One of the WTI’s aims is to contribute to a better understanding of the legal, economic and political framework governing globalisation and sustainable development. We believe innovative responses hold the key to assuring sustainable development. The barriers, limits and costs of mitigation and adaptation to climate change, and their impacts on cross-border trade, have to be understood and assessed. The WTI has an ongoing initiative to develop publicly available indicators of sustainability footprints. This includes CO2 and methane emissions supported by consumer spending, as well as forestry and water resources. Forward-looking analysis of resource dependency in production and consumption is also a part of our research. Related work includes climate-driven migration.

People: Joseph Francois, Elisa Fornalé, Zaker AhmadOctavio FernandezDoris OberdaberningIlaria EspaPatrick TombergerBrigitta Imeli

Courses: MILE, Winter and Summer AcademyOCCR undergraduate academies

Events: SUK conference, World Trade Forum

Research: Realizing Europe’s Soft Power in External Cooperation and Trade, EC Horizon 2020, 2018-2020; Climate Security with Local Authorities (CLISEL), EC Horizon 2020, 2017-2020; Switzerland’s Sustainability Footprint: Economic and Legal Challenges, SNF NRP 73, 2017-2021; Labour Market Impacts of Globalisation on Development, r4d (SNSF and SDC programme), 2014-2018; Towards a Principle of Common Concern in Global Law: Foundations and Case Studies, SNSF research project, 2015-2018; BRICS Globalisation and Labour Protections, SNSF (professorship project), 2017-2021; CLI_M_CO2 Framing Environmental Degradation, Human Mobility and Human Development as a Matter of Common Concern, SNSF (professorship project), 2017-2021