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Short Course: International Trade Law

Course Outline

This training course in International Trade Law offers an in-depth, dynamic and applied knowledge of the regulatory framework of the multilateral trading system, and of the complex interplay between trade and other general public interests, such as public health, environmental protection, human rights, labour standards, development, investment etc.

After providing a general overview of the institutional and substantive law of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and of the agreements operating under its umbrella, dedicated sessions of the course will explore the intersection between international trade and other areas of public international law in the light of existing international agreements and the WTO jurisprudence.

The training course is delivered by leading academics and practitioners in the field. It offers a practical insight into the most recent developments, at a critical time for international trade law, by exploring and discussing the interconnectedness of global economic, social, and political systems.

By the end of the training course participants will:

  • Have a clear understanding of the structure, organisation and decision-making procedures 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 underpinning international trade;
  • Be able to understand and critically discuss the legal frameworks that provide the foundation for regulating and promoting international trade while balancing economic interests with broader societal objectives and values;
  • Be able to discuss the benefits and challenges of trade liberalization and think critically about governments' 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, alongside other international organisations.

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Indicative course topics

  • The WTO I: institutional structure and basic principles
  • The WTO II: overview of the main agreements - basic principles and differences
  • The WTO III: Dispute Settlement and beyond
  • Negotiating trade agreements
  • Free trade agreements
  • Trade and subsidies
  • Trade and food security
  • Trade and health
  • Trade, environment and climate change
  • Trade peace and security (incl. sanctions)
  • Trade and intellectual property
  • Trade and investments

Testimonials from past attendees

"A very meaningful course, well thought-of structure, good quality resource persons, very engaging and professionally delivered."

Course format

This course is offered as an online course providing 10 x 2 hours sessions.

Course cost

The course cost is £775 per person.

Course Discounts

Member discount: 15% discount for individual members of BIICL
Details of individual memberships at BIICL 

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

*Course cost is subject to change 


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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