CTEI Research and Projects


Rethinking Stakeholder Participation in International Governance



To what extent do institutional reforms and participation mechanism increase the external stakeholder input in formal and informal governance arrangements? This project will identify the different responses to legitimacy challenges raised by external stakeholders in a series of selected formal and informal governance arrangements, focusing on health and finance.

Geneva International Economic Law Research Sessions (GIELRS)



The Geneva International Economic Law Research Sessions (GIELRS) provide an opportunity to Phd students and other junior researchers working in the field of international economic law (IEL) to present and get feedback on their work.

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Thinking Ahead on International Trade (TAIT)



Thinking ahead on International Trade (TAIT) is a research programme devoted to the analyses of medium-term challenges facing the international trade system in general and the WTO in particular. While founded on scholarship, the analysis is undertaken in association with public and business sector actors.  

Trade and Investment Law Clinic



The Trade and Investment Law Clinic is part of a seminar given by Professor Joost Pauwelyn. It offers an opportunity to analyse WTO dispute settlement rules and jurisprudence through a combination of theory and practice. Working in groups and under supervision, students deal with legal questions coming from real clients, including ICTSD, UNCTAD and OXFAM. Previous law clinic projects can be found here.


Short for “Dispute Settlement in Trade: Training in Law and Economics”, DISSETTLE is an interdisciplinary project that will fund PhD and other young researchers to spend time at one of the five participating universities. It is designed to train a new cohort of economic and legal experts to be prepared and able to work together in formulating trade policy and settling international trade and investment disputes. Its core goal is to cross the current divide between legal and economic expertise.

ProDoc Trade



ProDoc Trade is a Swiss-funded programme that promotes PhD candidates in Economics working on trade related theses. It networks the faculties of the Graduate Institute, of the University of Geneva and of the University of Lausanne together and with several other trade scholars in academina and international institutions.

International Law for a Global Economy



International Law for a Global Economy is a Swiss-funded programme that promotes PhD candidates in law working on trade and investment law or international arbitration. It networks the Centre for Trade and Economic Integration at the Graduate Institute with the Faculty of Law at the University of Geneva and with other institutions throughout Switzerland.

Informal International Law-Making




Geneva Trade and Development Workshop

Spring Semester, 2011


Geneva Lectures on Global Economic Governance



The Geneva Lectures are the centerpiece of a joint initiative of the Centre for Trade and Economic Integration at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and the Global Economic Governance Programme at the University of Oxford.

WTO Moot Court Competition



The European Law Students’ Association (ELSA) organises the Moot Court Competition on International Trade Law. This simulated hearing, based on the World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement system, involves not only law students from the entire world, but also several respected trade law experts and WTO legal officers.

Investment Arbitration Moot Court



The Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot Court Competition takes place in March each year. If you can bring creativity, enthusiasm and a hard-work ethic to next years’ moot court team, you are wholeheartedly encouraged to apply.

The Calculation and Design of Trade Sanctions in WTO Dispute Settlement


18th to 19th July, 2008
The Centre organised a two-day interdisciplinary workshop on the calculation and design of trade sanctions in WTO dispute settlement. Several original papers were commissioned for the conference, and are now published as a volume by Cambridge University Press.