitation’ held at the headquarters of the Secretariat for Economic Integration in Central America (SIECA) in Guatamala City, Guatemala, on 5 …

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29 Nov 2016 | News

"Being a member of the OECD means complying with a number of instruments and agreements"

The WTI's Director for Programme Development, Pierre Sauvé, is interviewed about what OECD membership would mean for Peru, and the challenges of the digital society, during a teaching visit to PUCP.

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23 Nov 2016 | News

WTO Appellate Body faces a ‘tsunami’ of cases

The current and future challenges facing the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization were the focus of a special lecture by its Chairman, Thomas R. Graham, at the WTO in Geneva on 22 November.

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11 Nov 2016 | News

WTI researcher wins 2016 International Geneva Award

Wolfgang Alschner, a postdoctoral researcher at the World Trade Institute (WTI), has been awarded this year's International Geneva Award of the Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS) for a paper published on the Transpacific Partnership Agreement.

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4 Nov 2016 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Harsh Hiroo Gursahani

A MILE 11 graduate, Harsh Hiroo Gursahani has carved out a role as a successful trade lawyer in India where he produces policy papers for the government and advises private clients on food law. The WTI spoke to Harsh on the sidelines of the World Trade Forum in Florence at …

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1 Nov 2016 | News

Open PhD position in Law

The WTI is offering a full-time doctoral position within the research project 'Framing Environmental Degradation, Human Mobility and Human Development as a Matter of Common Concern', funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

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28 Oct 2016 | News

Book Launch: International Investment Law in Latin America - Problems and Prospects

The University of Buenos Aires was the venue for the launch on 20 October of the bilingual volume ‘International Investment Law in Latin America: Problems and Prospects’ co-written and edited by WTI researcher and faculty member Rodrigo Polanco.

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20 Oct 2016 | Event

Podcast: Brown Bag seminar

Brown Bag seminar on 'Germany’s Interest in the WTO' by Ambassador Walter Hugo Werner, Head of the WTO Unit at the Permanent Mission of Germany in Geneva and Alternate Permanent Representative to the WTO.

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18 Oct 2016 | News

Ambassador Luzius Wasescha (1946-2016): Chair of the Board of Trustees of the World Trade Institute

A tribute to Luzius Wasescha, who has died aged 70, by former WTI Managing Director Thomas Cottier.

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12 Oct 2016 | News

"Obesity is almost a bigger problem than hunger"

WTI Senior Researcher Dr Häberli was interviewed during a teaching visit to PUCP, a partner in the SECO programme.

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11 Oct 2016 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Kholofelo Kugler

Kholofelo Kugler, a trained lawyer from South Africa and graduate of MILE 14, says the programme was a “natural next step” when she discovered an interest in international trade law. She now works at the ACWL in Geneva that gives advice and training to developing countries on World Trade Organization …

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11 Oct 2016 | News

New publication: Research Handbook on Trade in Services

An important new volume by Pierre Sauvé, Director of Program Development and faculty member at the World Trade Institute, has just been published by Edward Elgar in its “Research Handbook on the WTO” series.

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10 Oct 2016 | News

WTI researcher presents at international environmental tax conference

Dr Kateryna Holzer, a researcher with the NCCR Trade Regulation, participated in the 17th Global Conference on Environmental Taxation, held at the University of Groningen, Netherlands.

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30 Sep 2016 | News

MILE alumni hold annual gathering in Geneva

The WTI MILE alumni held their annual meeting at the WTI Advisors offices in Geneva on the evening of 28 September on the sidelines of the WTO Public Forum.

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28 Sep 2016 | News

Doctoral programme academic year gets underway

The academic year 2016-2017 began for the 21 doctoral students enrolled at the WTI on 27 September.

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27 Sep 2016 | News

Alumni converge on Geneva for WTO Public Forum

The World Trade Organization (WTO) flagship event, the Public Forum, is underway in Geneva. On the theme of ‘Inclusive Trade’, discussions are being given over to how WTO rules can help everyone benefit from trade.

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23 Sep 2016 | News

World Trade Forum 2016 draws to a close

'Behind-the-Border Policies and Global Trade' was the theme of the World Trade Forum 2016 that took place from 23 to 24 September at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy.

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21 Sep 2016 | News

Starting a journey of learning and discovery

Students participating in the 17th Master of International Law and Economics (MILE) master’s programme received a warm welcome to the World Trade Institute at an opening ceremony on 16 September.

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20 Sep 2016 | News

WTI researcher lectures in China

NCCR Trade Regulation researcher Ilaria Espa delivered four lectures at Renmin University of China Law School, Beijing, and Nankai University School of Law, Tianjin, from 12 to 16 September.

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14 Sep 2016 | News

“Even world-class programmes need to evolve”

Peter Van den Bossche assumed the post of Director of Studies at the World Trade Institute on 1 July. Here he talks about his association with the WTI, the benefits of studying at the Institute, and the need to adapt courses to changing times.

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13 Sep 2016 | Event

Don't miss the MILE opening ceremony on 16 September!

The Master of International Law and Economics (MILE) programme starts up again on 16 September. All staff and alumni are invited to an official reception at the WTI to welcome the MILE 17 intake. A word of welcome will be given by new Director of Studies, Professor Peter Van den …

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13 Sep 2016 | Event

World Trade Forum 2016

The World Trade Forum is an annual conference on a trade topic co-organised by the WTI. 'Behind-the-Border Policies and Global Trade' is the theme of this year's Forum that will take place from 23 to 24 September at the Robert Schuman Centre of the European University Institute, Florence, Italy.

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12 Sep 2016 | News

WTI project team organise a conference on sustainable employment

The WTI team involved in the r4d project ‘Employment Effects of Different Development Policy Instruments’ held their first conference at the World Trade Institute on 3 September, with participants from Switzerland, Ghana, South Africa and Ethiopia.

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6 Sep 2016 | News

What will it take for ASEAN to achieve full economic integration?

The ASEAN Economic Integration Forum (AEIF) 2016, of which the WTI is a knowledge partner, will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 14-15 September 2016.

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2 Sep 2016 | News

Why trade tensions between China and the US/EU are rising

Ilaria Espa has published an article on the new raw materials dispute that threatens to revive trade tensions between China and the United States and European Union.

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31 Aug 2016 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Thalis Andrade

Thalis Andrade, a graduate of the MILE 14 intake, is a trained lawyer who works in foreign trade analysis for the Brazilian government and also lectures on international trade law. He says the MILE programme allowed him to realise a dream of living abroad while studying a subject he loves.

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24 Aug 2016 | News

Don’t miss the date for Doctoral School early admission

If you are a Master’s-level graduate in economics, political science and law and want to embark on a PhD, the WTI could be the place for you.

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9 Aug 2016 | News

New book by WTI researcher addresses preferential services trade

‘Developing Countries and Preferential Services Trade’ is the title of a new book by WTI postdoctoral researcher Charlotte Sieber-Gasser published by Cambridge University Press.

