Put a course under the Christmas Tree!
There is no better gift for your loved one, than the opportunity of further education.
There is no better gift for your loved one, than the opportunity of further education.
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.
Next April, learn about the contemporary landscape of global digital trade rulemaking. Here’s more info and the fully syllabus.
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.
Join the 4th and last Global Economic Governance seminar of this semester. Don't miss it!
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.
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".
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.
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
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)
WTI's visiting professor, Edwin Vermulst, won the "Trade & Customs Lawyer of the Year" Award.
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.
Join the 3rd Global Economic Governance seminar of this semester. Register today!
Sohyun Lee, from Queen’s University in Belfast, joins us at the WTI for the 3rd Brown Bag of fall 2023.
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?
Two intense weeks of lectures and speeches for Prof. Van den Bossche, WTI Director of Studies.
Christian Häberli, WTI Research Fellow, is appointed chair of the USMCA panel in Mexico – GE Corn.
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 …
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).
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 …
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.
Matias Margulis, Associate Professor at The University of British Columbia, joins us at the WTI for the 2nd Brown Bag of this series.
Learn more and watch the event live, starting tomorrow.
Today we publish the October report on the outcome of the project "Repairing Broken Food Trade Routes Ukraine – Africa”
Marc Steiner, Judge at the Swiss Federal Administrative Court, joins us at the WTI for the first Brown Bag of fall 2023.
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.
Delighted to share a new TESS report, offering guidance for governments and stakeholders. Among the authors, also our Director of Studies.
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!
The World Trade Institute is pleased to welcome back alumna Marina Foltea (MILE 4), now Founder and Managing Director at Trade Pacts (consulting firm).
Options for Addressing a Major Governance Failure of the World Trade Organization. WTI Working Paper No. 03/2023 by Prof Peter Van den Bossche
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.
Our latest Alumni Talks session unfolded on September 26, 2023, at the Silva Casa Auditorium, right here at the World Trade Institute in Bern.
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.
Induction week was a resounding success!
A cutting-edge PhD course on "Recent Developments in International Investment Law."
We are happy to announce the results of the elections of the second Executive Committee of the WTI Alumni Association (WTIAA).
The WTI is proud to see Prof. Van den Bossche nominated panelist for another WTO dispute case
... Natalie Sleeman, European Union Delegation to Switzerland and Liechtenstein!
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.
Dr Iryna Bogdanova from the WTI was a panellist at the European Central Bank Legal Conference 2023
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.
The WTI is actively present, this week, at the WTO Public Forum in Geneva: "It's time for action!"
Yet another important symposium, this time in Korea, for WTI's Director of Studies.
Calling all WTI Alumni in Geneva and surroundings: Join us on Wednesday, 13 September, during the WTO Public Forum for some drinks and networking.
The Global Economic Governance series is starting afresh this fall semester. The topic? The global environmental agenda and the international trading system. Register today!
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!
The World Trade Institute is pleased to welcome back alumna (MILE 7) Wakako Oshima from Japan
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!
WTI's Prof Elisa Fornalé will speak at the symposium. Title of her talk: "Recognition and Protection of Environmental Migrants: New Legal Challenges"
Meet the World Trade Institute, check out our new trailer.
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.
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
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.
Today we publish a new topical article on our LinkedIn blog. Check it out!
Vote for your representative at the WTIAA Executive Committee elections, simply online. Every vote counts!
Digital technology can provide much needed answers to questions surrounding technical barriers to trade and capacity of small businesses to navigate stringent requirements. But the shift toward cross-border paperless trade is laden with obstacles on legality and standardization. The global agricultural trade, with its diverse and unique set of challenges, …
We could not be more proud than when a student on a full scholarship is recognised for outstanding academic achievement.
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.
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?"
The latest edition of the World Trade Institute's Annual Report is now available to download.
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.
As last year, we will be at the WTO Public Forum. Alumni and friends: come and visit us! Register no later than 17 August!
Today we publish the July report on the outcome of the project "Repairing Broken Food Trade Routes Ukraine – Africa”
During the past months several WTI alumni get-togethers took place in various parts of the world.
Calling all WTI Alumni in Geneva and surroundings: Join us on Wednesday, 13 September, during the WTO Public Forum for some drinks and networking.
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
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.
The WTI Alumni Association is renewing its board. Apply now and get involved in a great global network!
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.
Petra Bilos travelled from Croatia to Bern to attend some Summer Academy courses at the WTI. Here is her testimonial.
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!
The 2023 SIEL Global Conference ended successfully on July 14. Here is a short summary.
The course "International Contracts Regarding Cross-Borders Trade and Investment" ends today.
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 …
Is there a talented, highly motivated young researcher willing to engage on trade & gender issues in your institutions?
Last week marked the first leg of a lecturing and conference tour in South America for the WTI's Prof. Van den Bossche.
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.
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 …
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.
Thursday marked the end of the course "Challenges to International Climate Governance."
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. …
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.
