World Trade Forum

Where trade experts convene

The World Trade Forum is an annual event co-organised by the World Trade Institute and the European University Institute each autumn to discuss a topic related to the world trading system.

World Trade Forum 2021

The 2021 World Trade Forum 'Digital, Green and Open? Global Trade Policy at a Crossroads' will take place on 14 and 15 October in Florence, Italy. Please find a draft of the programme here (subject to change). More information can also be found on the EUI's website. Stay tuned for more updates soon.


The 2020 World Trade Forum 'The Future of Trade Policy and External Cooperation: is Soft Power Passé?' took place online on 22 and 23 September. More information can be found here.

Please click here for materials, such as presentations and background papers, as well as panel recordings of the event.


Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies
European University Institute (EUI)

Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS)

Media partner:
Transnational Dispute Management (TDM)

World Trade Forum archive

The programmes for previous editions of the World Trade Forum can be found below:

2020, 'The Future of Trade Policy and External Cooperation: is Soft Power Passé?'

2019, 'Multilateralism at Risk'

2018, 'Trade, Development and Sustainability'

2017, 'Trade Policy in Turbulent Times'

2016, ‘Behind-the-Border Policies and Global Trade’

2015, '20 Years of the World Trade Organization'

2014, 'International Trade in Electricity and the Greening Economy'

2013, 'Trade Cooperation: the Purpose, Design and Effects of Preferential Trade Agreements'

2012, 'The Rule of Law in Monetary Affairs: Lessons from the Trade Field'

2011, 'New Directions and Emerging Challenges in International Investment Law and Policy'

2010, 'Trade Governance in the Digital Age'

2009, 'Making Decisions at the World Trade Organization: Past, Present and Beyond Doha'