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29 Jul 2016 | News

MILE alumni take part in Joint Academy in India

The third Joint Academy on International Trade Law and Policy co-organised by the WTI this year involved two graduates of the Master of International Law and Economics (MILE) programme.

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27 Jul 2016 | News

WTI contributes to frontier research on innovation and internationalisation of services in Latin America

Innovation and internationalisation in services are key drivers of structural transformation, productivity growth and overall economic performance in Latin America, as a new book, co-edited by Pierre Sauvé, the WTI’s Director for Programme Development and a MILE faculty member, shows.

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8 Jul 2016 | News

Opening for two paid PhD positions at the WTI

The WTI is offering the opportunity to two political science graduates to join a new research project on globalisation as PhD candidates. The successful applicants will be involved in the “BRICs Globalization and Labor Protections in Advanced and Emerging Economics” project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. The initial …

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1 Jul 2016 | News

NCCR Trade Regulation showcased at WTO workshop in Costa Rica

WTI faculty and researchers took part in the Advanced Workshop of the World Trade Organization (WTO) held in San Jose, Costa Rica, from 20 to 24 June at which NCCR research was highlighted.

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24 Jun 2016 | News

WTI lands prestigious European research project

The World Trade Institute (WTI) has won sought-after European Union financial backing for a project examining the role of local authorities in tackling climate change.

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21 Jun 2016 | News

WTI-sponsored ELSA moot court final round held in Geneva

Between 7 and 12 June the Final Oral Round of the 14th ELSA Moot Court Competition on WTO Law took place in Geneva with WTI researchers and alumni serving as panellists.

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15 Jun 2016 | News

Beyond sanctions: responding to the Ukraine-Russia conflict

Steven Pifer, who spent 25 years with the US State department and served as ambassador to Ukraine from 1998 to 2000, delivered a distinguished lecture at the WTI on 14 June on the West’s response to the conflict between Ukraine and Russia.

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10 Jun 2016 | News

WTI completes core academic team

The WTI is pleased to announce the arrival of new professors in the coming months to enhance the Institute’s teaching offer and complete its core group of academic staff.

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7 Jun 2016 | News

WTI hosts migration and human rights workshop

Professor François Crépeau, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, was the key speaker at a meeting of the Swiss Civil Society platform at the WTI on 2 June.

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7 Jun 2016 | News

Energy reForum conference attracts high-level participants

The Energy reForum 16 conference that took place on 2-3 June in Vilnius, with support from the WTI, brought together some 200 participants from the private sector, government and academia, including from the WTI and NCCR Trade Regulation research project.

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7 Jun 2016 | News

WTI researchers participate in LASA jubilee conference

The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) celebrated its 50th anniversary with a conference held from 27 to 30 May in New York. Three WTI researchers were part of the conference programme that brought together academics, scholars and political figures.

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31 May 2016 | News

Protecting the oceans against plastic pollution

Sustainability – whether in the use of raw materials, or in the areas of food and agriculture, climate and water – is central to a number of research projects conducted at the WTI. Sustainability in law is a particular focus. An interview with Judith Wehrli, who is researching the legal …

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25 May 2016 | News

'Making the Commodity Sector Work for Developing Countries'

Switzerland occupies an important position in the global trade of hard and soft commodities. Companies headquartered within its borders directly or indirectly shape commodity extraction practices around the world, some of which carry considerable negative environmental and social risks on the ground, particularly in fragile contexts. Minimising these risks and …

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18 May 2016 | News

MILE graduate to speak on economic integration in Central America

Former MILE student Javier A. Gutiérrez will return to the WTI on 27 May to give a Brown Bag seminar on the challenges and opportunities for Central America as it heads in the direction of economic integration.

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17 May 2016 | News

WTI researchers participate in Commons in a Glocal World conference

Three WTI researchers took part in the regional conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) at the University of Bern from 10 to 13 May.

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13 May 2016 | News

WTI takes part in trade and environment workshop

WTI senior researcher Ilaria Espa presented at a workshop on ‘Trade and Environment: Positive Integration in the EU and the WTO’ at Ruhr Universität Bochum, Germany, on 9-10 May.

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4 May 2016 | News

WTI presents study on EU-India trade pact

The World Trade Institute (WTI) co-organised a discussion on the impact of a potential EU-India bilateral trade and investment agreement in New Delhi on 22 April.

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3 May 2016 | News

WTI researcher presents at International Conference in Milan

Ilaria Espa took part in the “What Energy Union” international conference at Bocconi University, Milan, on 29-30 April.

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26 Apr 2016 | News

Tomorrow’s Silk Road: Assessing an EU-China Free Trade Agreement

A team from the WTI, led by Prof. Joseph Francois, has contributed towards an independent analysis of a possible EU-China free trade area (FTA). The study was commissioned by the Foreign Trade Association and carried out by the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS).

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26 Apr 2016 | News

WTI researcher presents at commodities and development meeting in Geneva

Dr Ilaria Espa was a panellist and presented a paper at the eighth session of the Multi-year Expert Meeting on Commodities and Development held at UNCTAD, Geneva, on 21-22 April.

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25 Apr 2016 | News

International forum to discuss EU energy developments

An international energy forum co-organised by the World Trade Institute (WTI) will be held in Vilnius, Lithuania on 2-3 June.

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22 Apr 2016 | News

Secure your place on the WTI Summer Academy

Enrolment is underway for the World Trade Institute’s 14th annual Summer Academy on trade and investment to be held from 4 July to 5 August 2016.

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5 Apr 2016 | News

What will TTIP mean for the UK?

Dr Koen Berden, Director of Outreach at the World Trade Institute, presented the "TTIP and the EU Member States” study at a Euractiv-organised panel in London on 24 March.

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4 Apr 2016 | News

Rosa Losada elected to Swiss migration platform

WTI researcher Rosa Losada has been elected to serve on the Swiss Civil Society Platform on Migration and Development (mdplatform).

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29 Mar 2016 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Marina Foltea

MILE 4 graduate Marina Foltea talks about her journey from Moldova to Switzerland, where she has set up her own international trade and investment law advisory service, Trade Pacts, and shares advice with current students on the graduate programme.

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11 Mar 2016 | News

Gujarat International Moot Court held with WTI support

The WTI-sponsored annual Gujarat International Moot Court (GIMC) Competition has taken place for the eighth time at Gujarat National Law University, India.

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2 Mar 2016 | News

WTI awarded 2 new SNSF professorships

The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) has awarded 40 new professorships to outstanding young researchers. Thirteen of these went to the University of Bern, including two to the World Trade Institute (WTI).

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1 Mar 2016 | News

Koen Berden presents TTIP study and represents WTI at Ideas Lab

Dr Koen Berden, Director of Outreach at the World Trade Institute, presented the "TTIP and the EU Member States” study at the French representation of the European Parliament in Paris on 17 February.

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24 Feb 2016 | Publication

Switzerland and the Commodities Trade - Taking Stock and Looking Ahead

A new factsheet of the World Trade Institute and Centre for Development and Environment of the University of Bern outlines key challenges, knowledge gaps, and research questions centring on Switzerland’s role and potential responsibility as a leading commodity hub.

