WTO is the only international organization dealing with the global rules of trade between nations. The goal of the WTO is to improve the welfare of the people of the Member Countries by ensuring that trade flows as smoothly, predictably and freely as possible. The WTO currently consists of 161 Member Nations. As the WTO was born out of negotiations amongst the former GATT Contracting Parties, everything the WTO Members do are a result of negotiations. Therefore, the WTO, as an intergovernmental institution, is a place where Member governments seek to negotiate trade problems. The ELSA Moot Court Competition (EMC2) on WTO Law therefore supports the WTO’s enforcement of the international trade rules via the Dispute Settlement Understanding system.
The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies is an institution of research and higher education dedicated to the study of world affairs, with a particular emphasis on the cross-cutting fields of international relations and development. Through core activities, the Institute aims to promote international cooperation and make a contribution to the progress of developing societies. The Institute is a cosmopolitan community located in the heart of Geneva, an international city and a centre of global governance. By intensely engaging with international organisations, NGO’s, governments and multinational companies, the Institute participates in global discussions and prepares future policy-makers to lead tomorrow’s world. CTEI is the Graduate Institute’s Centre of Excellence for research on international trade. The Centre brings together research activities of eminent professors of economics, law and political science in the area of trade, economic integration and globalization. The Centre provides a forum for discussion and dialogue between the researcher, including the Institute’s student body and research centres in the developing world, and the international community. The Centre runs research projects and organises events. A core goal of the Centre is to foster genuine, interdisciplinary research and to work across discipline to foster solutions that address the major societal issues of today.
Van Bael & Bellis is a leading independent law firm based in Brussels. Established in 1986, the firm houses a multinational team of lawyers who regularly advise a diverse group of clientele ranging from multinational corporations and government bodies to international trade associations and global law firms. Since its inception, the firm has developed a reputation as having one of the most skillful teams of lawyers centred in Europe with a global reach. Van Bael & Bellis is well known for its client-centred approach, its commitment to excellence and its extensive expertise in EU and national competition law, EU trade and customs law, EU regulatory law as well as Belgian business law. With nearly 70 lawyers from 20 countries, the firm offers clients a highly effective team of professionals with multi-jurisdictional expertise and an international perspective. Van Bael & Bellis has a second office in Geneva exclusively dedicated to WTO work. More information can be found on the website.
Celebrating more than 125 years of service, King & Spalding is an international law firm that represents a broad array of clients, including half of the Fortune Global 100, with 800 lawyers in 18 offices in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The firm has handled matters in over 160 countries on six continents and is consistently recognized for the results it obtains, uncompromising commitment to quality and dedication to understanding the business and culture of its clients.
Mayer Brown is a leading global law firm advising clients across the Americas, Europe and Asia. The firm is known for its client-focused approach to providing creative solutions to complex problems on behalf of businesses, governments and individuals. Our presence in the world’s leading markets enables us to offer clients access to local market knowledge combined with global reach. Our International Trade lawyers and practice professionals offer strategic advice, advocacy and litigation services to governments, trade associations and leading multinational companies that are seeking to profit from the opportunities presented by a global economy while mitigating the risks inherent in an increasingly complex regulatory environment. Our World Trade Organization (WTO) team advises governments and corporate clients on the full range of WTO rules that regulate trade in goods, services, and intellectual property. We have hands-on and in-depth experience with WTO dispute settlement proceedings, multilateral and bilateral trade negotiations, WTO accession, strategic trade and customs advice, and market access strategies.
Sidley Austin LLP is a premier law firm with a practice highly attuned to the ever-changing international landscape. The firm has built a reputation for being an adviser for global business, with 1,900 lawyers in 19 offices worldwide. Sidley maintains a commitment to providing quality legal services and to offering advice in transactional, regulatory and litigation matters spanning virtually every area of law. From our offices throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, Sidley’s International Trade and International Arbitration groups assist companies, governments and trade associations worldwide on transactional, regulatory, dispute settlement and policy matters. Success in the global marketplace requires an understanding of the rules that today govern every aspect of the international economy. Our team of seasoned negotiators, dealmakers, litigators and policy advisers draws on extensive private sector and government experience to help companies and governments shape international trade and investment rules and resolve investor-state and cross-border commercial disputes. Combined with the firm’s broad-based transactional services, our international trade and arbitration capabilities are a critical component to offering seamless global solutions to our clients.
