About Us

  • We aim to shape public policy so that international economic governance yields tangi­ble benefits for society
  • We strive to be the world's leading academic institution for studies, teaching and re­search in international trade and investment regulation and economic globalisation and sustainability
  • Who we are - 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. As a centre of excellence at the University of Bern with an international, interdisciplinary focus, we explore the intercon­nections between the fields of law, economics and political science.
    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.
  • Vision - We aim to shape public policy so that international economic governance yields tangible benefits for society. We strive to be the world's leading academic institution for studies, teaching and research in international trade and investment regulation and economic globalisation and sustainability
  • History - 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 financial crisis in 2008 showed the importance of not only a stable and open multilateral trading system under the auspices of the WTO but also organisations and agreements promoting regional integration.
  • Quality assurance and development is important to the World Trade Institute. Our efforts are based on the quality strategy of the University of Bern (Quality Strategy of the University of Bern). With internal course and related reviews and scientific reporting we aim to meet the university guidelines on quality. Selected courses offered by the World Trade Institute in the context of its Master programmes were subject to course evaluation by the faculties of the University of Bern, and have been very positively assessed.
  • One of the WTI’s aims is to contribute to a better understanding of the legal, economic and political framework governing globalisation and sustainable development. We believe innovative responses hold the key to assuring sustainable development. The barriers, limits and costs of mitigation and adaptation to climate change, and their impacts on cross-border trade, have to be understood and assessed. The WTI has an ongoing initiative to develop publicly available indicators of sustainability footprints. This includes CO2 and methane emissions supported by consumer spending, as well as forestry and water resources. Forward-looking analysis of resource dependency in production and consumption is also a part of our research. Related work includes climate-driven migration. Our research and teaching contributes to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and follows the Guidelines of the University of Bern.