The Swiss Embassy invited Prof Elisa Fornalé as Swiss representative to the MEDCOP Climate conference on Gender and Climate Change.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An opportunity to discuss the principles for consideration in the design and implementation of trade-related climate measures and policies.
Let's deep dive in the last course of the World Trade Institute's 2023 Summer Academy, course 11.
On 5 June 2023 the WTI-CWS Joint Academy on International Trade Law and Policy was launched.
Tom Hunter, from the University of Zurich, joins us at the WTI for the last great Brown Bag of this semester. The topic: IMFs criticism.
Event at the Swiss Embassy in Delhi on 8 June and launch of the WTI India Alumni Chapter
Today we publish the May report on the outcome of the project "Repairing Broken Food Trade Routes Ukraine – Africa”
In a new publication in Global Policy, our WTI non-residential fellow Sebastian Klotz explores this question.
Learn more about one of the most successful courses of the World Trade Institute's 2023 Summer Academy.
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!
Calling all WTI Alumni in Geneva and surroundings: Join us next Tuesday, 30 May, for some drinks and networking.
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.
with a special address by Prof. em. Giorgio Sacerdoti
Learn more about course 9 of the World Trade Institute's 2023 Summer Academy.
Register today for the upcoming conference on sea level rise and its consequences for international law.
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?
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!
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.
Miriam Manchin, from the Politecnico di Milano, visits the World Trade Institute to present her research on social and environmental provisions in trade agreements.
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: …
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
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!
This Chinese university's visit to Bern marks the beginning of a new academic partnership.
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!
The World Trade Institute is pleased to welcome back alumna (MILE 2) Maxine Kennett
Today we deep dive into course 7 of the WTI's 2023 Summer Academy. Interested? Apply to secure your spot!
Our Director of Studies, Prof Peter Van den Bossche, is soon retiring from his position at the WTI. We are actively recruiting his successor.
The 5th Global Economic Governance of this semester is on May 8. Don't miss it! Register today!
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.
Noémie Laurens, from the Geneva Graduate Institute, visits the WTI to present her latest research on multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs).
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.
Today the March report on the outcome of the project "Repairing Broken Food Trade Routes Ukraine – Africa” is published.
A new WTI Working Paper by Prof Manfred Elsig
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.
Cédric Henet from UC Louvain visits the WTI to present his paper on the latest EU Trade Policy challenges.
Calling all WTI Alumni in Geneva and surroundings: Join us next Tuesday, 30 May, for some drinks and networking.
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'
Today, we join the University of Bern and other Swiss universities in taking a stand against sexism and sexual harassment.
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"
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.
Join the 3rd Global Economic Governance Seminar of this year. Register today!
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.
A new updated report as part of the project "Repairing Broken Food Trade Routes Ukraine-Africa". Title "Lower World Market Prices. Will Ukraine lose market shares in Africa?"
WTI workshop, part of the SNF project "General Equilibrium Econometrics and Modeling for Sustainable Growth"
The World Trade Institute is pleased to welcome back alumna Tetyana Payosova. She will address WTI students and guests on the topic of the EU Green Deal.
Are economic sanctions against Russia effective? How are they enforced and circumvented? Can frozen assets be legally used? And at what conditions?
Christian Häberli, WTI Fellow, will speak at the World Trade Institute: are the WTO and the multilateral trading system sustainable? He will present his paper on agricultural trade (Working Title: "Agricultural Trade Rules - Where are you?").
Ilmari Soininen (MILE 16) is Principal Manager at Adam Smith International. He is now hiring a Coordinator for the Geneva office.
On Monday, February 20, some WTI alumni from various TRAIL and MILE programmes met in Delhi for a nice, informal get-together
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.
On February 28, the World Trade Institute is pleased to welcome back Alumnus (MILE 12) Arpit Bhutani.
On 16 February 2023, WTI's Director of Studies, taught "Balancing Trade with Non-Trade Concerns" at the International Trade Institute.
The GQUAL Campaign, Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights and Prof. Elisa Fornalé (WTI, University of Bern) invite you to attend the upcoming conference on women representation in decision-making.
Why study international trade? And why now? A new blog post by TRAIL+ student Atharv Joshi
A new updated report as part of the project "Repairing Broken Food Trade Routes Ukraine-Africa”. Title "Ukraine’s grain exports reach Africa again, despite many obstacles reducing producer income."
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!
Prof Manfred Elsig, WTI's Deputy Managing Director, will be speaking at the upcoming conference on sustainable investment and green trade. Register today!
Prof Van den Bossche is a guest of the AJDIE and it is open to the public!
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.
WTI Working Paper No. 01/2023 by Iryna Bogdanova
Trade Winds Suite: a suite for string quartet (violine, viola and cello) and for a Jazz Trio (guitar, bass and drums).
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.
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.
It's not about who eats more chocolate, but a simulation exercise that Prof Van den Bossche carried out at LUISS university. Intrigued?
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)
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.
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.
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?
A new updated report as part of the project "Repairing Broken Food Trade Routes Ukraine – Africa”. Ukraine’s Grain Production and Shipments almost back to Normal despite Continuous Risks. Competitor Subsidies and Insurance may cause Market Share Losses.