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23 Feb 2016 | News

WTI researcher participates in E15 Initiative briefing at WTO in Geneva

Ilaria Espa took part in the E15 general briefing held at the World Trade Organization, Geneva, on 23 February as a member of the E15 task force on Rethinking International Subsidies Disciplines and of the expert group on Extractive Industries of the E15 Initiative.

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22 Feb 2016 | News

Ilaria Espa presents paper at University of Leuven international conference

WTI researcher Dr Ilaria Espa participated in the International Conference on Global Public Goods, Global Commons and Democracy: Interdisciplinary Perspectives organised by the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies at the Irish Institute, Leuven, on 22-23 February.

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9 Feb 2016 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Aray Kassabekova

MILE 5 graduate Aray Kassabekova is one of several WTI alumni in Kazakhstan to have been involved in their country’s accession to the WTO on 30 November 2015. She tells the WTI how the MILE programme equipped her for the arduous work in store.

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5 Feb 2016 | News

Prof. Cottier gives signature lecture at CIGI in Ontario

Thomas Cottier, Emeritus Professor of Law and Senior Researcher at the WTI, has returned from a visit to Canada where he taught at the University of Ottawa and gave a signature lecture at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) in Ontario.

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27 Jan 2016 | News

WTI study: TTIP to bring benefits to EU

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is expected to deliver a range of economic and social benefits for EU citizens and businesses, a study by the World Trade Institute (WTI) of the University of Bern has found.

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26 Jan 2016 | News

WTI reflections on multilateral governance showcased at Davos

Contributions from a number of WTI faculty members were made public at the World Economic Forum's Annual Conference in Davos, Switzerland. Contributors included Pierre Sauvé, Manfred Elsig, Mira Burri, Thomas Cottier, Ilaria Espa and several members of external faculty as well as alumni Yulia Selivanova and Marta Soprana.

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20 Jan 2016 | News

WTI takes part in first Spirit of Bern

The Spirit of Bern – a new platform for dialogue – held its inaugural meeting in Bern on 18 January.

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13 Jan 2016 | News

Digital trade poses dilemmas for regulators

A condensed version of an article by Mira Burri in German - Digitaler Handel stürzt Regulatoren ins Dilemma – published in the University of Bern magazine, Unipress

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6 Jan 2016 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Eugene Skrynnyk

Eugene Skrynnyk, a graduate of MILE 6, outlines his professional path in the private sector post WTI – from Ernst & Young (EY) to UBS and now Geneva Management Group – via Switzerland and Africa.

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5 Jan 2016 | Event

The Spirit of Bern

All about harnessing the power of dialogue for bringing about positive change in society, the Spirit of Bern is a new platform involving experts from the worlds of economics, science and politics. The inaugural public meeting will be held in Bern on 18 January and features presentations by WTI faculty …

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18 Dec 2015 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Olga Nartova

Olga Nartova, a Russian lawyer and graduate of MILE 4, returned to the World Trade Institute as a research fellow in 2007 working on trade and climate change within the NCCR Trade Regulation after completing her doctorate. From the WTI she moved on to Dar Al-Hekma University in Jeddah, Saudi …

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15 Dec 2015 | News

Training for the Malaysian Treasury on impact assessment of trade agreements

As a part of the WTI’s SECO collaboration, WTI Senior Research Fellow Anirudh Shingal delivered a training on assessing the impact of trade agreements at the request of the Malaysian Treasury in Putrajaya on 8-10 December. The training was facilitated by Pierre Sauvé and WTI External Fellow Sufian Jusoh.

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8 Dec 2015 | News

Prof Elsig visits Foreign Trade University of Vietnam

Deputy Managing Director of the WTI Prof Manfred Elsig recently returned from Vietnam where he paid a visit to the Foreign Trade University (FTU) in Hanoi, one of the WTI’s partners in the SECO academic cooperation project and taught a four-day course on Global Political Economy.

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4 Dec 2015 | News

Estimating the impact of Commonwealth membership on trade

WTI Senior Research Fellow Anirudh Shingal contributed to the Commonwealth Secretariat’s flagship publication on trade that was released in Malta last month.

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27 Nov 2015 | News

NCCR researcher presents at TRAPCA conference

Dr Kateryna Holzer, an NCCR post-doctoral fellow, presented a paper at the 10th annual conference of the Trade Policy Training Centre in Africa (TRAPCA), held in Arusha, Tanzania, on 19-20 November.

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25 Nov 2015 | News

WTI co-hosts Pacific Alliance conference in Bogotá

“The Pacific Alliance in a World of Preferential Trade Agreements - Lessons in Comparative Regionalism” was the title of an international conference held on November 19 and 20 at the Universidad Externado, Bogotá, Colombia. The event was co-hosted by the WTI, Universidad Externado, and SECO project partners Pontifical Catholic University …

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24 Nov 2015 | News

WTI plays role in inaugural ASEAN Economic Integration Forum

The inaugural ASEAN Economic Integration Forum jointly organised by the Asian Studies Centre, St. Antony’s College; the World Trade Institute, University of Bern (WTI); and the Institute of Malaysian and International Studies, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (IKMAS) took place on 10 November at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford. This initiative, …

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24 Nov 2015 | News

Senior researcher delivers training in Sri Lanka

WTI Senior Research Fellow Anirudh Shingal conducted a regional training workshop in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on 16-21 November in the framework of a UK Trade Advocacy Fund (TAF) project aimed at enhancing capacities for trade in services, policy-making and negotiations.

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23 Nov 2015 | News

WTI managing director discusses WTO Annual Report

The World Trade Organization released its flagship World Trade Report on 26 October in Geneva. Professor Joseph Francois of the WTI acted as discussant.

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20 Nov 2015 | News

‘Timely’ lecture examines trade and investment rules' impact on climate action

Just a few weeks before the Climate Summit (COP21, Paris) and the Tenth WTO Ministerial Meeting in Nairobi, a guest lecture by WTI Senior Researcher Christian Häberli at Warwick University (UK) was welcomed by participants as most timely and to the point.

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13 Nov 2015 | News

Arun Kumar brings ‘good news’ from US on innovative investments

The World Trade Institute was pleased to host the Director General of the US and Foreign Commercial Service on 12 November during his visit to Switzerland aimed at supporting and encouraging the deepening of the “robust commercial partnership” between the two countries.

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12 Nov 2015 | News

RIP John H. Jackson

It is with profound sadness that we learnt that John Jackson passed away on 7 November 2015. Professor Jackson was a friend of the institute and a friend of current and past members of the WTI family. We will miss one of the founding fathers of International Economic Law. Our …

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4 Nov 2015 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Sainabou Taal

A former government trade economist in Gambia, Sainabou Taal embarked on the MILE programme in 2011 to further her career in international trade policy development. In this interview she talks about how an internship at the WTO was a springboard to her current role as a policy analyst specialised in …

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30 Oct 2015 | News

WTI researchers present at Latin American law conference

WTI researcher/lecturer Rodrigo Polanco and doctoral candidates Carolina Palma and Víctor Saco presented papers at the 3rd Biennial Conference of the Latin American Network of International Economic Law, held from 22 to 24 October at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) in Porto Alegre, Brazil – the …

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28 Oct 2015 | News

NCCR researcher Kateryna Holzer presents a paper at ASIL Research Forum

Dr. Kateryna Holzer, an NCCR post-doctoral fellow, presented a paper at the Fifth Annual American Society of International Law (ASIL) Research Forum held at the American University College of Law in Washington D.C. on October 23-24, 2015

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27 Oct 2015 | News

Doctoral conference explores theme of intergenerational justice

A conference on intergenerational justice – the second in the WTI Doctoral Programme Conference Series - took place on 9 October 2015 to discuss different conceptions of intergenerational justice and distilling concrete institutional and policy mechanisms to ensure greater coherence in this area.