Steptoe & Johnson LLP is an international law firm widely recognized for vigorous advocacy in complex litigation and arbitration, successful representation of clients before governmental agencies, and creative and practical advice in guiding business transactions. The firm has more than 500 lawyers and other professionals in offices in Beijing, Brussels, Century City, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York, Palo Alto, Phoenix and Washington.
Supporting our clients around the globe White & Case is a truly global law firm, uniquely positioned to help our clients achieve their ambitions in today’s G20 world. As a pioneering international law firm, our cross-border experience and diverse team of local, US and English-qualified lawyers consistently deliver results for our clients. In both established and emerging markets, our lawyers are integral, long-standing members of the community, giving our clients insights into the local business environment alongside our experience in multiple jurisdictions. We work with some of the world’s most respected and well-established banks and businesses, as well as start-up visionaries, governments and state-owned entities.
The University of Barcelona’s new Master of Laws in International Economic Law and Policy (LL.M. IELPO) features 9 months of learning from many of the most renowned experts drawn from leading law and economics faculties, international organizations, and research centres around the world. The IELPO programme revolves around 7 teaching modules whose aim is to equip participants with in-depth knowledge and the analytical tools required of cutting-edge practitioners in all major fields of international legal and economic governance today. While the programme’s core foundation remains legal in character, a unique feature of the IELPO LL.M. is to provide students with the means of applying a pluri-disciplinary approach to problem solving, allowing them to draw on the key insights of legal, economic and international political economy the issues covered by the programme. A unique feature of the programme also lies in its emphasis on comparative dynamics, providing students with a robust understanding of the various forces shaping international economic governance in the Americas, Europe and Asia. The IELPO LL.M. will prove attractive to students with a background in law, economics and/or international relations and whose professional interests include international legal practice, economic diplomacy, public sector consulting as well as careers in leading regional and international organizations.
The World Trade Institute (WTI) was established in 1999 and conducts advanced studies in international trade at the University of Bern in beautiful Switzerland. Managing Director of the WTI is Prof. Joseph Francois. The WTI combines graduate-level education, interdisciplinary research and specialised advisory services into a unique and dynamic institution. We recruit students, researchers, faculty and employees from around the world, creating a diverse and engaging environment. Research is conducted in close collaboration with NCCR Trade Regulation. Our main objective is to push the boundaries of teaching and research in the law, economics and politics of international trade.
The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) promotes the economic and social development of its member states and fosters intra-regional integration and international cooperation for Africa’s development. One of its key thematic area is Regional Integration and Trade. The African Trade Policy Centre (ATPC) is a specialized unit within ECA and is the leading Africa-based centre of excellence and is a continental hub that provides and coordinates technical support for the development of trade policies in Africa, in particular the negotiation and implementation of a continental free trade area (CFTA) agreement and the Boosting Intra-African Trade initiative. ATPC works with stakeholders at all levels to enhance the implementation of sound national, regional and international trade strategies, policies and programmes. The Centre also conducts research to generate and disseminate knowledge on trade and provides policy advice, training and capacity-building based on the needs identified by its partners.
Founded in 1996, the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) is an independent non-profit organisation based in Geneva, Switzerland. The goal of the organisation is to advance sustainable development through trade-related policy making. Trade-related policy frameworks can serve as powerful drivers of sustainable development in global policy making and global inclusion if those engaged in negotiations incorporate emerging knowledge on economic, environmental, and social issues. In doing so, they are empowered to better understand their own interests, build bridges to others, and advance mutually acceptable solutions. ICTSD’s vision is a sustainable world, supported by national, regional, and international trade policy and frameworks that support inter-generational equity.
The Society of International Economic Law (SIEL) is a membership organization aimed at academics and academically-minded practitioners and officials in the field of IEL, in all parts of the world. SIEL acts as an umbrella organization, fostering coordination, collaboration and debate between IEL scholars and practitioners and national or regional IEL organizations around the world. It will be academically focussed, genuinely global in its reach, and highly inclusive – not only in its membership but also in terms of the expertise and interests of participants. It will focus, at least in the short term, on making links between IEL academics from all parts of the globe, disseminating IEL research, and building an online library of publicly accessible material to facilitate the teaching and learning of IEL worldwide. SIEL aims to involve as many people as we can, particularly younger scholars and those from the developing world. Membership rates have been tailored to be accessible to all, regardless of their location and position.