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 …
January 31 is the final deadline to apply to the Master Programmes at the World Trade Institute for the September 2023 intake. Hurry up!
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!
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!
The report was launched during COP15 to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Montreal, Canada.
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...
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".
Thursday, 22 December, 19:00, at Mr Pickwicks, Rue de Lausanne 80, Geneva.
What a GEG Seminar yesterday evening! Check out some photos.
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:
If you are a members of the WTI Alumni Association, do not miss tomorrow's General Assembly Meeting.
We publish today the latest report of the European Union's Horizon 2020 MATS programme project: "Repairing Broken Food Trade Routes Ukraine – Africa”
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?"
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.
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
Thanks to the renewed efforts of the Global Impact Association and its donors, we have three scholarships for the 2023 September intake.
Two busy days for WTI's Director of Studies. Check out his latest activities and speaking engagement.
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.
Joachim, current Climate Trade Lead at World Economic Forum, addressed our students yesterday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
We publish today the latest outcome of the project "Repairing Broken Food Trade Routes Ukraine – Africa”.
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.
Mr La Wonchang - Minister Counsellor, Embassy of the Republic of Korea to the Swiss Confederation - will be our special guest, next Friday, December 2.
WTI's Prof. Elisa Fornalé will speak at the Lisbon Conference "Preparing for Sea Level Rise" organised by the University of Lisbon School of Law.
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.
Prof. Peter Van den Bossche invited to speak by the Seoul Trade Forum
Today we meet Joachim Monkelbaan, MILE Alumni and currently Climate Trade Lead at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Geneva
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.
On November 7, the World Trade Institute is pleased to welcome back Alumnus (MILE 1) Dr. Santanu Mukherjee. He will present on the topic: "The Compulsory Licensing Conundrum: Have WTO members still been left in a Quandary?"
WTI's reseacher Dr Iryna Bogdanova moderated and presented at the biggest international law conference in Canada.
Elisabeth Türk, Director, Economic Cooperation and Trade Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe - and Alumna of the WTI - will joins us at the World Trade Institute for a lecture on: "Digital transformation and trade: opportunities and challenges for the circular economy transition."
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!
Katharina Erhardt, professor of economics at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf and the Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE), will speak at the World Trade Institute
Peter Van den Bossche, the WTI Director of Studies, gave a lecture on What Perspectives for the WTO Dispute Settlement System
Today we meet Titilayo Obiri, MILE Alumna and currently Trade Compliance Specialist - Europe, BDP International
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?"
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).
The proliferation of non-tariff measures (NTMs), their variety in forms and complexity, and the diverse motivations underlying their use by governments explain the increasing interest of international trade policy analysis on modelling NTMs and evaluating their effects. Register for the upcoming workshop on the topic and submit your paper today.
The Impact of the Principle of Common Concern of Humankind. Series: World Trade Institute Advanced Studies, Volume: 9
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.
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.
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.
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."
An eventful week at the WTO Public Forum.
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 …
A new article in Global Trade and Customs Journal, written by our very own MILE 19 alumna and PhD candidate, Yuliia Kucheriava
Dr. Iryna Bogdanova of the World Trade Institute spoke at an international conference on the War in Ukraine, organised by the University of Haifa.
Antony Taubman, Director, Intellectual Property, Government Procurement and Competition Division, WTO joins us at the World Trade Institute for a lecture on: ‘Solidarity as a Practical Craft: Putting the WTO MC12 Pandemic Outcomes to Work’.
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.
Three days of interesting debates between academics, policy-makers, agricultural production and trade specialists, from 6 to 8 September 2022 in Tashkent.
The report of the third outcome of the project "Repairing Broken Food Trade Routes Ukraine-Africa" is published today
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.
The 2021 edition of the World Trade Institute's Annual Report is now available to download.
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.
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.
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.
Swiss national television (SRF) interviews WTI's Fellow and Lecturer, Dr. Christian Häberli.
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 …
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.
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:
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.
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 …
Today we meet Jackie Pimer, MILE Alumna and currently Trade Expert at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
The World Trade Institute (WTI) is recruiting a Ukrainian agrifood trade expert to provide consultancy services under the programme Making Agricultural Trade Sustainable (MATS).
The World Trade Institute offers three Summer Academy tuition fee waivers for Ukrainian nationals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The International Trade Committee examines the impact assessments for the Australia and New Zealand trade deals with top Government economists and experts.
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.
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.
This new CAS programme offered at the World Trade Institute (WTI) provides a research-oriented teaching in the field of trade policy.
After a COVID-related two-year hiatus, the WTI is happy to announce the return of its Brown Bag Seminar Series.
This step is being taken following the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian armed forces.
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.
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.
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.
The WTI congratulates its Advisory Board member Ambassador Didier Chambovey on being elected as Chair of the WTO General Council.
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.
The WTI congratulates its advisory board member, Arancha González Laya, on her appointment as dean of the Paris School of International Affairs.
