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Short Course: International Trade Law

Date: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 October, 5, 12, 19, 26 November and 3rd December 2021

Time: 13.00 - 15.00 (UK time)

Venue: Online


Course Outline

The training course in International Trade Law offers an in-depth dynamic and applied knowledge of the regulatory framework of the multilateral trading system, covering both the institutional and substantive law of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The WTO has played a central role in promoting and regulating international trade liberalisation since 1994 and continues to be a major actor in global economic governance.

Delivered by leading academics, practitioners and experts in the field, the training course will offer a practical insight into the most recent developments, at a critical time for international trade law, international governance and connectivity.

By the end of the training course participants will:

Have a clear understanding of the structure, organisation and decision-making procedures of the WTO;

  • Achieve a practical knowledge of the unique dispute settlement system of the WTO;
  • Develop a strong practical understanding of the multilateral trading system, its fundamental principles (non-discrimination, consensus, transparency, access to dispute settlement) as well as the different agreements operating in the framework of the WTO;
  • Be able to discuss the benefits and risks of trade liberalization and think critically about government's approaches in achieving trade liberalization, while continuing to pursue other public policy goals;
  • Gain a critical knowledge of the policy implications of WTO's activities, and of the role of the organization in global economic governance.

Course topics

  • Public International Law and WTO law
  • WTO at Work and Basic Principles
  • WTO Law Enforcement - Dispute Settlement and Beyond
  • WTO Agreements - Trade remedies (Anti-dumping, Countervailing Measures, Safeguards) 
  • WTO Agreements - TBT and SPS
  • WTO Agreements - Agriculture (AoA) and climate change
  • WTO Agreements - Services (GATS)
  • WTO Agreements - TRIPS and Government Procurement
  • Regional Trade Agreements - Trade and Beyond
  • WTO Emerging Issues

Course tutors

Dr. Julinda Beqiraj
Maurice Wohl Senior Fellow in European Law, Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, BIICL

Dr. Leonila Guglya
Lawyer, SwissLegal Rouiller et Associés (Geneva)

Dr. Carlo Gamberale
Counsellor, Market Access Division, WTO

Robert Anderson
Former Counsellor, Intellectual Property Division, WTO

Erik Wijkström
Head of Section for TBT, Trade and Environment Division, WTO

Dr. Doaa Abdel-Motaal
Senior Counsellor, Agriculture and Commodities Division, WTO

Antonia Carzaniga
Counsellor, Trade in Services and Investment Division, WTO

Jesse Kreier
Georgetown University Law Center

Rohini Acharya
Chief of Section, Regional Trade Agreements, WTO

Prof. Gabrielle Marceau
Senior Counsellor, Research Division, WTO

Download the Course Timetable

Format of the Course

The virtual course format will consist of a series of sessions in which live (synchronous) teaching is offered via Zoom. Participants will be able to interact with the tutors and amongst themselves on screen.

Pricing and Registration


Course Discounts

Student Member Discount: 15% discount for student members of BIICL
Details of student membership 

Group Discounts:

  • 15% discount for groups of 3 or more attendees from NGO organisations or staff of government
  • 15% discount for groups of 5 or more attendees from commercial organisations

To apply for any of the group discounts please Contact Us 

Training Scholarships

The British Institute of International and Comparative Law is committed to equality and opportunity in the legal profession and to support greater engagement of under-represented groups in the legal profession.

In our efforts in this regard we are delighted to offer 3 scholarships for each of our short courses to participants from communities and backgrounds currently under-represented in the legal community. Find out more about training scholarships.

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CPD Information

This event offers the equivalent of 20 CPD hours.

A certificate of attendance will be issued to participants attending a minimum of 80% of all sessions.


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