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Global Trade Academy: Legal Foundations and New Directions of the Global Trading System


Global Trade Academy: Legal Foundations and New Directions of the Global Trading System

Georgetown Law’s Institute of International Economic Law (IIEL) offers leading professionals and policymakers around the world an Executive Education program on the Law & Policy of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Since its founding in 2006, the Global Trade Academy, based in the heart of Washington, DC, has provided the space, time and expertise to deepen one’s technical and policy knowledge concerning the legal obligations of the WTO and its agreements, how the WTO operates as an institution, and how WTO law informs the decision making and policy responses of national governments. By design, the program helps participants build their capacity to engage successfully in the multilateral trading system. We welcome lawyers, government officials, diplomats, academics and others – including those from developing countries and economies in transition. 

IIEL has provided executive-level training on the WTO and the international trading system for over a dozen years. Our “Global Trade Academy: Legal Foundations and New Directions of the Global Trading System” revisits key questions relating to the relevance and influence of the WTO, as well as investigates its impact on other areas of national, regional and international economic policy. Accordingly, the program is grounded in a thorough understanding of the WTO as a pivotal tool in the international economic system, while also evaluating the operation of international economic law as a whole. 

Academy faculty ask the tough questions, such as: 

What are today’s hot-button international commercial issues?

What are the WTO’s future prospects?

How well are its dispute mechanisms working?

What is the future of the Appellate Body? and

How does the WTO relate to other global institutional and transnational commercial actors? 

Participants come away with an excellent understanding of all of the requisite WTO fundamentals, including: 

The Structure & Origins of the WTO

Foundational Principles

Nuts & Bolts re: Trade in Goods & Trade in Services


General and Specific Exceptions

Intellectual Property Protection

Relationship to Other Trade & Investment Agreements

WTO Dispute Settlement

 Academy participants will explore the most pressing global trade issues of the day within and beyond the WTO system, such as: 

Trade, Environment & Climate Change

Investment Issues

The Digital Economy - Digital Trade, Privacy & Fintech

Hot-button International Tax Issues

Developing Country Issues & Interests

Ongoing Mega-regional and Plurilateral Trade Negotiations

Export Controls, Sanctions and Transparency Requirements

Ethical Issues in Global Transactions

Who Should Attend: 

Government officials and policymakers

Diplomats & Embassy staff

Private practitioners

In-house legal counsel

Legislators and legislative staff

Business leaders

International economic law specialists in think tanks, foundations, unions and trade associations

Representatives of intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations

Academics, doctoral candidates and other advanced students of international economic law

 Program Features:

Efficient condensed program for busy professionals

Prominent international economic law experts on faculty

Seminar setting and opportunity for in-depth discussion of current international economic law & policy issues across a multitude of international economic law disciplines

Networking opportunities

Georgetown’s global leadership position in international economic law

Washington, DC location


“The program was excellently designed and delivered. It was suitable for WTO experts and non-experts (like me). The quality of the sessions and speakers was extremely high. I would recommend the program to anyone who wants to improve their understanding of the WTO, its Agreements and how they are used and interpreted.” Academy alumnus, UK

Refunds and Cancellations

Registrants who are unable to attend the Academy must provide written notice of their intent to cancel to Georgetown Law at bGF3aWllbCB8IGdlb3JnZXRvd24gISBlZHU=.  Full tuition will be reimbursed less a $200 administrative fee, where a written notice of cancellation is received by February 4, 2019.  Half tuition will be reimbursed, less a $200 administrative fee, where a written notice of cancellation is received by February 7, 2019.  Any refund requests after this date will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

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