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Upcoming Sessions

Designed for All Trade Practitioners

We no longer live in the world where trade policy means little more than tweaking the tariffs and other border measures that restricted the international movement of goods. Globalization has made our economies more dependent on international sources and foreign markets, and redefined both the subject matter of trade and its ties to other spheres of public policy. In addition to goods, modern trade policymakers must also deal with rules affecting the movement of services, capital, data, and intellectual property rights. They also need to balance commercial objectives with considerations of diplomacy, security, social policy, and the environment, and must be prepared to operate simultaneously at national, bilateral, regional, and multilateral levels.

Trade Policy for Today’s World is designed for legislators, negotiators, litigators, analysts, businesspeople, and activists who must make sense and operate effectively in the face of this array of issues, and institutions. This two-week online program uses blended learning to enhance your ability to analyze, formulate, negotiate, and litigate in this field. Through a combination of interactive sessions and independent work, you will gain a practical approach that improves the core trade policy competencies as well as learn about the latest political and policy developments in this field. Current issues include technological frontiers in e-commerce, global value-chains in an era of tariff wars and Covid-19, U.S.-China frictions, the return of economic nationalism and the rise of populism, deindustrialization, the operation of the WTO and the proliferation of discriminatory alternatives, and demands that a system designed at the close of the Cold War be reformed to address the needs of the 21st century.

Trade Policy for Today’s World integrates theory and practice to provide you with:

  • A solid grounding in the economic, legal, and political dimensions of trade policy
  • A working knowledge of the laws, policy instruments, and procedures in this field
  • A thorough understanding of the institutions and rules of international trade
  • The advanced skill sets needed to devise and pursue national objectives through negotiations and litigation

Format: Live sessions will be conducted via Zoom every Monday through Friday. Additionally, participants will complete asynchronous introductory sessions consisting of recorded material and engage in simulated negotiations and disputes with fellow participants.

View the draft program schedule.