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23 Oct 2015 | News

Thomas Cottier addresses Singapore-WTO policy meeting

Professor Thomas Cottier, senior research fellow and former WTI managing director, was invited to speak at the 3rd Singapore WTO Trade Policy Dialogue on 19-20 October on the topic of “The WTO: 20 Years and Beyond”.

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21 Oct 2015 | News

WTI researcher addresses climate change and agriculture in Africa

WTI senior researcher Christian Häberli presented his NCCR Trade research on the shortcomings of the present trade and investment regulatory framework at a joint seminar at the School of Law and Business of the University of Addis Ababa this week.

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16 Oct 2015 | News

r4d researchers pay site visit to Ethiopia

WTI researchers on the Employment Project of the Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development (r4d) are conducting a four-day site visit to Ethiopia that includes a workshop and roundtable discussion at Addis Ababa University.

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13 Oct 2015 | News

WTI and Bocconi University stage food security conference

Food Security is the main theme of the World Expo 2015 taking place in Milan until the end of this month. WTI and Milan's Bocconi University picked up the theme at a second joint event they staged in the city on 7 October.

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2 Oct 2015 | News

Thomas Cottier addresses Singapore-WTO policy meeting

Professor Thomas Cottier, senior research fellow and former WTI managing director, was invited to speak at the 3rd Singapore WTO Trade Policy Dialogue on 19-20 October on the topic of “The WTO: 20 Years and Beyond”.

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30 Sep 2015 | News

WTI researcher presents on Peru-Agriculture case at WTO

WTI PhD candidate Carolina Palma participated as presenter and legal commentator in a discussion of the Peru-Agriculture case held at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva on 29 September. The event was organised by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), WTI Advisors and the government of …

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25 Sep 2015 | News

Successful World Trade Forum concludes

The 2015 World Trade Forum on the topic 20 Years of the WTO: Past Performance and Ongoing Challenges has drawn to a close after two days of lively discussion in Bern.

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24 Sep 2015 | News

Trade rules and the WTO: interview with Prof. Joseph Francois

The University of Bern online magazine Uniaktuell spoke to WTI Managing Director, Joseph Francois, ahead of this year’s World Trade Forum on ‘20 Years of the WTO’, which opens on 25 September. An English adaptation of the interview is reproduced here with kind permission.

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23 Sep 2015 | News

High-ranking Taiwanese delegation visits the WTI

A group of senior civil servants from Taiwan paid a visit to the WTI on 18 September for a one-day training programme on bilateral and multilateral trade agreements negotiation.

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16 Sep 2015 | News

WTI reaches out to agricultural policy-makers in Vietnam

For the first time, the WTI has held a policy discussion with the international team of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) as part of a SECO-sponsored academic cooperation project in Vietnam.

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15 Sep 2015 | News

The new MILE programme is underway

A new intake of students have arrived at the World Trade Institute to begin the first semester of the Master of International Law and Economics (MILE).

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26 Aug 2015 | News

World Trade Forum to assess WTO past and future

The WTI is preparing to host this year’s annual World Trade Forum on the topic of 20 Years of the WTO: Past Performance and Ongoing Challenges.

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11 Aug 2015 | News

Warm praise from students for Summer Academy experience

The 2015 Summer Academy on New Frontiers in Trade and Investment Governance, which wrapped up on 7 August, received good marks from participants.

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4 Aug 2015 | News

Indian Joint Academy goes from strength to strength

A new summer programme in trade law held in Delhi and organised jointly by the WTI and the Centre for WTO Studies of the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) has tapped into huge interest.

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31 Jul 2015 | News

WTI faculty advise Kazakhstan over WTO accession

Kazakhstan is set to become the 162nd member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) after the General Council approved membership terms on 27 July. The next step is ratification by Astana.

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29 Jul 2015 | News

The WTO at 20: achievements and challenges

What expectations and hopes lay behind the creation of the World Trade Organization, and 20 years on how have these been realised? The World Trade Forum to be held in Bern on 25-26 September will examine these questions and consider the future challenges facing the WTO.

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8 Jul 2015 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Subhashini Abeysinghe

MILE 10 graduate Subhashini Abeysinghe works for private think tank Verité Research in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo. A regular commentator on trade issues in Sri Lankan newspapers and on television, she was recently ranked 15th among young leaders below the age of 40 and 19th most powerful woman in …

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30 Jun 2015 | News

Reaching the end of another MILE

The 15th Master of International Law and Economics programme has come to an official end with a closing ceremony at the WTI on 27 June.

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26 Jun 2015 | News

WTI prepares to host 13th Summer Academy

The Summer Academy on International Trade Regulation – five week-long courses on cutting-edge issues in global economic governance – opens its doors to graduate students and practitioners on 6 July. The Academy runs until 8 August.

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19 Jun 2015 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Santanu Mukherjee

To mark the 15th anniversary of the Master of International Law and Economics (MILE) programme in 2015, we spoke to a graduate of the very first intake. Santanu Mukherjee is a senior attorney with Qualcomm's Legal & Government Affairs department in California, USA, and is based at the Gurgaon office …

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12 Jun 2015 | News

Open borders to migrants, urges UN migrants' rights rapporteur

François Crépeau, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, called on European countries to accept more refugees and economic migrants in a lecture at the World Trade Institute on 12 June entitled “A new approach to migration: Open the doors!”

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4 Jun 2015 | News

Second Joint Academy held in Delhi

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 taking place for the second time in Delhi. The four-week course at the IIFT runs from 25 May until 19 June …

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28 May 2015 | News

A Stocktaking of India’s Trade Policy: Past, Present and Future

A conference on India’s trade policy, past, present and future, jointly organised by the WTI and Jindal Global Law School, O.P. Jindal Global University has taken place in Delhi. It was attended by academics from leading institutions, senior policy makers, trade law practitioners, and representatives of civil society and private …

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22 May 2015 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Ricardo Guilherme

Ricardo Guilherme graduated from the MILE programme ten years ago. After a stint in Geneva he returned to Bern, taking up a legal position at the Universal Postal Union. The native of Brazil says MILE was invaluable to him in building up a professional network and progressing in his career.

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19 May 2015 | News

Nanotech materials – the role of liability and insurance

Commercial products containing synthetic nanomaterials may range from safe food additives to potentially explosive products. In some cases the risks to consumers are unclear because of a lack of long term test data.