The Federal Council and the Canton of Bern have lifted almost all protective measures related to the coronavirus.
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.
In this interview with Voice of America (VOA), Prof. Francois shared his thoughts on the state of the US economy and its trade deficit.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Embark on a unique and rewarding academic journey with us. Apply now for the 2022-23 MILE (MAS) and TRAIL+ (LL.M.) programmes!
Start the new year right and join us for our online conference on "Digital Trade in the Post-COVID World".
The WTI wishes you and your loved ones Happy Holidays and all the best for 2022.
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.
The report on the SECO Roundtable on Trade, Climate Change and the SDGs has been published.
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.
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).
The interview took place on 8 December 2021 and was livestreamed on the Facbook page of the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru (PUCP).
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Know the GAP gender lecture series is back! For late 2021 and 2022, the programme theme is "Looking for Gender Parity".
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.
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.
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 …
The version of Peter Van den Bossche's and Werner Zdouc's book in Bahasa Indonesia is 1502 pages long.
The virtual meeting took place on 22 November 2021.
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.
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 …
This high-profile event was organised by USITC (US International Trade Commission) and Keough School at University of Notre Dame on 17 November.
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.
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.
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 …
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?".
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.
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.
The event, which took place on 11 November, was hosted by the Center for Britain and Europe at the University of Surrey.
The American branch of the International Law Association invited Prof. Fornalé as a panelist at their International Law Weekend ILW 2021.
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.
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.
The theme of the Opening Ceremony was "The ACTRADE Initiative and the Promotion of Inter-African Trade" .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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 …
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.
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.
The 2020 edition of the World Trade Institute's Annual Report is now available and can be downloaded from our website.
This year’s induction days for the incoming MILE and TRAIL+ students took place between 15 and 17 September.
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.
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.
We are happy to announce the results of the elections of the first Executive Committee of the newly founded WTI Alumni Association (WTIAA).
This is a reminder to caste your vote in the World Trade Institute (WTI) Election of the Executive Committee for the WTI Alumni Association.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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!
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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).
In this interview, Appleton talks about whether employers should be able to require that employees be vaccinated before they return to the office.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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!".
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
The WTI's Director of Studies recently engaged in two activities in India and Belgium, which he attended and delivered online.
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.
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 …
Per 1. August oder nach Vereinbarung suchen wir eine/n Verantwortliche/r Finanzen WTI 60%.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
The webinar series, entitled "Rising Sea Levels: Promoting Climate Justice through International Law", is held on 3, 11, 17 and 24 March.
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.
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.
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?".
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
The WTI wishes you and your loved ones Happy Holidays and all the best for 2021.
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, …
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.
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 …
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.
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).
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 …
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.
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).
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.
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.
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 …
The 2019 edition of the World Trade Institute's Annual Report is now available and can be downloaded from our website.
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).
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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. …
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, …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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?
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
A message of solidarity and equality from the WTI Gender Committee.
WTI Advisory Board member Beata Javorcik shares her thoughts in episode 124 of the Trade Talks podcast with Soumaya Keynes & Chad Bown.
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).
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.
The Emma Barnett show regularly features big-name interviews, original journalism and news-making stories.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 …
The third week of the WTI Winter Academy – a course on WTO Law on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures - attracted a large number of participants.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
Time is running out to apply for a place on the Master’s programmes at the World Trade Institute (WTI) beginning in September 2020!
World Trade Institute (WTI) Director of Studies Professor Peter Van den Bossche has begun the year with lectures in Bruges, Belgium, and Geneva, Switzerland.
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.
Arancha Gonzalez, a member of the WTI Advisory Board and external faculty, has been named the new foreign minister of Spain.
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.
The BRICS Globalization and Labour Protections research project at the World Trade Institute now has its own website.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
by Professor Catherine Kessedjian, professor emerita, University Panthéon-Assas Paris II
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.
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.
A new WTI publication on the relation between economic growth, trade, and sectoral methane emissions is now available open access from Applied Economics.
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 2019 World Trade Forum on the topic ‘Multilateralism at Risk' has drawn to a close after two days of lively discussion.
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.
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.
A new WTI title, 'The Shifting Landscape of Global Trade Governance', was launched at the WTO Public Forum on 10 October.
Around 70 alumni, students and faculty of the World Trade Institute came together for a social event in Geneva on 9 October.
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’.
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.
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.
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?’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The first PhD course of the new semester took place at the World Trade Institute (WTI) from 9 to 13 September.
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.
Three young economists have received awards for papers they presented the annual conference of the European Trade Study Group (ETSG) being held in Bern.
The new intake of students on the MILE and TRAIL+ programmes were officially welcomed to the World Trade Institute (WTI) on 11 September.
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.
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.
Click to learn more about the courses "State Responsibility" and "Institutions and the Political Economy of Development", both offered this September at the WTI.
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.
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.
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.
MILE 15 alumna Jimena Sotelo talks to the WTI about her work at the International Trade Centre and her experience with the MILE programme.
