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June 7 – July 2, 2021

Call for Applications

The World Trade Institute of the University of Bern, Switzerland and the Centre for WTO Studies, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, India are pleased to announce the launch of the 2021 WTI-CWS Joint Academy on International Trade Law and Policy ("Joint Academy"), from June 7 – July 2, 2021 through a virtual mode. This 7th edition of the Joint Academy aims to provide law students and legal professionals in India a rare opportunity to deepen their knowledge on aspects of International Trade Law and Policy. Taught by distinguished academics and practitioners from India and abroad, the Joint Academy will equip participants with theoretical and practical insights into various issues relating to international trade law.

The tentative list of resource persons* for the 2021 edition of the Joint Academy is as follows:

· · Prof. Peter Van den Bossche (Director of Studies, WTI Bern and Former Appellate Body Member, WTO)
· · Dr. Arthur E. Appleton (Founding Partner, Appleton Luff International Lawyers, Geneva)
· · Ms. Jayashree Watal (Former Counsellor, WTO)
· · Prof. Jan Bohanes (Advisory Centre on WTO Law, Geneva)
· · Ms. R.V. Anuradha (Founding Partner, Clarus Law Associates)
· · Dr. Prabhash Ranjan (Senior Assistant Professor, South Asian University)
· · Mr. Edwin Vermulst, (Managing Partner, VVGB Advocaten, Brussels)
· · Prof. Abhijit Das (Head, Centre for WTO Studies)
· · Prof. Mukesh Bhatnagar (Professor, Centre for WTO Studies)
· · Prof. Chandni Raina (Adviser, Dept. of Economic Affairs, Govt. of India)
· · Ms. Shailja Singh (Legal Consultant (Associate Professor), Centre for WTO Studies)


Dates: June 7 – July 2, 2021 (Four Weeks)

Mode: Online


Week 1 - Essentials of WTO Law and Policy; Agreement on Agriculture
Week 2 - SPS and TBT; Trade in Services
Week 3 - Trade and IPR; Investment Law
Week 4 - Electronic Commerce; Law & Policy of Trade Remedies


All law students enrolled in any legal course in India, either at the undergraduate or postgraduate level. Preference will be given to students who have prior exposure to issues relating to International Trade Law.

The Joint Academy is also open to Indian legal professionals. In addition, legal professionals can attend specific modules, in a flexible, “à la carte” manner. This option is not available for students.

The maximum number of participants that will be selected for the Joint Academy is 30 (thirty). Past participants are kindly requested not to re-apply.

For more details, read the Joint Academy call for application.

To download the Application Form click here.

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