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.
Hogan Lovells is a leading global law firm that is well-equipped to solve the toughest legal issues in major industries and commercial centers around the world. Whether you’re expanding into new markets, considering capital from new sources, or dealing with increasingly complex regulation or disputes, we can help.
Operating in today’s global marketplace means addressing a full range of international trade and investment matters. Our top-tier international trade and investment practice has been lauded by Chambers USA, Chambers Global, and by The Legal 500 for its breadth, depth, and real world approach to clients’ toughest challenges. Our practice includes navigating multilateral and regional trade agreements, advocating before the WTO, addressing export and import control restrictions, litigating trade remedies cases, managing customs and border security issues, and complying with anti-corruption laws. What sets us apart is our combination of in-depth industry understanding and our experience working with a wide range of government officials in the U.S., EU, and Asia.
Hogan Lovells is pleased to support the ELSA Moot Court competition. We applaud the competitors and organizers for their passionate dedication to this important moot.
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 attuned to the ever-changing international landscape. The firm advises clients around the globe, with more than 2,000 lawyers in 20 offices worldwide. Sidley maintains a commitment to providing quality legal services and to offering advice in transactional, regulatory and dispute resolution matters spanning virtually every area of law. The firm’s lawyers have wide-reaching legal backgrounds and are dedicated to teamwork, collaboration and superior client service.
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 Master of Laws in International Economic Law and Policy (LL.M. IELPO) is a world-class program featuring 10 months of learning from many of the most renowned experts drawn from leading law and economics faculties, international organizations, law firms 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 Africa, the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe. The IELPO LL.M. proves 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 organisations.
The World Trade Institute (WTI) is a leading academic institution dedicated to teaching and research focused on international trade and investment regulation and economic globalisation and sustainability. Its aim is to shape public policy so that international economic governance yields tangible benefits for society. As a centre of excellence at the University of Bern with an international, interdisciplinary focus, the WTI explores the interconnections between the fields of law, economics and political science. Since 1999, its Master of International Economic Law (MILE) programme has been one of the world’s leading programmes of advanced studies in the field of international trade regulation. Over 500 MILE alumni work for international organisations, government ministries, academic institutions, global companies and internationally operating law firms. Recently, the WTI launched a new combined LL.M. and DAS programme, the TRAIL+. It targets students and professionals with a legal background who are interested in specialising in international economic law with cross-disciplinary study of the global economy and trade and investment agreements.
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.