World Trade Forum volume edited by Manfred Elsig, Michael Hahn and Gabrielle Spilker, published by Cambridge University Press.
Visit our Events page to see the current schedule for the fall lecture series.
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.
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.
This year's Closing Ceremony featured a keynote address by State Secretary Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch, SECO.
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.
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.
Prof. Dr. Anne van Aaken, University of Hamburg, gave a Tea Time Talk at the WTI on 20 June.
Alan Aicken, Vice-President, Procurement Department, and Chief Sustainability Officer for the Supply Chain at Huawei, delivered a Brown Bag seminar on Wednesday.
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".
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.
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.
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.
Prof. Kathleen Claussen, J.D., University of Miami School of Law, delivered a Brown Bag lecture.
The WTI gathered lawyers, academics and policymakers to discuss options for reforming appellate review at the WTO. Event summary by Anvar Rahmetov.
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.
Nitin Pai, Director of The Takshashila Institution, will be in conversation with the WTI's Prof. Peter Van den Bossche at Swissnex India.
A Global Economic Governance Seminar Series lecture by Victoria Donaldson, Legal Deputy Director at Department for International Trade, UK Government.
On 28 May, Prof Peter Van den Bossche delivered his farewell speech to the Appellate Body at the WTO in Geneva.
Henrique Pacini, Economic Affairs Officer at UNCTAD, delivered a Brown Bag seminar in the Anna Nussbaum Auditorium.
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.
A Brown Bag Seminar by Dora Simon, PhD Candidate at the University of Zurich Department of Economics.
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.
The CLI_M_CO2 picture "Sea Change" has been awarded a Distinction by an international jury for the category "1. Object of study".
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.
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.
This guest lecture by Paolo Vergano, Partner at FratiniVergano - European Lawyers, took place in the context of the course on International Economic Dispute Resolution.
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.
This Call for Papers is on the topic of "International Economic Dispute Settlement: Demise or Transformation". The submission deadline is 31 May 2019.
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.
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.
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.
This workshop is open to the public and will be held at the World Trade Organization in Geneva.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Prof. Damian Raess' article "Die Ängste vor chinesischen Investoren werden unterschätzt" was published online in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ) on 3 April 2019.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
WTI Working Paper 01/2019 by Iryna Bogdanova discusses whether WTO tribunals have jurisdiction over the security clause and whether the clause is justiciable.
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.
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.
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.
This book, by Rodrigo Polanco, was published by Cambridge University Press in December 2018. Read the description and reviews here.
The colloquium "Restoring Trust in Trade" was held at the Maastricht University Faculty of Law on 17 December 2018.
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!
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.
The final newsletter of 2018 features an introduction by Peter Van den Bossche, and is available on our website.
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.
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.
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.
By Hong Zhao, Member of the WTO Appellate Body.
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?
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Brown Bag Seminar by Martina Francesca Ferracane
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.
This lecture is a part of the Global Economic Governance Seminar Series and is open to the public.
By Victor do Prado, Director of Council and TNC Division at the WTO. This lecture is open to the public.
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.
The second WTI Brown Bag Seminar of the fall semester will take place in the Silva Casa Auditorium.
By Shree Servansing, Member of the WTO Appellate Body
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.
The second WTI Brown Bag Seminar of the fall semester will take place in the Silva Casa Auditorium.
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.
This series features expert lecturers speaking on the topics of international trade, finance, development and more, and is open to the public.
Sebastian Klotz, research fellow and doctoral candidate at the WTI, presented at the University of Bern event: “8x8’ – Young Researchers present”
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.
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.
The press release for the 2018 World Trade Forum is now available. The event takes place from 28 - 29 September at the EUI in Florence. Registration is still open.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The policy paper was featured in Season 5, Episode 81 of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver which aired on 19 August, 2018. The episode focused on US President Donald Trump’s trade war.
Article by Damian Raess and Dora Sari published in Global Policy (2018) by Wiley, in free access until the end of September 2018.
WTI Working Paper No. 04/2017 by Octavio Fernández-Amador, Joseph Francois, Doris Oberdabernig and Patrick Tomberger. This working paper was published in Economics Letters (Elsevier), Vol. 171 (2018) pp 137-139.
The press release for the 2018 World Trade Forum is now available. The event takes place from 28 - 29 September at the EUI in Florence. Registration is still open.
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 …
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 …
In a filmed interview with the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), Thomas Cottier discusses Brexit and the WTO.
No. 3 (2018) Occasional Policy Papers Series On The Least Developed Countries, co-written by Rodrigo Polanco and Americo Zampetti
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
The WTI’s Common Concern project held a conference at the institute on 22 and 23 June to present its initial conclusions.
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.
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.
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.
Journal article by Rodrigo Polanco, Valentino Desilvestro and Azernoosh Bazrafkan in Journal of International Economic Law
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.
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).
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).
Canada is following a new approach to trade policy that contributes to the government’s broader economic, social and environmental policy priorities.
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.
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 …
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.
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'.
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.
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, …
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.
