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 2024


6-7 September 2024
World Trade Institute, University of Bern, Switzerland

Our annual flagship conference, co-organised with the Global Governance Programme at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Sciences (European University Institute), it brings together researchers and practitioners working in the area of trade and development. 

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Please, be aware that the WTI applies registration fees for this event, which are the following: 

Registration fee 1 Day 100 CHF and 2 days 200 CHF

Registration fee 1 day 150 CHF and 2 days 250 CHF

Please note, the WTF is for free for online registration. 

World Trade Forum archive

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

2023, Non-economic objectives and international trade

2022, 'What Does the Future Hold for Trade Policy?'

2021, 'Digital, Green and Open? Global Trade Policy at a Crossroads'. Please click here to watch the recorded live stream.

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'