Autumn School: Trade Policy

Understanding the essentials of EU Trade Law, WTO and the EU’s trade agreements

Bruges, Belgium
23 – 26 October 2017

About the Course

In addressing the trade policy concerns of today’s professionals, the College of Europe has redesigned its Trade Policy course updating it especially vis-à-vis the EU’s trade negotiations with other large trading blocks, such as the USA and Canada for example. The main purpose of the seminar is to ensure that participants are thoroughly acquainted with the main aspects of EU Trade law and policy, WTO-related issues, and the role played by the EU in the global trade arena.

This four-day seminar gives a thorough and detailed introduction to trade law and policy and the WTO.
The programme includes a broad overview of the sources, structure and basic principles of international trade law, as well as its main actors and subjects. It offers participants a comprehensive analysis of the types of bilateral and plurilateral trade agreements as well as the EU’s trade policies and aspirations in a geopolitical sense.

Which methodology is used?

The programme combines training methodologies requiring active participation and guaranteeing a strong interaction among professionals:

  • Dynamic training sessions examining theoretical and practical aspects of trade policy and law;
  • Exercises and case studies designed to challenge and develop essential analytical skills ;
  • Individual and collective feedback giving participants the opportunity to maximise their personal learning experience;
  • Active debate among and between experts and participants;
  • A practical course folder provided during the training which includes course information, outlines and the main points of each topic, and key legal sources.

Why participate?

Through this programme, participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Improve, extend and update their knowledge and understanding of the EU’s trade policy and international trade law;
  • Identify the legal implications of international trade issues;
  • Debate over current contentious issues, such as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP);
  • Place any problem of legal nature in the right context and develop appropriate solutions;
  • Obtain cutting-edge advice and insights from high-level lecturers, with experience working for the EU institutions and/or the WTO;
  • Strengthen their legal and economic analysis skills through practical exercises;
  • Enjoy a unique opportunity to learn in a multicultural environment and extend their personal and professional network;
  • Receive a certificate from the College of Europe upon successful completion of the course.