WTI associate researcher Charlotte Sieber-Gasser has been awarded the prestigious Walther Hug prize for her PhD thesis completed at the WTI.
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.
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).
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.
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?
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 …
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.
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.
The World Trade Institute (WTI) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), Ecuador.
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.
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.
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.
Column in VOX EU by Céline Carrère, Marcelo Olarreaga and Damian Raess
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 …
The WTI has won funding for a major new research project entitled, ‘Switzerland’s Sustainability Footprint: Economic and Legal Challenges’.
The Design of Trade Agreements (DESTA) research project has been named best dataset by the International Political Economy Society (IPES) for the year 2017.
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 …
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.
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 …
by Colette Van der Ven (Sidley Austin LPP)
Brown Bag Seminar by Sadeq Z. Bigdeli, member of the Law Faculty at Shahid Beheshti University (Tehran)
by Arancha Gonzalez
Professor Elisa Fornalé of the WTI was invited to address a United Nations thematic session on migration in Geneva on 13 October.
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.
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.
The WTO Public Forum, which took place at the end of September, provided an occasion for the latest gathering of WTI alumni.
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.
On 18 September the WTI held a ceremony to officially launch the 2017-2018 graduate studies programme and welcome new students to the institute.
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’.
The WTI was pleased to host a distinguished lecture by Dr James Lindsay, a leading authority on American foreign policy-making, on 14 September.
On 18 September a ceremony will take place at the WTI to launch the 2017-2018 graduate study programmes.
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.
The 15th annual WTI Summer Academy – seven weeks of teaching on investment and trade law and policy – has drawn to a close.
4th edition of a volume by Peter Van den Bossche. ABSTRACT: Retaining the signature clarity and depth that made it an instant classic, this new fourth edition of The Law and Policy of the World Trade Organization examines both the institutional and substantive law of the World Trade Organization (WTO). …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
UK parliamentary report on consequences of Brexit for agriculture, with expert evidence provided by Christian Häberli
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Member of external faculty Pierre Sauvé presents his course on Trade in Services in the latest in the WTI's new Lecturer Video Series.
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 …
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.
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.
Professor Manfred Elsig presents his course on Global Political Economy in the latest in the WTI's new Lecturer Video Series.
WTI Fellow Christian Häberli has contributed a chapter to the new Research Handbook on Climate Change and Agriculture Law published by Edward Elgar.
‘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.
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.
The World Trade Institute (WTI) of the University of Bern hosts a conference entitled 'Is a Multilateral Investment Treaty Needed?' on 19 June 2017 with the support of the World Economic Forum and the Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
A tribute to Luzius Wasescha, who has died aged 70, by former WTI Managing Director Thomas Cottier.
WTI Senior Researcher Dr Häberli was interviewed during a teaching visit to PUCP, a partner in the SECO programme.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
The academic year 2016-2017 began for the 21 doctoral students enrolled at the WTI on 27 September.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
The MILE 17 intake will be welcomed to Bern during an official ceremony.
On the topic, 'Behind-the-Border Policies and Global Trade'.The World Trade Forum 2016 will focus on the measurement and impacts of non-tariff measures and domestic regulation on international trade and investment and how such ‘behind-the-border’ policies are being/can be addressed in preferential trade agreements and the WTO.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ilaria Espa took part in the “What Energy Union” international conference at Bocconi University, Milan, on 29-30 April.
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).
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.
An international energy forum co-organised by the World Trade Institute (WTI) will be held in Vilnius, Lithuania on 2-3 June.
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.
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.
WTI researcher Rosa Losada has been elected to serve on the Swiss Civil Society Platform on Migration and Development (mdplatform).
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.
The WTI-sponsored annual Gujarat International Moot Court (GIMC) Competition has taken place for the eighth time at Gujarat National Law University, India.
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).
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.
A factsheet by WTI and CDE researchers of the University of Bern. Contributors include Thomas Cottier, Manfred Elsig, Ilaria Espa and Stephen Gelb
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Spirit of Bern – a new platform for dialogue – held its inaugural meeting in Bern on 18 January.
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
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.
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 feature presentations by WTI faculty …
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 …
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.
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.
WTI Senior Research Fellow Anirudh Shingal contributed to the Commonwealth Secretariat’s flagship publication on trade that was released in Malta last month.
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.
“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 …
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, …
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.
The World Trade Organization released its flagship World Trade Report on 26 October in Geneva. Professor Joseph Francois of the WTI acted as discussant.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
The 2015 Summer Academy on New Frontiers in Trade and Investment Governance, which wrapped up on 7 August, received good marks from participants.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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!”
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wase Musonge, a graduate of MILE 10, moved to Geneva from Cameroon in 2001 and has spent more than a decade focused on development issues through her work as a Programme Officer at the South Centre. During this time she took a year out to extend her knowledge of international …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
The International Moot Court Competition at Gujarat National Law University, India, has taken place for the seventh year running with WTI support.