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5 May 2015 | News

Swiss academia grapples with commodities and trade

On 21 April, a group of scholars and stakeholders discussed research gaps in the field of commodities and trade at an academic workshop. The event was co-hosted by the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) and the World Trade Institute (WTI) of the University of Bern and the Institute for …

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1 May 2015 | News

Is food security an issue for Switzerland?

Around the world the resources for agricultural production – soil, water, biodiversity - are under pressure as the population increases and climate change affects the poorest countries where a high percentage of income is spent on food. Poverty and increasing food prices are leading drivers of food insecurity.

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24 Apr 2015 | News

WTI-organised conference to examine achievements of the Pacific Alliance

PhD candidate and WTI/SECO researcher Rodrigo Polanco is organising a conference with WTI Director of External Programmes Pierre Sauvé on the achievements of the Pacific Alliance that came into being three years ago. It will be held in Colombia on 19-20 November.

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17 Apr 2015 | News

Doctoral students show a heart for sick kids

The WTI doctoral school has distributed toys to two organisations in western Switzerland providing support to children with neurodevelopmental disorders. A third delivery is destined for a foundation for the visually impaired. The toys were donated to the WTI by Waldmeier AG.

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8 Apr 2015 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Jian Guan

Since completing the MILE programme in 2012, lawyer Jian Guan has specialised in international trade law in China and is carving out a role as an expert in this area. While practising law in Beijing he is also working towards a PhD.

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27 Mar 2015 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Wase Musonge

Wase Musonge, a graduate of MILE 10, moved to Geneva from Cameroon in 2001 and has spent almost two decades focusing on trade and development issues including through her current work as a legal and economic affairs officer at the World Trade Organization. During her previous career she took a …

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24 Mar 2015 | News

WTI to host commodities and trade workshop

A workshop will take place at the WTI on 21 April on research gaps in the field of commodities and trade. The University of Bern Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) and the Institute for Business Ethics (IWE) of the University of St. Gallen are co-hosting the event.

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24 Mar 2015 | News

New handbook maps changing landscape of labour mobility

An authoritative new reference book on international labour migration, co-edited by Marion Panizzon and Elisa Fornalé of the WTI and Gottfried Zürcher, formerly of the Directorate for Migration Policy, Switzerland, has just been published by Palgrave Macmillan.

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18 Mar 2015 | News

Sun, snow and sport - the MILE 15 ski trip

A highlight of the second term of every MILE year is the few days spent enjoying winter sports and generally chilling out in the Swiss mountains. Jin Glover reports on the 2015 trip.

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6 Mar 2015 | News

WTI PhD researcher appointed full-time professor

Victor Saco, a PhD candidate at the World Trade Institute, this month takes up a full professorship at the law faculty of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP). Victor’s studies were sponsored by the WTI-SECO partnership which builds regional research capacities in a number of countries, including Peru. In …

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18 Feb 2015 | News

A MILE weekly course participant reports on his experience

Retired US lawyer Patrick Mears, who lives in Germany and is teaching a world trade law class, recently visited the WTI and attended a MILE programme weekly course. The following report was published on the World Association of International Studies (WAIS) Forum, and is reprinted with Patrick Mears' agreement.

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17 Feb 2015 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Iryna Polovets

MILE 12 graduate Iryna Polovets works as a dispute settlement lawyer at the WTO and at the same time is studying for a PhD at the WTI. She talks here about her professional journey from Odessa to Geneva, from maritime law to international trade.

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10 Feb 2015 | News

WTI-sponsored International Moot Court Competition held in Gujarat

The International Moot Court Competition at Gujarat National Law University, India, has taken place for the seventh year running with WTI support.

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4 Feb 2015 | News

Week-long migration event hosted with McGill University

The WTI is co-presenting a conference and seminar series on migration issues at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, from 16 to 20 February.

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27 Jan 2015 | News

Book your place on the 13th WTI Summer Academy!

Applications are now being accepted for the 13th annual Summer Academy on ‘New Frontiers in Trade and Investment Governance’, to be held at the World Trade Institute from 6 July to 7 August 2015.

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20 Jan 2015 | News

WTI researcher presents at international government procurement conference

WTI senior researcher and faculty member Anirudh Shingal presented the case of India at a recent conference on the internationalisation of government procurement regulation at the European University Institute in Florence.

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14 Jan 2015 | News

WTI faculty address trade and investment governance in India

On 9-11 January 2015, WTI faculty members Arthur Appleton (Appleton Luff) and Pierre Sauvé (WTI Director of External Programmes and Academic Partnerships) took part in the World Congress on International Law in New Delhi hosted by the Indian Society of International Law.

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9 Jan 2015 | News

From Bern to Brussels: a MILE student on the road to success

Lester-Jon Naidoo, who completed the MILE 14 programme, went straight from Bern to Brussels, where he works as a legal advisor for EU Regulatory and Trade Law Specialists, Grayston & Company law firm. After studying in South Africa and England he gained work experience in both countries and has a …

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7 Jan 2015 | News

New WTI book on investor-State arbitration

Edited by Shaheeza Lalani and Rodrigo Polanco, The Role of the State in Investor-State Arbitration is a collection of contributions from lawyers, arbitrators, economists and political scientists on the development of the concept of the “State” in a field that currently presents an increasing number of controversial disputes: investor-State arbitration.

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30 Dec 2014 | News

New MILE modules for the new year

Beginning on 5 January 2015, Term 2 of the Master of International Law and Economics programme will include one new and one reworked module.

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23 Dec 2014 | News

A memorable WTI visit to the children’s hospital in Bern

Professor Thomas Cottier and WTI staff from Canada, Peru, Chile, Switzerland, Vietnam, Zimbabwe, Germany and Romania visited the Bern University Hospital children’s clinic on 18 December to distribute gifts supplied by Waldmeier AG.

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16 Dec 2014 | News

Third WTI course taught in Brazil

Arthur Appleton of the WTI and Jan Bohanes of the Advisory Centre on WTO Law have just returned from a week in Brasilia where they co-taught a WTI course on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures for Brazilian government officials and private sector representatives.

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12 Dec 2014 | News

WTI co-hosts international investment agreements workshop

The I3: International Investment Initiative of the WTI co-hosted a very successful workshop on "The Political economy of International Investment Agreements", with the German Development Institute (Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik, DIE) at DIE’s offices in Bonn on 8-9 December.

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5 Dec 2014 | News

Former PhD doctoral candidate takes up senior lecturer post

Malebakeng Forere, who completed her doctorate last year within the SECO-WTI academic cooperation programme and returned to her native South Africa, took up a post as senior lecturer in law at the start of November. In this interview she talks about plans to publish her thesis, and the importance of …

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3 Dec 2014 | News

Food Security: Mapping Risks, Building Resilience

WTI senior researcher Christian Häberli was invited to present his views at the annual Food Security conference at Chatham House in London on 1-2 December.

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3 Dec 2014 | News

WTI elves spread Christmas cheer

A group of WTI staff and researchers will be visiting the children’s hospital in Bern on 18 December to perform a sketch and sing Christmas carols.

