The course will run from 3 July to 14 July 2017 and includes 55 hours of class time divided into two weekly sessions (5 hours per day, 5 days a week), including a Round-table discussion at the end of the first week. All lectures will be given in English.

Each weekly session will be taught by leading scholars and practitioners in the field, such as WTO professionals, EU Commission officers, professionals belonging to other international organizations as well as public and private institutions active in international trade.

Attendance at classes is compulsory. Each day of the course, organized in units on a specific topic, will encompass lectures, seminars and case studies concerning the following thematic areas:

1) The Multilateral Trade System. WTO Agreements: Multilateral Agreements on Trade in Goods, Trade in Services (audiovisual, banking services, etc.), Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights. The participation of the EU as a strategic actor to international trade system: some criticalities. The cluster also covers trade remedies, counterfeiting, and dispute settlement mechanisms.

2) International trade and economic theory: economic analysis of trade in goods, international payments and VAT on international exchanges, effects and results of trade liberalization, benefits and effects of the international economic integration; the economic rationale behind the contingency protection measures.

3) European commercial policy post Lisbon (competences and instruments). Modernisation of the EU Trade Defense Instruments. EU preferential trade agreements; EU and its member states participation in the WTO: the distribution of competences; the EU Customs Code. The EU internal market: EU competition policy; subsidies; capital movement. Bilateral cooperation in the field of competition policy: the agreements with the US, Japan and India. The new Free Trade Agreements on goods and services concluded with ACP countries. The European protection of intellectual property.

4) Foreign Direct Investments. The new EU exclusive competence on foreign direct investments. The Draft Regulation establishing a transitional regime for bilateral investment agreements between Member States and third countries. The evolving international law on foreign investments: BITs, multilateral rules, judicial practice. Internal mechanism and bodies for the internationalization of enterprises including export assurance system and financial services: ICE, SACE, SIMEST. International commercial contracts: negotiations and drafting; different typologies of contracts (agency/licensing/selling/joint venture); introduction to the related legal framework. International commercial arbitration.

The participation can be limited to one weekly session.

A draft Program will be available in the following weeks on the website.