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 World Trade Institute (WTI) is a leading academic institution dedicated to studying and teaching on the subject of international trade regulation and investment. 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.
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The majority of students choose to book a room with the Bernese Student Lodging Association or find a room in a shared apartment. The World Trade Institute unfortunately cannot provide accommodation.
The library lends books strictly in-house and is divided into three sections: monographs, periodicals, and loose-leaf. In addition, it houses a collection of reports and decisions by the European Court of Justice as well as a wide variety of WTO-related materials.