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Mardi 18 juillet 2017, 17:00 - 18:00

Reclaiming Multilateralism - India and the WTO

Nirmala Sitharaman

Minister of State for Commerce...


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Selected Recent CTEI Working Papers


CTEI Publication


A World Trade Organization for the 21st Century: The Asian Perspective

Published by Edward Elgar, this book is the result of a conference organised by the CTEI in conjunction with the Asian Development Bank Institute and the World Trade Organization.


16 juin 2017

17th Annual Conference on WTO Law

The Graduate Institute’s Centre for Trade and Economic Integration and Georgetown Law were pleased to co-host the 17th  Annual Conference on WTO Law.  A standing room only crowd of WTO diplomats, Secretariat officials, private practitioners, corporate and government officials, academics and students gathered for the event, held at both the Graduate Institute and the World Trade Organization.  Sessions addressed the Globalization Backlash; Free Trade Under Attack; Brexit and the Legal Consequences for Global Trade Relations; U.S. Trade Policy under President Trump; Trade Remedies; and Making Trade Dispute Settlement More Effective and Inclusive.

The full programme is available here.

The conference was characterised by insightful and incisive discussions.

The conference presenters included invited speakers together with a number of “Fresh Voices”, selected by open competition via a call for papers open to junior scholars. The speakers for the panel, “Free Trade Under Attack?”, were selected by the Academic Committee following a call for papers open to junior and scholars. In addition a number of applicants for the Fresh Voice were invited to present posters.  

The 2017 G2 Conference was generously sponsored by Akin Gump; King & Spalding; Mayer Brown; Steptoe & Johnson; Van Bael & Bellis; and White & Case.  It also benefited from academic input and guidance from the Society of International Economic Law, which nominates individuals for the Academic Committee and whose President, Gabrielle Marceau, graciously provided invaluable advice and assistance.

We look forward to continuing the conversation as we plan the 2018 Conference.

22 juin 2017

Student success in WTO trade law contest

Graduate Institute students reached the Final Oral Round of the 15th ELSA Moot Court Competition on WTO Law (EMC2), which took place at Maison de la Paix and the World Trade Organization on 6-11 June.

The EMC2 is a simulated hearing of the substantial rules and dispute settlement procedures under the WTO. Participants work on a mock case, submit written submissions, and present their oral submissions in front of a panel of WTO law and trade experts. Regional rounds brought together over 100 teams, with 22 teams qualifying for the final round.

The Graduate Institute team consisted of 4 students: Ariane Vincent, Elizaveta Bekmanis, Razi Iqbal and Fiona Claire Nicholson. Under the supervision of Team Coach Anastasia Smirnova, Academic Advisor Jan Bohanes and Administrator Hsien (Chuck) Wu, the team went through extensive training on WTO law, legal writing and oral presentations.

Ariane described the experience as “very enriching, offering a range of skill-building opportunities, from putting together written submissions, to putting together a presentation where you have to anticipate being knocked off your feet and adapting it as you go.” Elizaveta said “it was great to go so deep into the legal matter and to receive the written, reasoning and oral training that I couldn’t have got anywhere else.”

The registration period for the 2018 ELSA Moot Court Competition will open in September. Interested students can contact Chuck for more details. A video with Ariane and Elizaveta is below.