Institute of International Economic Law


Global Trade Academy: Legal Foundations and New Directions in International Trade - the WTO & Beyond


International Trade is more important now than ever. Georgetown Law’s Institute of International Economic Law (IIEL) held the 11th Academy this Fall, from November 14-18, 2016.

The Global Trade Academy is a pillar of IIEL's Executive Education program with over a decade of experience in training government, NGO, international organization and private sector leaders the world over.  The 2016 iteration of the Academy examined the legal foundations of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and its agreements, with a deep dive into the most cutting-edge global trade issues of the day.

IIEL Executive Education program faculty ask the tough questions, including:

  • What are today’s hot-button international commercial issues?;
  • What are the WTO’s future prospects, policy limitations and lessons for global governance?;
  • What implications may the WTO have for next generation issues like tax and the digital economy?; and
  • How does the WTO relate to other global institutional and transnational actors?

The Curriculum: the Academy examined 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 strengthened participants’ critical thinking about the role of the WTO in solving real-world commercial problems, and addressed fundamental policy challenges.  Participants came 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
  • Agriculture
  • General and Specific Exceptions
  • Intellectual Property Protection
  • Relationship to Other Trade & Investment Agreements
  • WTO Dispute Settlement

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

  • Trade, Environment & Climate Change
  • Investment Issues
  • International Monetary Affairs and Financial Regulation
  • The Digital Economy – Digital Trade, Privacy & FinTech
  • Hot-button International Tax Issues
  • Developing Country Issues & Interests
  • WTO & Other Trade Negotiations
  • Ethical Issues in Global Transactions

Academy Faculty hailed from diverse backgrounds, including academia, government, law firms, the diplomatic corps, the corporate world, and NGOs.  All are global trade experts, and many presenters have a rich background negotiating international trade agreements in all of the areas at issue. 

Academy Participants always 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

Looking forward to next year: 2017 program dates will be November 13-17, 2017. Who should attend? This Executive Education program is designed to build capacity to take advantage of the multilateral trading system, by training embassy staff, 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, space may be limited.  Therefore, early registration is recommended. Because the Global Trade Academy is a seminar-style Executive Education program, Georgetown Law students who are interested in participating should reach out to the Institute to further discuss.


2016 Brochure

2016 Global Trade Academy Program Schedule & Speakers

2016 Registration Form

2016 Fee Schedule

Hotel Information:

Hyatt Regency Washington DC on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001
Please click here and ensure that Corporate Code 58549 is entered when making online reservations, or refer to that code when calling for reservations.

The Liaison Capitol Hill, An Affinia Hotel
415 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 638-1616
When calling for reservations, ask for the Georgetown Rate.

The Hotel George
15 E Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 347-4200 or (800) 576-8331
When calling for reservations, ask for the Georgetown Rate.


To read more about the Academy, see the article, Celebrating 10 Years in the Spring/Summer issue of the Georgetown Law magazine.

Contact us:

Please reach out to Christine Washington, IIEL’s Director of Programs & External Affairs, or Jacquelyn Williams, IIEL's Program Associate, for more information or with any questions.

Thank you for your interest in IIEL Executive Education.  We look forward to welcoming you to campus!

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