Model World Trade Organization Are you interested in acquiring first-hand knowledge about the World Trade Organization (WTO) and in spending a week chairing a negotiation on a current topic of international trade diplomacy, while earning 6 ECTS over two semesters? The Model WTO is a simulation of WTO trade negotiations. The event has been organized by a student team from the University of St.Gallen since 1997. It is a week-long event and takes place in St.Gallen and Geneva. The 24th edition is expected to be held after Easter 2021. The Model WTO provides you with a unique opportunity to engage with more than 70 students from all over the world as well as various experts, i.e. senior WTO Members' trade diplomats, WTO Secretariat officials, academics and researchers. Next yearʹs theme has yet to be determined. The Model WTO course prepares a small group of 12 - 14 Bachelor students for their role as chairpersons of a WTO negotiating committee in the simulation. The course extends over two semesters, Autumn Semester 2020 and Spring Semester 2021, and is taught by a senior WTO Secretariat official. It usually includes an excursion to the WTO Secretariat in Geneva. This course is a great opportunity to acquire and practise skills in diplomatic negotiations and public speaking. Please note that alternative arrangements, including a virtual (online) event, may need to be considered depending on the Covid19 situation. The organisers also reserve the right to cancel the event for the same reason. Profile of Candidates You should bring an interest in interdisciplinary study and work, and more specifically international trade policy, international trade law, international trade economics and international trade diplomacy. As the WTO is all about governments working together to achieve common economic goals, an interest in international intergovernmental organizations like the WTO and government-to-government economic cooperation and relations is also expected. A desire to learn about and practise international negotiations and diplomacy is necessary, as you will be expected to chair a Model WTO committee with the mandate to conduct international trade negotiations on a specific topic. Participation Requirements Strong oral and written English skills. You have to be able to commit two semesters, Autumn Semester 2020 and Spring Semester 2021, and cannot be on exchange during those semesters. Mandatory participation in the Model WTO 2021 in April 2021. Course participants are exempt from the Model WTO fee (CHF 380). Majors in Law and Majors in Law and Economics are currently not eligible to earn credits for this course, but it is expected that this will change as from the Autumn Semester 2021. Application Deadline and Documents Please send your CV, TOEFL® score (if available), your current grade transcript and a motivational letter in English to: firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for applications to join the course is 1 September 2020. There is no bidding for this course. You can find further information on how to apply here. Course Requirements Written examination [40% of final grade]: One hour open-book; last week of the Autumn Semester 2020 Group examination paper [40% of final grade]: Groups of two students, with each group member given the same grade. The length of the paper is 20 pages. The deadline is probably in late March with four to six weeks time to prepare the paper. Participation [20% of final grade]: Passive and active course participation plus mandatory participation in the week-long Model WTO as chair of a committee.