Bern, Switzerland

International Investment Law and Policy: Promotion, Protection and Facilitation

when 16 July 2018 - 20 July 2018
language English
duration 1 week
credits 3 EC
fee CHF 1200

This course will analyse the latest trends in the negotiation and implementation of international investment agreements, devoting particular attention to investment promotion and facilitation, as well as the most recent jurisprudence on investment protection. Key differences in the substance of investment protection between bilateral investment treaties and the investment chapters of preferential trade agreements, particularly recent mega-regional agreements such as CETA, the failed TPP, and the pending TTIP, are explored. Alternatives to regulatory fragmentation in investment law are also addressed, including the relationship between investment and trade law and prospects for multilateral rule-making in the investment field.

Course leader

Roberto Echandi, World Bank and Rodrigo Polanco, World Trade Institute

Target group

We accept individuals who have completed an undergraduate degree in law, economics or political science, or in an unrelated field supplemented by relevant working experience. Participants are expected to have a strong command of English and should be ready to read a large amount of material in English both prior to and during the Summer Academy.

Course aim

The WTI Summer Academy covers cutting-edge issues in investment and trade law and policy. It is designed for private and public sector and civil society professionals as well as higher-education students. In lectures, discussions and case studies, renowned experts will teach you how to blend the policy aspects of trade and investment with thorough legal interpretation and economic analysis. Becoming a part of the WTI community, you will establish valuable contacts with fellow-minded professionals and lecturers.

Fee info

CHF 1200: Tuition for one week is 1,200 Swiss francs and for three weeks it is 3,200 Swiss francs.


The WTI does not grant scholarships for the Summer Academy. Financial aid, if needed, should be requested from other donor organisations or institutions.