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Master of International Law and Economics (MILE)
and Summer Program
World Trade Institute at the University of Berne, Switzerland


Address World Trade Institute, Hallerstrasse 6, 3012 Berne, Switzerland
Tel. No. +41 31 631 32 70
Fax No. +41 31 631 36 30
E-mail address
Web address
Course Master of International Law and Economics (MILE)
Type of course Graduate Program, Tailor-Made Courses and Summer Program
Length of course Master: 10 months (or weekly courses)
Summer Program: 4 weeks
Start date October
Class size Approximately 35 students
Cost/Fees 30,000 CHF (with a few scholarships available)
Accommodation Housing is available through University of Berne
Internship Although there are no organizations affiliate with the WTI as part of an internship program, students have found internships at:
Baker & McKenzie
European Commission (DG Trade)
International Trade Centre
The Commonwealth Secretariat
The South Centre
Vermuslt, Waer & Verhaeghe
World Bank
World Trade Organization
Student profile WTI students come from Australia, Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and South America. They may either be recent university graduates or professionals from, inter alia, government agencies, law firms, and consulting firms.
Admissions requirements
The application consists of a duly-accomplished application form, two letters of recommendation and a curriculum vitae. Applicants must have received a university degree in law, economics, business administration or other related subject and should take particular care in outlining and discussing their reasons for wanting to pursue graduate work in this field including a Statement of Purpose and Personal Statement.

A personal interview is not required as part of the evaluation process. Interested persons are, however, welcome to visit the WTI, sit in on classes and meet the directors, the program administrator or the research fellows.

Applicants must submit transcripts from each college or university attended showing their academic records as well as degrees earned and the dates these were awarded.

At least two letters must be submitted from persons who know the applicant well and are in a position to evaluate his or her capacity for advanced study. Current students or recent graduates should submit letters from two teachers. Applicants who have completed their law degree more than three years ago should submit a letter from a current or former employer. Letters from family members, friends, or persons who are not well acquainted with the applicant should not be submitted.
Managing Director Professor Dr. Thomas Cottier


Course Description

The World Trade Institute (based in Bern, Switzerland) is currently accepting applications for its masters program (the Master in International Law and Economics or MILE) as well as for its summer program.

Both programs focus on the law and economics of international trade policy and bring in the leading professors from around the world (the WTO, UN, IMF, leading law and consulting firms, as well as from top universities in the US, Europe and Asia) to teach our international student body. For our masters program, we typically accept about 35 students each year who represent more than 20 countries and the coursework covers 34 weeks examining a different trade-related topic each week. Most weeks are taught both by a lawyer and an economist to give an interdisciplinary perspective on the particular subject and after the academic year, students must write a substantial thesis. Of course, for exceptional candidates, we do offer scholarships and all classes are taught entirely in English.

Upon graduation, many of our students tend to work for the WTO, World Bank, law firms, consulting firms and NGOs.


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