Summer Programme on Global Trade Governance
Economics, Law and Politics

Programme
 

Key issues in international trade with a focus on 3 areas:
 

  • International Institutions such as the World Trade Organisation and its legal framework, UNCTAD and new fora of global economic governance

  • The economics of free trade and its political implications for developing countries

  • Case Studies on new issues in Development and Trade such as informal mechanisms of governance, standards and norms, trade and the green economy etc. 

The importance of the WTO Dispute Settlement Mechanism will be examined, through a visit of the WTO with legal officials and case studies exploration with lawyers from the Geneva trade.

How trade works for development, and how the development paradigm poses particular challenges to a free-trade regime like the WTO. Covering trade in Manufacturing, trade in Agricultural products and trade in Services, this week will integrate the economic perspectives in favour of trade, the legal frameworks within which trade liberalisation takes place, and the political implications that restrict and drive liberalisation.

The programme will also evaluate the role of civil society and private initiatives on the free-trade mechanisms and the promotion intellectual property rights.

The course will develop  new governance mechanisms such informal setting for dispute settlement amoung countries. 

Lectures and discussions will focus on the many dimensions of the challenges faced by trade analysts and negotiators in these domains: the reasons why countries open their economies to trade and the reasons why they protect domestic industry; the means and pathways they choose to either open or protect their economies; what these considerations mean for the multilateral trading system; and their implications for economic development.

Throughout the programme, an interdisciplinary approach allows students to acquire knowledge in International Law, Political Science, International Relations, International Economics and History.

Format : 26 hours of classes per week over 2 weeks

  • Lectures with Faculty members from the Graduate Institute, Geneva
  • Afternoon workshops and visits of international organisations
  • Small-group study and simulations
  • Roundtable on hot topic of international affairs
  • Individual advising on post-graduate studies and career in international affairs
  • Social events (optional) : discovery of the city of Geneva and friendly evenings with participants
Lectures and discussions will focus on the many dimensions of the challenges faced by trade analysts and negotiators in these domains: the reasons why countries open their economies to trade and the reasons why they protect domestic industry; the means and pathways they choose to either open or protect their economies; what these considerations mean for the multilateral trading system; and their implications for economic development.