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26 Nov 2014 | News

Doctoral student awarded van Calker Scholarship

Lucia Satragno, a doctoral student under the supervision of Professor Thomas Cottier, has been awarded the prestigious van Calker Scholarship to conduct research in international monetary law at The Swiss Institute of Comparative Law in Lausanne.

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21 Nov 2014 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Agnė Sovaitė

MILE 11 graduate Agnė Sovaitė works for a law firm in Lithuania where she deals mainly with issues of European Union and local law. As Lithuania’s economy develops she is also required to give advice on the cross-border provision of services, and is grateful for the understanding of international trade …

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19 Nov 2014 | News

WTI researchers present papers at US law conference

A group of World Trade Institute researchers participated in the American Society of International Law (ASIL) International Economic Law Interest group (IEcLIG) 2014 Biennial Research conference in Denver (USA) on 13-15 November.

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14 Nov 2014 | News

Manfred Elsig addresses Europa Forum

The explosion in the number of preferential trade agreements (PTAs) since 1990, and the leading role of European countries in this trend, was a subject addressed this week by WTI Deputy Managing Director, Professor Manfred Elsig, at the autumn meeting of the Europa Forum in Lucerne.

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12 Nov 2014 | News

WTI researcher to take part in EU migration meeting

Rosa Maria Losada, a research fellow and PhD candidate at the WTI, has been invited to participate in a meeting of the European Union-funded regional project on migration in the Euro-Mediterranean area, EUROMED Migration III.

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7 Nov 2014 | News

WTI, Externado University agree on cooperation

The World Trade Institute (WTI) is pleased to announce its intention to promote academic and research cooperation with the Faculty of Law of the Externado University of Colombia under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) recently entered into by the two parties.

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31 Oct 2014 | News

Facing up to the challenges of climate-driven migration

From flooding in Bangladesh to drought in Kenya: in many parts of the world climate change is accelerating, destroying environments and prompting migratory flows. States are waking up to the challenges and considering how to respond to these movements of people – both internal and cross-border. A conference held at …

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28 Oct 2014 | News

WTI co-hosts international conference with SECO partners in Jakarta

In partnership with the Universitas Pelita Harapan (Jakarta) and the Foreign Trade University (Hanoi), several current researchers and alumni from the World Trade Institute and the NCCR Trade took part in two days of informed scholarship and stocktaking from the ASEAN region and beyond on the challenges, roadblocks and prospects …

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22 Oct 2014 | News

High-level Vietnamese delegation visits WTI

A delegation from the Vietnamese Ministry of Finance visited the WTI on 21 October during a week-long working visit to Switzerland.

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22 Oct 2014 | News

Christian Häberli addresses food security conference

How can the world feed its population – expected to grow to over eight billion over the next 20 years – when one person in eight is already experiencing hunger? The Academia Engelberg Dialogue on Science from 15 to 17 October discussed approaches to resolve this problem.

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21 Oct 2014 | News

WTI presence at World Investment Forum

There was a strong WTI presence at the biennial World Investment Forum held from 13 to 16 October in Geneva. The high-level event brings together different stakeholders to debate investment-related challenges in emerging economies.

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17 Oct 2014 | News

“The WTI offers us a different perspective”

The WTI has in recent months strengthened cooperation with Indian institutions and launched a new international trade law course in New Delhi. Partly as a result of this increased visibility, no fewer than five students from India are enrolled on this year’s Master of International Law and Economics (MILE). In …

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15 Oct 2014 | News

PhD Candidate presents food security paper at Granada conference

Carolina Palma, a trade lawyer and professor from Costa Rica who is doing her PhD at the World Trade Institute, presented a paper on multilevel governance of food security at an international conference in Granada, Spain on 10 October.

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14 Oct 2014 | News

Doctoral Programme stages annual retreat

Resident and non-resident PhD candidates have just returned from a two-day retreat, hosted by the MSB Montreux School of Business at Territet on Lake Geneva. The annual event provides an opportunity for participants to make a presentation on their thesis and receive feedback.

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7 Oct 2014 | News

Geneva alumni turn out in number for a social event

Around 70 alumni and current students on the MILE programme, along with WTI staff and faculty members, attended a social gathering in Geneva on 3 October – the main alumni event of the year.

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30 Sep 2014 | News

Green electricity and the international trade challenges

This year’s World Trade Forum, which ran from 26 to 27 September 2014 at the WTI, took as its theme “International Trade in Electricity and the Greening Economy”.

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29 Sep 2014 | News

The WTI continues and extends its cooperation with Brazilian trade agencies

Arthur Appleton and Christian Häberli, World Trade Institute faculty members, have delivered WTI’s second course in Brasilia - a Tailor-Made Training Course on the WTO SPS and TBT Agreements with Special Attention to the Implications for Brazil’s Trade in Agricultural Goods. Under a new agreement with the Brazilian authorities a …

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26 Sep 2014 | News

The Rule of Law in Monetary Affairs – a new World Trade Forum book

A new volume in the World Trade Forum series has just been published by Cambridge University Press. “The Rule of Law in Monetary Affairs”, is co-edited by Professor Thomas Cottier of the World Trade Institute.

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24 Sep 2014 | News

WTI I3 director takes part in African investment panel

On 19 September, Stephen Gelb, Director of I3: International Investment Initiative at WTI, participated in a panel in Geneva on the topic of “Catalysing investment for transformative growth in Africa”.

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16 Sep 2014 | News

New MILE intake welcomed to Bern

The new Master of International Law and Economics (MILE) programme is underway, with 28 students enrolled from 20 different countries. Classes began on the morning of 15 September with a two-day History of International Trade Regulation given by Professor Thomas Cottier.

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9 Sep 2014 | News

WTI hosts first Global Negotiation Conference

The inaugural Global Negotiation Conference took place on 3-5 September 2014 at the World Trade Institute. Twelve teams took part in a series of presentations on negotiation and climate change as well as a negotiation simulation modelled on the talks taking place to adopt a new international treaty to tackle …

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3 Sep 2014 | News

University of Bern opens its doors for Science Night

The World Trade Institute presented its work during Science Night, an interactive celebration of knowledge held by the University of Bern on 6 September from 4-12pm.

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15 Aug 2014 | News

Third IP Summer Programme staged in Hong Kong

This year‘s successful two-week Summer Programme on International Intellectual Property concluded on 8 August. Taking place at the CUHK Graduate Law Centre in the middle of Hong Kong’s financial district, it brought together 47 government representatives, academics and practitioners from 18 countries and five continents.

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13 Aug 2014 | News

A MILE Ahead for Fifteen Years

Faculty and staff at the World Trade Institute are preparing to welcome 30 students to the 15th year of the MILE programme. This year, there will be a stronger emphasis on the economics of trade, but law and global political economy will remain core elements of coursework.

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23 Jul 2014 | News

Doctoral choir sings for the local community

The WTI’s doctoral students proved they had more than one string to their bow when they gave a concert at the retirement home in Zollikofen, near Bern, in the middle of July.

