IIEL Executive Education – the WTO Academy
The WTO Academy: Legal Foundations & New Directions in Global Trade
Save the Date: November 14 - 18, 2016.
Georgetown Law’s Institute of International Economic Law (IIEL) will hold the 11th Academy in Fall 2016, from November 14-18.
The 2016 program combines the Academy’s traditional focus on the legal foundations and constitutional underpinnings of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and its agreements, with a deep dive into the most cutting-edge WTO-related global trade issues of the day. IIEL Executive Education program faculty ask the tough questions, including:
- What are today’s hot-button issues?
- What are the WTO’s future prospects?
- How well are its dispute mechanisms working? and
- How does the WTO relate to other global institutional and transnational commercial actors?
The Curriculum: the Academy examines the legal obligations and policy underpinnings of the WTO and its agreements, in the context of how the WTO operates and how it relates to national governments. It strengthens participants’ critical thinking about the role of the WTO in solving real-world commercial problems, and addresses fundamental policy challenges. Participants come away with an excellent understanding of all of the requisite 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 and how they relate to the WTO system, such as:
- Trade, Environment & Climate Change
- WTO & Investment Issues
- WTO, International Monetary Affairs and Financial Regulation
- WTO & the Digital Economy – Digital Trade, Privacy & FinTech
- WTO & Taxation
- Developing Country Issues & Interests
- WTO & Other Trade Negotiations
- Ethical Issues in Global Transactions
Academy Faculty hail from diverse backgrounds, including academia, government, law firms, the diplomatic corps, the corporate world, and NGOs. All are global trade experts, and many presenters negotiated the WTO Agreements at issue. 2015 Academy Speaker Bios are HERE.
Academy Participants represent a wide variety of institutions. Recent attendees have hailed from organizations including:
- Canadian International Trade Tribunal
- Embassy of Canada
- Embassy of Spain
- Embassy of New Zealand
- European Commission
- Export-Import Bank of the United States
- General Electric
- Government of Canada-Department of Industry
- Numerous private law firms from the United States and abroad
- New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
- U. S. Department of Agriculture
- U.S. Department of Commerce
Who should attend? This non-degree program is designed to build capacity to take advantage of the multilateral trading system, by training legal professionals, trade policy officials, members of the international business, IGO and NGO communities, academics, and others – including those from developing countries and transition economies. A law or economics degree is not necessary to attend.
In order to enhance each participant's learning experience and preserve a seminar-like environment, space may be limited. Therefore, early registration is recommended.
2016 Program Information:
2016 Program information will be available shortly.
2015 Program Information:
2015 Academy Schedule HERE.
2015 Syllabus HERE.
2015 Fee Schedule HERE (includes group discounts and discounts for early registration).
If you would like additional information, have any questions, or would like to be placed on the mailing list, please contact us at the coordinates below. Thank you for your interest in IIEL Executive Education. We look forward to welcoming you to campus soon!
Christine Q. Washington, F’91, JD
Director, Programs & External Affairs
Institute of International Economic Law
Georgetown Law / Georgetown University
600 New Jersey Avenue, NW - Williams Library, 512
Washington, DC 20001-2075
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