The SECO / WTI Academic Cooperation Project is a comprehensive six-year academic capacity building project aimed at academic training in trade regulation and building regional research capacities. It was initiated and is funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).

The World Trade Institute (WTI) of the University of Bern, one of the world’s leading centres of graduate study and research in trade governance, was chosen as the project’s implementing agency.


2 Jun 2023 | Publication

Who drives the international standardisation of telecommunication and digitalisation? Introducing a new data set

In a new publication in Global Policy, our WTI non-residential fellow Sebastian Klotz explores this question.

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31 May 2023 | News

Course spotlight: International Energy Law and Governance – 2023 Summer Academy

Learn more about one of the most successful courses of the World Trade Institute's 2023 Summer Academy.

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30 May 2023 | News

Call for exhibitors! Education and job fair at the WTO Public Forum 2023

In the context of the WTO Public Forum 2023 (12-15 September), we're organising an education and job fair: "Opportunities for young professionals". Join us in the search for young talent! Book your stand now!

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26 May 2023 | Event

Join us on Tuesday: Alumni Reunion in Geneva

Calling all WTI Alumni in Geneva and surroundings: Join us next Tuesday, 30 May, for some drinks and networking.

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23 May 2023 | Event

Join the debate! Brown Bag Seminar: "Foreign direct investment and structural transformation in Africa"

Margherita Tambussi, from University of Turin and Collegio Carlo Alberto (Italy), is WTI's guest for the next Brown Bag on the topic of FDIs.

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17 May 2023 | Event

Inauguration of the Sacerdoti / Feliciano Collection of WTO Appellate Body Papers 1995-2009

with a special address by Prof. em. Giorgio Sacerdoti

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16 May 2023 | News

Focus on: International Investment Law and Sustainable Development – 2023 Summer Academy

Learn more about course 9 of the World Trade Institute's 2023 Summer Academy.

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11 May 2023 | Event

Join the conference: Sea level rise and its international law implications for legal certainty, stability and human rights

Register today for the upcoming conference on sea level rise and its consequences for international law.

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9 May 2023 | News

Focus on: International Law and Policy Options for Climate Mitigation – 2023 Summer Academy

In course 8 of our Summer Academy, Nicolas Lockhart and Dominic Coppens will guide you through the legal framework of climate mitigation and its policy options: carbon pricing, subsidies, standards. Are you ready to update your legal and policy knowledge for THE challenge of this century?

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4 May 2023 | News

Focus on: International Contracts Regarding Cross-Borders Trade and Investment – 2023 Summer Academy

Do you want to know more about the legal framework governing international contracts? What different dispute resolution mechanisms there are? Do you want to gain hands-on experience in the interpretation and drafting of typical clauses in international contracts? Then course 6 of our Summer Academy is for you!

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3 May 2023 | News

Memorandum of Understanding with the School of Law of the National University of Mongolia

Today we welcomed H.E. Gerelmaa Davaasuren, Ambassador of Mongolia to the Swiss Confederation, to the United Nations Office and to other international organisations in Geneva.

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2 May 2023 | Event

Brown Bag Seminar: "Pursuing Environmental and Social Objectives through Trade Agreements"

Miriam Manchin, from the Politecnico di Milano, visits the World Trade Institute to present her research on social and environmental provisions in trade agreements.

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1 May 2023 | News

Focus on: Challenges to International Climate Governance – 2023 Summer Academy

Today let's take a deep dive into course 5 of the 2023 WTI’s Summer Academy. From the Kyoto Protocol to the Paris Agreement: learn about the history of climate change cooperation. Discover the policy impact of the latest IPCC reports. Analyse the most important links between trade and climate change: …

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27 Apr 2023 | News

Focus on: Technical Barriers to Trade in Pursuit of Sustainable Development - 2023 Summer Academy

What's the role of international trade to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals? Today we deep dive into course 4 of the WTI's 2023 Summer Academy. Interested? Apply to secure your spot!

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26 Apr 2023 | News

Xi'an Jiaotong University delegation visits the WTI

This Chinese university's visit to Bern marks the beginning of a new academic partnership.

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26 Apr 2023 | News

Bachelor student? Don't miss your chance!

This summer, it's your best chance to specialise in climate change policy and governance with the 4th International Bachelor Summer School for Climate Change Research. Check it out and apply now!

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25 Apr 2023 | Event

Alumna Maxine Kennett (MILE 2) on “Trade Compliance – Not for the faint-hearted”

The World Trade Institute is pleased to welcome back alumna (MILE 2) Maxine Kennett

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25 Apr 2023 | News

Focus on: Non-Trade Concerns in International Trade: Public Health and Labour Standards - 2023 Summer Academy

Today we deep dive into course 7 of the WTI's 2023 Summer Academy. Interested? Apply to secure your spot!

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21 Apr 2023 | News

Job vacancy at the WTI: Associate/Full Professor for International Economic Law with a specialization in Trade Law (100%)

Our Director of Studies, Prof Peter Van den Bossche, is soon retiring from his position at the WTI. We are actively recruiting his successor.

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20 Apr 2023 | Event

GEG Seminar with Prof. Thomas Bernauer: Sustainability Governance of Global Supply Chains

The 5th Global Economic Governance of this semester is on May 8. Don't miss it! Register today!

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