The World Trade Institute (WTI) was established in 1999 and conducts advanced studies in international trade at the University of Bern. Managing Director of the WTI until the end of 2014 is Prof. Thomas Cottier. Prof. Joseph Francois will be the Managing Director from January 1st 2015 onwards.
The WTI is a centre of excellence of the University of Bern, Switzerland. It is one of the world’s leading academic institutions dedicated to international trade. The WTI transcends boundaries. We fuse law, economics and international relations in interdisciplinary research, training, advisory work and technical assistance in Switzerland and abroad.
The WTI was the first, and is the most experienced institution in the world offering a specialised postgraduate degree in the law and economics of international trade regulation, through our flagship Master of International Law and Economics (MILE) programme. Students benefit from our extraordinary global faculty, consisting of leading scholars and practitioners drawn from the ranks of the world’s most prominent universities, policy research institutions, law firms and international organisations. We equip students with the practical skills and knowledge to meet the challenges of global governance.
As host institution of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research on Trade Regulation, the WTI is at the core of a global research network connecting our students to researchers, practitioners and our own alumni in the field. Its purpose is to develop innovative policy recommendations, which reflect a better balance between economic and other regulatory objectives. The WTI closely cooperates with and shares its premises with the Institute of European and International Economic Law.
Located at the heart of Europe:
We are located at the heart of Europe in Switzerland’s capital – a UNESCO World Heritage site – and are well connected with international organisations, government agencies, and leading trade law firms in Geneva and Brussels. Students and researchers learn and work in an environment of stimulating intellectual excitement and innovative research.
Prof. Thomas Cottier is the Managing Director of the WTI until the end of 2014, followed by Prof. Joseph Francois who will be the Managing Director of the WTI from January 1st 2015 on. Prof. Manfred Elsig is the WTI's Deputy Managing Director and Associate Professor of International Relations.
World Trade Institute (WTI)
University of Bern
Hallerstrasse 6
3012 Bern
Phone: 0041 (0)31 631 32 70

Margrit Vetter
Head of Administration
Phone: 0041 31 631 32 70