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12 Jul 2014 | News

Successful SIEL global conference ends

The three-day conference of the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL) hosted by the World Trade Institute has drawn to a close with the final keynote address and the SIEL annual general meeting.

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10 Jul 2014 | News

SIEL 2014 Bern Global Conference

We are very excited to host the Global Conference of the Society of International Economic Law in Bern on 10-12 July 2014!

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10 Jul 2014 | News

WTI study reveals impact on Switzerland of planned EU-US mega trade deal

The World Trade Institute (WTI) has analysed the possible impact a trade and investment agreement between the EU and the USA would have on the Swiss economy and on Switzerland’s trade relations.

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10 Jul 2014 | News

The WTI hosts SIEL global conference

The biennial conference of the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL) is underway at the University of Bern, bringing together scholars and practitioners in the field.

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1 Jul 2014 | News

MILE 14 draws to a close with Moot Court

The closing ceremony for this year’s Master in International Law and Economics (MILE) programme took place at the WTI on 28 June, wrapping up nine months of studies.

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27 Jun 2014 | News

Visiting Fellows: Dr. Sofia Boza

Dr. Sofia Boza of the University of Chile has returned to the WTI where she spent several months in 2013 finding out more about the legal aspects of agriculture policy and trade issues as a researcher in the SECO-WTI academic partnership programme. Her current focus is on how WTO food …

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24 Jun 2014 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Arpit Bhutani

MILE 12 graduate Arpit Bhutani has been involved with the United Nations Forum on Sustainability Standards (UNFSS) since its conception and now serves as an UNFSS observer in India. He is passionate about protecting the environment, and believes the time to act is now.

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18 Jun 2014 | News

Focus on Research: Governing New Technologies

Who regulates the internet? At the recent NETmundial conference, organised by Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff in cooperation with the president of ICANN Fadi Chehadé, participants grappled with the highly contentious question of who governs the internet. Mira Burri, who is researching digital technologies within NCCR Trade Regulation work package 3, …

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6 Jun 2014 | News

First Joint Academy held in New Delhi

The first 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 underway in New Delhi. The four-week course at the IIFT runs from 26 May until 20 June 2014 and addresses …

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3 Jun 2014 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: The view from Brussels

Thomas Tzieropoulos, Elena Vyboldina and Mate Kander all found their way to Brussels after completing the MILE programme. In this joint interview they talk about the work they do there, and how they established an alumni group in the city.

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27 May 2014 | News

Former WTI researcher heads new Swiss-Serbian Chamber of Commerce

Ana Grujovic, a former visiting researcher at WTI, has been named as executive of the newly formed Swiss-Serbian Chamber of Commerce (SSCC), based in Belgrade.

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23 May 2014 | News

Linking up with WTI alumni

The WTI has developed a new strategy for an alumni network, linking graduates with each other and with the institute. Key aspects of this will be new regional groups and a mentoring programme.

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16 May 2014 | News

Geneva symposium considers post-Bali perspectives

The future of the multilateral trading system following the WTO Bali Ministerial Conference was the subject of a successful symposium held on 9 May in Geneva.

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13 May 2014 | News

WTI delivers training to Palestinian government and business leaders

Under a programme financed by the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and in cooperation with the Ministry of National Economy (MONE) of Palestine, the World Trade Institute (WTI) has just completed the first part of a comprehensive training course in Ramallah.

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30 Apr 2014 | News

Spotlight turned on migrants’ rights in the labour market

The World Trade Institute (WTI) hosted a day-long event on 28 April focusing on the rights of migrants with regard to labour, and looking at the specific case of Switzerland.

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29 Apr 2014 | News

Liberalising Trade in Services Through Preferential Trade Agreements

Services account for three quarters of GDP in many countries but less than a quarter of global trade owing to trade barriers. A new book co-edited by Pierre Sauvé and Anirudh Shingal of the WTI assesses recent evidence on services trade barriers, the extent to which preferential trade agreements liberalise …

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22 Apr 2014 | News

WTI event examines rights of migrants in the labour market

The World Trade Institute (WTI) is hosting a special day-long event on 28 April focusing on the rights of migrants with regard to labour, and looking at the specific case of Switzerland.

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16 Apr 2014 | News

WTI forges closer cooperation with Indian Institute of Foreign Trade

The World Trade Institute (WTI) and the Centre for WTO Studies (CWS) of the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade have signed a two-year Memorandum of Understanding setting up a joint educational venture.

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15 Apr 2014 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Javier Gutierrez

MILE 12 graduate Javier Gutierrez has a background in economics and trade law and worked for a time at the WTO in Geneva. A native of El Salvador, he is now back in Central America and working in an area close to his heart - regional economic integration.

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9 Apr 2014 | News

The role and rule of law in Asian integration

The ASEAN Charter adopted in 2007 established the legal and institutional framework of the political and economic organisation. In response, the Centre for International Law (CIL) at the National University of Singapore set up a project on ASEAN Integration Through Law: The ASEAN Way in a Comparative Context to examine …

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8 Apr 2014 | News

Making space for kids is child’s play at the WTI

With events organised throughout the year for children of researchers and staff, WTI is cultivating an image as a child-friendly employer.

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28 Mar 2014 | News

WTI participates in Sustainable University Day

On 28 March the University of Bern is hosting the first Swiss Sustainable University Day, an event organised by the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences. As part of WTI’s cooperation with the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), researchers Elisabeth Bürgi, Joëlle de Sépibus, Kateryna Holzer and Judith Wehrli …

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28 Mar 2014 | News

PhD Profile: The draw of interdisciplinary research

Clarence Siziba from Zimbabwe has recently arrived in Bern on a scholarship awarded under the academic partnership between the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and the World Trade Institute. He is excited to be doing his PhD at WTI where he especially values the skilled faculty members and …

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25 Mar 2014 | News

Joint Academy in New Delhi launches call for applications

The World Trade Institute and the Centre for WTO Studies, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, are pleased to announce the launch of the 1st WTI –CWS Joint Academy on International Trade Law and Policy ("Joint Academy") from May 26 – June 20, 2014 in New Delhi.

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14 Mar 2014 | News

On the rise: the growth of services value chains in Latin America

A new publication sponsored by the academic cooperation project of WTI and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) explores the recent growth of services value chains in Latin America and their policy and business determinants.

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11 Mar 2014 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Darius Rao

Darius Rao, a graduate of MILE 11, has carved out a career in international trade policy after earlier focusing on refugee law. The policy advisor with a not-for-profit organisation in Geneva tells us the background knowledge in WTO law he acquired on the MILE programme has been indispensable in his …

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4 Mar 2014 | News

Former WTI research fellow honoured for doctoral thesis

Marina Foltea, a former MILE student who went on to do her PhD under Professor Thomas Cottier, recently won a Swiss academic prize for her doctoral thesis. In this interview, the former trade lawyer with the government of Moldova talks about her research at WTI, the book she has published …

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28 Feb 2014 | News

WTI sponsors Gujarat International Moot Court Competition

Continuing a recent tradition, the WTI supported this year’s Gujarat International Moot Court, held from 5 to 9 February 2014 in Gandhinagar, India. The winning team was invited to attend WTI’s Summer Academy on International Trade Regulation.