The WTI is co-presenting a conference and seminar series on migration issues at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, from 16 to 20 February.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Beginning on 5 January 2015, Term 2 of the Master of International Law and Economics programme will include one new and one reworked module.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
A delegation from the Vietnamese Ministry of Finance visited the WTI on 21 October during a week-long working visit to Switzerland.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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 …
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.
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”.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We are very excited to host the Global Conference of the Society of International Economic Law in Bern on 10-12 July 2014!
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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, …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
With events organised throughout the year for children of researchers and staff, WTI is cultivating an image as a child-friendly employer.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Ratnakar Adhikari, a graduate of MILE 2, has recently been appointed 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 …
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.
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.
The Road to Bali: ERIA Perspectives on the WTO Ministerial and Asian Integration
Maria Moreno from Bogota, Colombia, finds time in her packed schedule of lectures and study to talk about life as a MILE 14 participant.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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”.
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!
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).
Fernando Pierola explains his role at the Advisory Centre on WTO Law and shares how the MILE Programme helped prepare him for the position.
The two-week WTI/CUHK Summer Programme on International Intellectual Property in Hong Kong was successfully concluded last Friday. This year’s course took place at the Chinese University of Hong Kong Graduate Law Centre and brought together 34 government representatives, scholars and practitioners from 15 different countries.
On 18 July 2013, Pierre Sauvé, a faculty member at the WTI and the Institute’s Director of External Programs and Academic Partnerships, gave a presentation on "Services Trade and the ASEAN Economic Community" in the Asian Development Bank’s Asian International Economics Network (AIEN) Speaker Series.
Wrapping up a rigorous year combining studies in law, economics and the political economy of global commercial relations, 34 MILE students from some 21 countries participated in the annual MILE Moot Court at the WTI on 24-25 June.
Professor Matthias Oesch shares his experiences as a PhD student at the WTI / IEW and offers advice to potential candidates of the new doctoral programme*.
On 28 June, 2013, a hand-picked group of ambassadors, senior members of the WTO Secretariat, as well as leading private and public-sector stakeholders met at WTO headquarters in Geneva to ‘bluesky,’.i.e. generate ideas and advice, on some of the key challenges awaiting Ambassador Roberto Carvalho de Azevêdo and his new …
The World Trade Institute was honoured to be the Knowledge Partner of The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASSOCHAM) of India’s National Council on WTO’s International Conference on “Opportunities and Challenges arising out of India’s FTAs” - a conference series on “Emerging Trade Policy Issues in Good Governance”.
An Opportunity for Building One's Professional Network: The MILE Experience According to Alumnus Vitaliy Pogoretskyy
The Foreign Trade University (FTU) today held the opening ceremony of its new Master’s programme on International Trade Policy and Law (MITPL) in the framework of a four year academic cooperation project entitled, “Regional Competence Centers for Trade Law and Policy in Africa, Peru and Vietnam,” funded by the Swiss …
On 9 May 2013, Andrew T. Guzmán, Professor of Law and Associate Dean, International and Graduate Programmes at Berkeley Law, University of California and a faculty member of the MILE Programme, held a lecture to open the academic year at the International Studies Institute of the University of Chile.
Company taxation, the disputed role of transfer pricing within the extractive industry and related aspects of development are the central topics of the film "Stealing Africa". In a recent event at a local Bernese cinema, panellists from the press, from academia and from the public administration debated about how to …
The conference on 8 November 2013 will discuss and research the development of the concept of the “State” in the field of Investor-State Arbitration
From Lima to Hong Kong: MILE Alumni Manolo Delgado shares how the MILE Programme gave him the foundation he needed to head a purchasing office spanning 12 different countries.
Professor Nanno Mulder of the University of Chile highlights the book he will launch in conjunction with the SECO / WTI Academic Cooperation Project.
United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier de Schutter, visited the WTI on 11 April 2013 to hold a stakeholder workshop with researchers from the Institute, as well as from the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE).
From 15-17 April 2013, Christian Häberli, Senior Research Fellow NCCR Trade Regulation at the WTI and Sufian Jusoh, WTI Lead Consultant in Malaysia, conducted a workshop on trade negotiation techniques for 24 private and government participants who were pursuing a course on intellectual property valuation at the Malaysian Intellectual Property …
The WTI recently concluded an important aspect of its capacity building support of the Pakistan Institute of Trade and Development (PITAD) by awarding accreditation to graduate-level training modules.
Dr Sofia Boza, Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Chile and a visiting fellow at the WTI, sheds light on her goals as an academic and as a researcher involved in the SECO / WTI Academic Cooperation Project.
In April 2013, two members of the European University Institute’s Global Governance Programme posted the link to an e-book and initiated an online discussion about what the World Trade Organization (WTO) will require from its next Director General.
Valéria Guimarães de Lima e Silva, a Global Research Fellow at the Hauser Global Law School Program at NYU, shares her experiences as a MILE student.
From 19-21 March 2013, the World Trade Institute managed two major events in Malaysia under the theme, “Transforming Investment in ASEAN through ACIA” to discuss and promote the ASEAN Comprehensive Investment Agreement (ACIA).
