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Diploma in International Trade Policy

The Professional Diploma in International Trade Policy is aimed at professionals working in or aspiring to work in international trade, who wish to understand the principles, institutions and practices of the global trading system. Students are employed by international bodies, government trade and other ministries/agencies, corporations, industry associations and public affairs consultants/commentators. We offer the most current and practical education and training, taught by world-class experts.

Topics covered include:

  • Why do countries need trade policies?
  • World trade architecture. Role of the WTO and other fora/institutions. Trade/Cooperation agreements and unilateral measures
  • Core principles - MFN, national treatment and transparency
  • The role of major trading partners in the formulation and implementation of trade policy and investment – China, EU, US
  • How do disputes arise and how they are resolved?
  • Status of WTO and FTA in domestic law, in particular the EU
  • Tariffs (classification), quotas and rules of origin
  • Technical barriers to trade
  • Trade in services
  • Intellectual property and competition law
  • Agriculture and SPS
  • Trade remedies, subsidies, anti-dumping
  • Public procurement
  • Balancing trade with non-trade concerns
  • Investment protection and promotion
  • Digital trade
  • Cyber economy
  • Value chains
  • Climate change, environment and sustainability (including production process)
  • Labour conditions
  • Lifecycle and key stages of trade agreements
  • Cultural factors

€ 4,450.00 

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Course presented by:

Dr Thomas Cottier
Dr Thomas Cottier
Dr Hanspeter Tschäni
Dr Hanspeter Tschäni
Dr Peter Van Den Bossche
Dr Peter Van Den Bossche
Valerie Hughes
Valerie Hughes
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The Professional Diploma in International Trade Policy has been developed in close collaboration with the World Trade Institute (WTI). It is under consideration by the University of Bern for the Certificate of Advanced Studies in International Law and Economics, with 12 ECTS credits.

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Course Modules - Step by Step

Day 1 - International Trade Architecture
  • Welcome session
  • Why do countries need trade policies?
  • World trade architecture. Role of the WTO and other fora/institutions. Trade/Cooperation agreements and unilateral measures
  • Core principles - MFN, national treatment and transparency
Day 2 - Formulating Trade Policy & Resolving Disputes
  • The role of major trading partners in the formulation and implementation of trade policy and investment – China, EU, US
  • How do disputes arise and how they are resolved?
  • Status of WTO and FTA in domestic law, in particular the EU
Day 3 - Central Issues – Tariffs and Barriers to Trade
  • Tariffs (classification), quotas and rules of origin
  • Technical barriers to trade

Day 4 - Central Issues – Services, Intellectual Property and Competition
  • Trade in services
  • Intellectual property and competition law
Day 5 - Central Issues - Agriculture and Remedies
  • Agriculture and SPS
  • Trade remedies, subsidies, anti-dumping
Day 6 - Central Issues – Procurement and Non-Trade Matters
  • Public procurement
  • Balancing trade with non-trade concerns
Day 7 - Modern Topics
  • Public procurement
  • Balancing trade with non-trade concerns
Day 8 - Modern Topics
  • Value chains
  • Climate change, environment and sustainability (including production process)
  • Labour conditions
Day 9 - Negotiation Rhythm and Skills
  • Lifecycle and key stages of trade agreements
  • Cultural factors
  • Techniques
  • Case study
  • Role play exercises

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