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26 Feb 2014 | News

Counting the cost of the Swiss vote to tighten immigration

On 9 February 2014 Switzerland approved by a wafer-thin majority a rightwing initiative to impose quotas on European Union citizens coming to work in the country. The result not only involves a change to the constitution, it also raises questions about Switzerland’s future relations with the EU.

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25 Feb 2014 | News

WTI opens its doors to non-resident doctoral candidates

The World Trade Institute (WTI) welcomed Professor Thomas Cottier’s non-resident doctoral students in law to its Annual Doctoral Seminar in Bern on 21 and 22 February where 12 candidates delivered 45-minute presentations on their topics of research.

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11 Feb 2014 | News

New Faces at the WTI

2014 promises to be a year of change and challenge at the World Trade Institute. The third and final phase of the NCCR research project is underway and new staff and researchers are joining the team.

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5 Feb 2014 | News

Food Security after Bali

Agriculture and food security issues threatened to stymie progress in drafting multilateral trade rules at the Ninth World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference in Bali last December. Agreement on a package of measures was only reached after the clock had been stopped.

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5 Feb 2014 | News

Connecting to Global Markets: Challenges and Opportunities

In recent decades, trade flows have become increasingly global, with developing countries and emerging economies playing an ever-expanding role. However, these countries, and particularly the poorest among them, continue to face a number of constraints in connecting to global markets.

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28 Jan 2014 | News

WTI signs cooperation agreement with CDE

The World Trade Institute has entered into partnership with the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) - like WTI an interdisciplinary research centre of the University of Bern.

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28 Jan 2014 | News

Focus on research: Trade Governance

In the third phase of the NCCR Trade Regulation research continues within Work Package 1 into trade governance issues, including the spread of preferential trade agreements (PTAs). Government policies are strongly influenced by public opinion, so to understand trade regulation requires an understanding of public attitudes.

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18 Jan 2014 | News

A passage to India – with a focus on cooperation

WTI Managing Director Thomas Cottier has returned from a one-week visit to India. From 12-18 January Professor Cottier took part in high-level discussions in Delhi, Bangalore and Ahmedabad.

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15 Jan 2014 | News

MILE students put their skiing skills to the test

MILEs are back to the real world digging deep into Non-Discrimination with Gabrielle Marceau (WTO) and Lothar Ehring (European Commission) after having spent a splendid weekend in the Bernese mountains of Saanenland from 9-12 January.

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14 Jan 2014 | News

Study assesses development impact of Swiss DTAs

World Trade Institute (WTI) researchers Elisabeth Bürgi Bonanomi and Sathi Meyer‐Nandi have produced a study on Swiss policy regarding double taxation agreements (DTAs) with developing countries.

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18 Dec 2013 | News

“COFIT was a great discovery"

The World Trade Institute has a new researcher in the form of Ilaria Espa who has recently joined the Institute after completing a PhD in International Law and Economics in Milan. Ilaria will spend the next two years at the WTI on the COFIT fellowship programme.

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13 Dec 2013 | News

The nanotech challenge: bringing law into line with technology

New technologies pose problems when it comes to regulation. What was true of the invention of railways in the 19th century is equally true of nanotechnology in the 21st. The law has to play catch-up.

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10 Dec 2013 | News

Conference Grapples with Complex Issue of Internet Governance

The launch of the internet sparked a revolution in the way we communicate. But as it has developed, questions as to how it is governed at the global level have become more insistent.

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29 Nov 2013 | News

WTI steps up cooperation with Vietnam

World Trade Institute (WTI) faculty members have been paying regular visits to Hanoi under an academic cooperation project with the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).

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27 Nov 2013 | News

MILE alumni get together in Geneva

As the year draws to a close it’s time again for the World Trade Institute’s annual MILE Alumni Aperitif event, where graduates come together to exchange news over wine and snacks.

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11 Nov 2013 | News

WTI Delivers Training to the Russian Region of Samara

The government of Samara Region, in Russia’s industrial heartland, has developed an action plan for change in the wake of Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2012.

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8 Nov 2013 | News

Examining the Role of the State in Investor-State Arbitration

The World Trade Institute’s first-ever Doctoral Programme Conference, held on 8 November, took as its theme the concept of the “State” in the controversial area of investor-State arbitration.

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7 Nov 2013 | News

E-Book - Asian views of the upcoming WTO Ministerial Conference

The Road to Bali: ERIA Perspectives on the WTO Ministerial and Asian Integration

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5 Nov 2013 | News

MILE 14: Student Profile

Maria Moreno from Bogota, Colombia, finds time in her packed schedule of lectures and study to talk about life as a MILE 14 participant.

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22 Oct 2013 | News

WTI assists in delivering training across Pakistan

The World Trade Institute (WTI) is providing support to Pakistan as it prepares to update and implement a roadmap on the export of services. Three one-day training sessions relating to services trade took place across Pakistan in early October.

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15 Oct 2013 | News

High-level WTI participation in WTO Public Forum

The World Trade Organization (WTO) hosted its three-day Public Forum earlier this month with the focus on trade and innovation. WTI was represented by faculty members Thomas Cottier, Anirudh Shingal, Mira Burri and Arno Hold.

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14 Oct 2013 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Ravi Soopramanien

Ravi Soopramanien describes his career path from the MILE programme to the WTO – via Brussels and Tunis - and shares the key things he learned on the way.

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7 Oct 2013 | News

PhD Profile:Transferring knowledge from Bern to KwaZulu-Natal

Malebakeng Forere has just completed her doctorate under the academic partnership between the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and the World Trade Institute. Before returning to South Africa she shares her thoughts on her experiences at the WTI and her future plans.

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27 Sep 2013 | News

Taking stock of preferential trade agreements

The world has witnessed a sharp rise in bilateral and regional initiatives to regulate trade and investment relations in the past 10 years. New preferential deals between leading economies have been agreed or are in the pipeline, such as the US-EU Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

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16 Sep 2013 | News

WTI Delivers First Tailor-Made Course to Brazilian Government

Christian Häberli and Arthur Appleton, faculty members at the World Trade Institute, have delivered WTI’s first programme in Brazil, a “Training Course on Dispute Settlement for State Attorneys in Brazil”.

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13 Sep 2013 | News

Starting out on the next MILE

WTI’s Master of International Law and Economics (MILE) programme for 2013-2014 began on 9 September with 27 participants from 18 countries enrolled. Welcome to all our new students!

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9 Sep 2013 | News

International Accreditation for PITAD Trade Policy Curriculum

The WTI hosted a meeting in Bern on 3 September 2013 to mark its accreditation for graduate-level training modules developed by the Pakistan Institute of Trade and Development (PITAD). The event was attended by officials of PITAD, WTI and the International Trade Centre (ITC).

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2 Sep 2013 | News

MILE Alumni Profiles: Fernando Pierola

Fernando Pierola explains his role at the Advisory Centre on WTO Law and shares how the MILE Programme helped prepare him for the position.

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