On 15 February 2013, the European Commission announced that it would ask the European Council for a mandate to participate to negotiations on a plurilateral agreement in services.
‘Creating connectivity in the area of science and education’ was the purpose of an event held at the World Trade Institute (WTI) on 25 March 2013 for 30 delegates of the Swiss Education, Research and Innovation (ERI) Network.
The Swiss Federal Office for Migration (FOM) sponsors four scholarships for the Master of International Law and Economics (MILE) Programme.
One of the World Trade Institute’s most recent external training programmes was recently featured in the International Trade Centre’s (ITC) 2012 annual report.
Academics from the World Trade Institute presented a variety of papers addressing Africa’s economic integration at the Second African International Economic Law Network Conference. The event marked a further milestone in the relations between the WTI and the Mandela Institute within the SECO / WTI Academic Cooperation Project.
On 28 February and 1 March 2013, Professor Manfred Elsig, Dr. Jappe Eckhardt and Maura Iliuteanu of the World Trade Institute (WTI) participated in a meeting involving high-level experts on the “Functioning of the WTO”.
PhD candidate, Maria Anna Corvaglia, shares her thoughts on how completing the MILE Programme helped her further her academic career.
From 25-27 February, the World Trade Organization (WTO) opened its doors to the MILE 13 class during the WTI’s annual excursion to Geneva.
The WTI is in its 14th year since its inception in 1999. Starting with its flagship programme, the Master in International Law and Economics (MILE), the Institute gradually expanded and became the host of the National Centre of Competence in Research in the field (NCCR Trade Regulation).
The World Trade Institute is a partner and sponsor of the Gujarat International Moot Court Competition (GIMC) of the Gujarat National Law University (GNLU) as in previous years. The Annual Competition took place on the new GNLU campus in Gandhinagar from 6–10 February 2012.
The Centre for WTO Studies, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) New Delhi and the World Trade Institute jointly organised a Round Table on “WTO in crisis – and what about India?” on 6 February 2013 at the premises of the IIFT in New Delhi.
32 industrialised countries renewed their commitment to the Kyoto Protocol at the annual UN Climate Change Conference (COP18) in December 2012 in Doha, Qatar.
Anirudh Shingal recalls his experiences as a MILE student and shares how the Programme helped him kick-start his career.
On 11 January 2013, the World Trade Institute and the NCCR Trade Regulation offered an open forum for representatives of the Swiss procurement profession.
A Recent Alumnus Shares his Experience with the WTI’s Distance Learning Programme on International Trade Regulation
‘Localized knowledge’, ‘sustainability’, ‘quality’, measurement, and ‘results’ were the catchwords at a roundtable discussion held at the World Trade Institute on Monday, 14 January.
The World Trade Institute opened its doors to new opportunities for cooperation between Switzerland and the Asian region on Friday, 7th of December.
University of Johannesburg Professor Stephen Gelb shares his thoughts about joining the WTI in January 2013
Dr Rafael Leal-Arcas, COFIT fellow at the WTI, was part of an esteemed panel of experts invited to give a presentation at the annual conference, “Trading Freely with Asia: Challenges and opportunities for EU FTAs with partners in East Asia”.
Thought leadership around South Africa’s future role in global international relations was the focus of the first annual International Economic Law Update, which took place on November 1, 2012 in Johannesburg.
The Institute for Globalization and International Regulation (IGIR) at the Maastricht University Law Faculty and the World Trade Institute (WTI) of the University of Bern are pleased to announce the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) committing them to a number of exciting joint academic cooperation initiatives.
A recent study by WTI researcher Anirudh Shingal and two co-authors concentrated on the impact of exchange rate changes on the prices of intermediate imports and their role in the price-setting behaviour of the Swiss export industry.
The WTI and the Trade Department of the World Bank jointly organized a panel on services regulation at the recent WTO Public Forum. The Panel joined academics and practitioners for a highly interactive session.
The World Trade Institute and CIGI (Centre for International Governance Innovation) jointly organised a panel at the WTO Public Forum. It brought together researchers and WTO Ambassadors. The debate focused on how the WTO should institutionally react to the growth of preferential trade agreements (PTAs) as well as how to …
International Trade Centre's report on classroom activities in the PITAD project takes us inside the training sessions held at the World Trade Institute
A discussion in the press on how to distribute payments to Swiss farmers in the future.
Researchers from Work Package 5 on Trade and Climate Change, in co-operation with the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), held a panel on trade, food security and sustainable management of water resources at the World Water Week in Stockholm.
As part of the WTI’s Summer Academy 2012 course on “Settling Investment Disputes”, Elizabeth Tuerk presented UNCTAD’s “World Investment Report 2012”.
As of 1 August, the WTI Board, the advisory body to the World Trade Institute, welcomes several new members.
Prof. Thomas Cottier was in the news of Schweizer Fernsehen, the Swiss national TV channel. He participated in a programme on the 40th anniversary of the signature of the Free Trade Agreement between Switzerland and the European Economic Community.