Geneva-based thematic courses

Geneva-based thematic courses focus on one WTO topic or a group of topics, and usually last two weeks. Briefing on WTO work in the topics concerned is an integral part of these courses.


The training places emphasis on interactive learning, practical exercises, case studies and debates. Simulation exercises are often used to offer participants the opportunity to strengthen their skills. At the end of the courses, the participants are expected to have strengthened:

  • their theoretical understanding of WTO-related topic(s) specifically addressed in the course
  • their topic-related skills
  • their confidence to actively engage in topic-related WTO work
  • their capacity to work in teams and in an international environment
  • their network of contacts, including with trainers/experts.

The courses are organized by the ITTC in cooperation with experts from WTO divisions and sometimes with the ad-hoc support of outside consultants or professors. Geneva-based delegates and guest speakers from other organizations active in the specific area of work may also be invited to speak.

Government officials from developing countries, least-developed countries (LDCs), economies in transition and countries seeking to join the WTO are eligible to participate in these courses. Government officials from developed countries are also invited to participate in the thematic courses on dispute settlement rules and procedures, which are organized in line with Article 27.3 of the Dispute Settlement Understanding.

Details of forthcoming courses can be found here.