WTO is the only international organization dealing with the global rules of trade between nations. The goal of the WTO is to improve the welfare of the people of the Member Countries by ensuring that trade flows as smoothly, predictably and freely as possible. The WTO currently consists of 161 Member Nations. As the WTO was born out of negotiations amongst the former GATT Contracting Parties, everything the WTO Members do are a result of negotiations. Therefore, the WTO, as an intergovernmental institution, is a place where Member governments seek to negotiate trade problems. The John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition therefore supports the WTO’s enforcement of the international trade rules via the Dispute Settlement Understanding system.
The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies is an institution of research and higher education dedicated to the study of world affairs, with a particular emphasis on the cross-cutting fields of international relations and development. Through core activities, the Institute aims to promote international cooperation and make a contribution to the progress of developing societies. The Institute is a cosmopolitan community located in the heart of Geneva, an international city and a centre of global governance. By intensely engaging with international organisations, NGO’s, governments and multinational companies, the Institute participates in global discussions and prepares future policy-makers to lead tomorrow’s world. CTEI is the Graduate Institute’s Centre of Excellence for research on international trade. The Centre brings together research activities of eminent professors of economics, law and political science in the area of trade, economic integration and globalization. The Centre provides a forum for discussion and dialogue between the researcher, including the Institute’s student body and research centres in the developing world, and the international community. The Centre runs research projects and organises events. A core goal of the Centre is to foster genuine, interdisciplinary research and to work across discipline to foster solutions that address the major societal issues of today.
Van Bael & Bellis is a leading independent law firm based in Brussels, with a second office in Geneva exclusively dedicated to WTO matters. With more than 70 lawyers coming from over 20 different countries, the firm is well known for its client-centred approach, commitment to excellence and extensive expertise in EU trade and customs law, free trade agreements and WTO law as well as public international law. The firm’s other main practice area is national and EU competition law where it has consistently ranked among the top EU firms.
Steptoe & Johnson LLP is an international law firm widely recognized for vigorous advocacy in complex litigation and arbitration, successful representation of clients before governmental agencies, and creative and practical advice in guiding business transactions. The firm has more than 500 lawyers and other professionals in offices in Beijing, Brussels, Century City, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York, Palo Alto, Phoenix and Washington.
Sidley Austin LLP is a premier law firm with a practice highly attuned to the ever-changing international landscape. The firm has built a reputation for being an adviser for global business, with more than 2,000 lawyers in 20 offices worldwide. Sidley is committed to providing quality legal services wherever they are needed, including litigation, transactional and regulatory matters spanning virtually every area of law. The firm’s lawyers have diverse legal backgrounds and are dedicated to teamwork, collaboration and superior client service. From our offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia, Sidley Austin LLP assists companies, governments and trade associations worldwide on transactional, regulatory, dispute settlement and policy matters. Success in today’s global marketplace requires an understanding of the rules that govern every aspect of the international economy — from capital movements to trade in goods and services, to intellectual property and product standards. Our team of seasoned negotiators, deal-makers, litigators and policy advisers draws on extensive private sector and government experience to help companies and governments shape these rules and resolve disputes arising under them. Because the United States and the European Union are the world’s most important actors in international trade, we have teams in Washington, D.C. and Brussels. Since the World Trade Organization (WTO) is the focal point for trade rules, we have an office at the WTO headquarters in Geneva dedicated to ensuring that our clients are represented in international negotiations and WTO disputes. Our Washington, Brussels and Geneva offices work closely with colleagues in our Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Singapore offices to provide comprehensive and practical guidance to clients on international trade matters.
Georgetown University Law Center is a global leader in legal education and the preeminent U.S. law school based in the nation’s capital. A world-class faculty of celebrated theorists and leading legal practitioners offers students an unmatched breadth and depth of academic opportunities. Second to none in experiential education, the Law Center’s numerous clinics are deeply woven into the Washington, D.C., landscape. More than 20 centers and institutes forge cutting-edge research and policy resources across fields including health, the environment, human rights, technology, national security and international economics. Georgetown Law equips students to succeed in a rapidly evolving legal environment and to make a profound difference in the world, guided by the school’s motto, “Law is but the means, justice is the end.”
IE shapes leaders with a global vision, an entrepreneurial mindset and a humanistic approach to drive innovation and change in organizations. Students can choose from undergraduate, postgraduate and doctorate programs along with executive education programs. IE has a total of five Schools specialized in specific fields of studies, including a Law School that drives innovation in the legal world, and a School of Global and Public Affairs endorsed by the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC), the OECD, and the International Trade Centre (ITC). Masters’ programs offered by IE include a Master in Legal Tech, a LLM in International Business Law, a Master in International Relations and an Executive Master in Internationalization and Trade, among others.
The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) promotes the economic and social development of its member states and fosters intra-regional integration and international cooperation for Africa’s development. One of its key thematic area is Regional Integration and Trade. The African Trade Policy Centre (ATPC) is a specialized unit within ECA and is the leading Africa-based centre of excellence and is a continental hub that provides and coordinates technical support for the development of trade policies in Africa, in particular the negotiation and implementation of a continental free trade area (CFTA) agreement and the Boosting Intra-African Trade initiative. ATPC works with stakeholders at all levels to enhance the implementation of sound national, regional and international trade strategies, policies and programmes. The Centre also conducts research to generate and disseminate knowledge on trade and provides policy advice, training and capacity-building based on the needs identified by its partners.
The Society of International Economic Law (SIEL) is a membership organization aimed at academics and academically-minded practitioners and officials in the field of IEL, in all parts of the world. SIEL acts as an umbrella organization, fostering coordination, collaboration and debate between IEL scholars and practitioners and national or regional IEL organizations around the world. It will be academically focussed, genuinely global in its reach, and highly inclusive – not only in its membership but also in terms of the expertise and interests of participants. It will focus, at least in the short term, on making links between IEL academics from all parts of the globe, disseminating IEL research, and building an online library of publicly accessible material to facilitate the teaching and learning of IEL worldwide. SIEL aims to involve as many people as we can, particularly younger scholars and those from the developing world. Membership rates have been tailored to be accessible to all, regardless of their location and position.