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22 Dec 2022 | News

Happy holidays from the World Trade Institute!

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

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28 Feb 2022 | News

The WTI stands in Solidarity with Ukraine and its People

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

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22 Feb 2022 | News

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

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

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17 Nov 2021 | News

World Trade Review: Call for Proposals

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

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20 Sep 2021 | News

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

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

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9 Jun 2021 | News

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

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

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2 Jun 2021 | News

New WTI Research Project: Trade and Democracy (TRADEM)

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

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8 Mar 2021 | News

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

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

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22 Jan 2021 | News

Strategie Nachhaltige Entwicklung 2030 des Bundesrates: Herausforderungen und Chancen?

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

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6 Jan 2021 | News

World Trade Review: Call for Proposals for Special Issues

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

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30 Sep 2020 | News

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

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

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3 Sep 2020 | News

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

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

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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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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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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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8 Nov 2019 | News

WTI hosts workshop on impact of trade wars

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

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26 Oct 2019 | News

Multilateralism at risk – fruitful debate at World Trade Forum 2019

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

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16 Oct 2019 | News

WTI directors present new book at WTO Public Forum

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

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10 Oct 2019 | News

WTI alumni panel held at the WTO Public Forum

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

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5 Oct 2019 | News

Annual get-together of WTI alumni to be held during WTO Public Forum

As in previous years the annual get-together of World Trade Institute alumni will take place in Geneva during the week of the WTO Public Forum.

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20 Sep 2019 | News

Malaysian academic delegation discuss cooperation during WTI visit

The World Trade Institute (WTI) was pleased to welcome a delegation from the Institute of Malaysian and International Studies (IKMAS) of the National University of Malaysia on 17 September.

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16 May 2019 | News

Indonesian Minister of Trade visits WTI

The Indonesian Minister of Trade, Enggartiasto Lukita, visited the WTI on Thursday 9 May 2019, where he met with WTI Directors Joseph Francois, Manfred Elsig and Michael Hahn.

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5 Apr 2019 | News

Is WTO reform feasible? Lessons from political science research

A summary by Anvar Rahmetov of Prof. Manfred Elsig's speech at the 3 April Trade Lecture Sessions @ the WTO, organized by the Embassy of Israel in Switzerland.

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7 Dec 2018 | News

Recap: TP1 Workshop

Panelists Anqi Wang and Sean Stacy gave their input regarding the 30 November TP1 Workshop, which featured a speech by Prof. Bart Kerremans on Transatlantic Trade Relations in the Trump Era: Will the 2018 Mid-Elections Make a Difference?

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21 Nov 2018 | News

Recap: Conference on Big Data and Trade

by Clarence Siziba, WTI PhD researcher. The Conference on Big Data and Global Trade Law took place at the University of Lucerne, from 16-17 November 2018.

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24 Sep 2018 | News

Class gets underway for the 2018-2019 MILE and TRAIL+ programmes

This year’s MILE and TRAIL+ students officially began their courses on 17 September, starting with Global Political Economy, International Economics and International Trade Regulation.

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27 Mar 2018 | News

1st Swiss UN day hears call for countries to put common concerns first

Environmental change, trade wars and migration - the international community is currently facing huge challenges. Switzerland too, 15 years after it joined the United Nations, is challenged to consider its role and whether that includes being a bridge-builder to a better world.

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13 Mar 2018 | News

Trade Lecture on WTO dispute settlement held in Geneva

The second lecture in the Trade Lecture Sessions at the WTO series – on the subject of ‘The Future of WTO Dispute Settlement’ – took place on Friday 9 March at the World Trade Organization in Geneva.

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28 Nov 2017 | News

DESTA wins award for best dataset

The Design of Trade Agreements (DESTA) research project has been named best dataset by the International Political Economy Society (IPES) for the year 2017.

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19 Sep 2017 | News

WTI participates in WTO Public Forum

Researchers from the World Trade Institute will be taking part in this year’s World Trade Organization Public Forum on the theme of ‘Trade behind the headlines’.

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15 Sep 2017 | News

US foreign policy under Trump: implications for Europe and global trade

The WTI was pleased to host a distinguished lecture by Dr James Lindsay, a leading authority on American foreign policy-making, on 14 September.

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11 Sep 2017 | News

Graduate study programmes set to open

On 18 September a ceremony will take place at the WTI to launch the 2017-2018 graduate study programmes.

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22 Aug 2017 | News

"The middle class has not profited as much from increased integration in world markets"

WTI Deputy Managing Director Manfred Elsig was recently interviewed about globalisation, populism and the rise of civil society in the US. To watch the video, please click on the link below.

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4 Jul 2017 | News

From fragmentation to coherence – 12 years on

The NCCR Trade Regulation hosted by the World Trade Institute comes to an end this year. The review panel visited the WTI on 26 June to make a final assessment of the project’s achievements over the past 12 years.

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28 Jun 2017 | News

Conference hears call to empower migrants

François Crépeau, UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, made a call for a principled response to migration challenges in a speech on populism and migration at the World Trade Institute on 22 June.

