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Short Course: International Trade Law

Course Outline

This course 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.

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Indicative course topics

  • WTO at Work and Basic Principles
  • WTO Law Enforcement - Dispute Settlement and Beyond 
  • Regional Trade Agreements - Trade and Beyond 
  • WTO Agreements - TBT and SPS 
  • WTO Agreements - Agriculture (AoA) and climate change 
  • WTO Agreements - Trade remedies (Anti-dumping, Countervailing Measures, Safeguards) 
  • WTO Agreements - TRIPS and Government Procurement 
  • Developing countries' perspectives at the WTO
  • WTO Agreements - Services (GATS) 
  • WTO - emerging issues

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 (including VAT).

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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