The institute was founded upon the conclusion of the Uruguay Round of the GATT and the advent of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 1995. It was established in 1999 to train future practitioners and researchers from all over the world and to strengthen research capacities in areas that have an increasing impact on people's lives.
The WTI combines graduate-level education, interdisciplinary research and specialised advisory services in a unique and dynamic institution. We recruit students, researchers, faculty and employees from around the world, creating a diverse culture and stimulating environment.
Research is a main strand of the WTI's work. See below for a list of research projects arranged under the three main thematic areas of trade, investment and sustainability, as well as information on past projects.
The majority of students choose to book a room with the Bernese Student Lodging Association or find a room in a shared apartment. The World Trade Institute unfortunately cannot provide accommodation.
The library lends books strictly in-house and is divided into three sections: monographs, periodicals and loose-leaf. In addition, it houses a collection of reports and decisions by the European Court of Justice as well as a wide variety of WTO-related materials.
Swiss law mandates that you have health insurance during your stay in Switzerland. In the first week of the MILE and TRAIL+ programme, we'll invite a representative of a Swiss health insurer to hold a presentation. You will be able to sign up for health insurance right after the presentation. Alternatively, special plans for temporary residents can be found on the internet.
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