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20 Jun 2017 | News

WTI hosts successful investment conference

The World Trade Institute (WTI) hosted a conference entitled 'Is a Multilateral Investment Treaty Needed?'on 19 June with the support of the World Economic Forum and the Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS). Transnational Dispute Management (TDM) was the media partner.

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29 May 2017 | News

NCCR Global Series 11: Trump, Trade and Canada

The latest in the NCCR Global Series of events – a one-day academic workshop on 'Trade and Investment Law Challenges in the Trump Era: What is the role of Canada?' – was held at the University of Ottawa, Canada on 16 May.

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22 Mar 2017 | News

New Lecturer Video Series

Professor Manfred Elsig presents his course on Global Political Economy in the latest in the WTI's new Lecturer Video Series.

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18 Jan 2017 | News

What Trump could mean for US foreign policy

How will President Trump shape United States foreign policy, in particular in regard to trade, finance and development aid? Just days before the 45th US president is sworn in, the World Trade Institute (WTI) of the University of Bern hosted a roundtable discussion to consider these questions.

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21 Dec 2016 | News

SNIS project workshop takes stock of first year

The output of the first year of a Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS) collaborative project was discussed at a workshop held at the WTI at 9 December.

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23 Nov 2016 | News

WTO Appellate Body faces a ‘tsunami’ of cases

The current and future challenges facing the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization were the focus of a special lecture by its Chairman, Thomas R. Graham, at the WTO in Geneva on 22 November.

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21 Sep 2016 | News

Starting a journey of learning and discovery

Students participating in the 17th Master of International Law and Economics (MILE) master’s programme received a warm welcome to the World Trade Institute at an opening ceremony on 16 September.

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10 Jun 2016 | News

WTI completes core academic team

The WTI is pleased to announce the arrival of new professors in the coming months to enhance the Institute’s teaching offer and complete its core group of academic staff.

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26 Jan 2016 | News

WTI reflections on multilateral governance showcased at Davos

Contributions from a number of WTI faculty members were made public at the World Economic Forum's Annual Conference in Davos, Switzerland. Contributors included Pierre Sauvé, Manfred Elsig, Mira Burri, Thomas Cottier, Ilaria Espa and several members of external faculty as well as alumni Yulia Selivanova and Marta Soprana.

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8 Dec 2015 | News

Prof Elsig visits Foreign Trade University of Vietnam

Deputy Managing Director of the WTI Prof Manfred Elsig recently returned from Vietnam where he paid a visit to the Foreign Trade University (FTU) in Hanoi, one of the WTI’s partners in the SECO academic cooperation project and taught a four-day course on Global Political Economy.

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13 Nov 2015 | News

Arun Kumar brings ‘good news’ from US on innovative investments

The World Trade Institute was pleased to host the Director General of the US and Foreign Commercial Service on 12 November during his visit to Switzerland aimed at supporting and encouraging the deepening of the “robust commercial partnership” between the two countries.

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25 Sep 2015 | News

Successful World Trade Forum concludes

The 2015 World Trade Forum on the topic 20 Years of the WTO: Past Performance and Ongoing Challenges has drawn to a close after two days of lively discussion in Bern.

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23 Sep 2015 | News

High-ranking Taiwanese delegation visits the WTI

A group of senior civil servants from Taiwan paid a visit to the WTI on 18 September for a one-day training programme on bilateral and multilateral trade agreements negotiation.

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14 Nov 2014 | News

Manfred Elsig addresses Europa Forum

The explosion in the number of preferential trade agreements (PTAs) since 1990, and the leading role of European countries in this trend, was a subject addressed this week by WTI Deputy Managing Director, Professor Manfred Elsig, at the autumn meeting of the Europa Forum in Lucerne.

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14 Oct 2014 | News

Doctoral Programme stages annual retreat

Resident and non-resident PhD candidates have just returned from a two-day retreat, hosted by the MSB Montreux School of Business at Territet on Lake Geneva. The annual event provides an opportunity for participants to make a presentation on their thesis and receive feedback.

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27 Sep 2013 | News

Taking stock of preferential trade agreements

The world has witnessed a sharp rise in bilateral and regional initiatives to regulate trade and investment relations in the past 10 years. New preferential deals between leading economies have been agreed or are in the pipeline, such as the US-EU Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

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2 Apr 2013 | News

World Trade Institute Connects with Swiss ERI Network

‘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.

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12 Mar 2013 | News

A Policy Debate: The Multilateral Trading System and the WTO

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”.

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26 Feb 2013 | News

New Structure for World Trade Institute’s Management Team

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).

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1 Oct 2012 | News

The WTO: Staying Alive – The Quest for Coherence in Challenging Times

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 …

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20 Sep 2011 | News

Book Launch: Governing the World Trade Organization: Past, Present and Beyond Doha

As a side event of the WTO Public Forum, the book launch takes place in Geneva.

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28 May 2010 | News

Manfred Elsig winner of the International Geneva Award 2010

Prof. Manfred Elsig, Assistant Professor at the World Trade Institute, University of Bern and Work Package 1 Leader of NCCR Trade Regulation is a winner of the International Geneva Award 2010 for his publication "Principal-agent Theory and the World Trade Organization: Complex Agency and Missing Delegation", in European Journal of …

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