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.

Save the date: World Trade Forum 2022

The 2022 World Trade Forum, which is scheduled to take place from 23-24 September 2022, will bring together trade policy researchers and practitioners to discuss recent developments in global trade and investment.

The main themes of the conference will include the shift from multilateral to a mix of plurilateral and unilateral approaches to managing systemic challenges like climate change; the turn towards industrial policy; changes in value chain-based production and trade in response to COVID-19; policy dimensions of the digitalization of trade; and the state of play in multilateral governance of the global trading system.   



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

Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS)

Bertelsmann Stiftung

Media partner:
Transnational Dispute Management (TDM)

World Trade Forum archive

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

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'