A partnership with academia

Building knowledge for trade and development

SWITZERLAND - World Trade Institute

Members: 19 members
Coordinator: Peter Van den Bossche
Member type: Core University Members
Member since: 28/04/2009


World Trade Institute
University of Bern
Hallerstrasse 6
3012 Bern

Phone: +41 31 631 32 70

Website: http://www.wti.org

About the WTI: The World Trade Institute (WTI) is a leading academic institution dedicated to studies, teaching and research in international trade and investment regulation and economic globalisation and sustainability. As a centre of excellence at the University of Bern with an international, interdisciplinary focus, we explore the interconnections between the fields of law, economics and political science. The WTI combines graduate-level education, interdisciplinary research and specialised advisory services in a unique and dynamic institution. We recruit students, researchers, faculty and employees from around the world, creating a diverse culture and stimulating environment.

Courses offered:

The WTI offers a wide range of study options for graduates looking to further their knowledge of international trade law and economics.

  • Established in 1999, the Master of International Law and Economics (MILE) is one of the world’s leading programmes of advanced studies in the field of international trade regulation.
  • The TRAIL+ programme at the WTI targets students and professionals with a legal background who are interested in specialising in international economic law with cross-disciplinary study of the global economy and trade and investment agreements.
  • The Doctoral Programme offers Master’s-level graduates in economics, political science and law the opportunity to further their professional and academic careers.
  • The WTI Summer Academy covers cutting-edge issues in investment and trade law and policy. It is designed for private and public sector and civil society professionals as well as higher-education students. Choose the weekly modules you wish to attend from our 'à la carte' offering. You can earn a Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS) or a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in International Law and Economics.
  • Courses à la Carte: The WTI offers a unique opportunity to update and deepen your knowledge of international economic governance and trade and investment by participating in intensive, week-long courses on a wide range of topics. Participants who complete 3 week-long courses à la carte and write a research paper are awarded a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in International Law and Economics. Participants who take 8 week-long courses à la carte and write a research paper are awarded a Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS) in International Law and Economics.

Areas of research expertise: Each of our research projects focuses on issues related to trade, investment and sustainability. Our publications database includes books, book chapters, working papers and journal articles by WTI research staff.

Outreach activities: WTI experts look at the different challenges we face today from an economic, legal and political science perspective. We build networks globally with international institutions and high-profile academic partners and support clients with high quality research-based consultancy advice, training courses and technical assistance. In all our activities we ensure our clients, as well as society as a whole, benefit from the World Trade Institute's global network and the latest academic research insights.