The World Trade Institute (WTI) is a leading academic institution dedicated to studies, teaching and research in 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 institute maintains close ties to the Institute of European and International Economic Law (IEW) at the University of Bern.
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 provides graduate study courses and a forum for interdisciplinary research and teaching in international trade law and economics. Fostering interaction between students and professionals, the institute allows researchers and practitioners to establish networks and pool expertise.
In 2005 the WTI became the leading research centre for the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research - NCCR Trade Regulation - which is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and runs until 2017. World Trade Institute hosts an annual World Trade Forum conference where international experts from the fields of law, economy, political science and international relations discuss a contemporary topic related to the world trading system.