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6 Jul 2020 | News

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

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

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6 Jul 2020 | News

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

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

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1 Jul 2020 | News

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition’s final round!

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

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25 Jun 2020 | News

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

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

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24 Jun 2020 | News

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

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

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23 Jun 2020 | News

Pandemic and the Global Economy: A virtual workshop series

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

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17 Jun 2020 | News

WTI Summer Academy starts next week!

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

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15 Jun 2020 | News

Apply now: Research Assistant (20-100%)

***Kindly note that we only consider applications from people based in Switzerland*** The WTI is hiring! We're looking for We are looking for a motivated, diligent student to assist in research activities starting on 20 July 2020 (or at the earliest possible date thereafter) for a period of 2 months ...

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2 Jun 2020 | News

My PCA Fellowship - Jorge Manrique de Lara

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

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29 May 2020 | News

A message from Peter Van den Bossche

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

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26 May 2020 | News

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

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

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19 May 2020 | News

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

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

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18 May 2020 | News

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

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

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8 May 2020 | News

Register for the 2020 Summer Academy - All courses available online

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

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7 May 2020 | News

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

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

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5 May 2020 | News

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

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

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1 May 2020 | News

Be a TRAIL-blazer: Nithya Grace Fenn

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

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30 Apr 2020 | News

John H. Jackson Moot Court: Call for Case Author

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

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29 Apr 2020 | News

Know the Gap Lecture Series: Update for May

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

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14 Apr 2020 | News

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

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

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