Dispute Settlement in Trade: Training in Law and Economics

The main objective of the DISSETTLE is to train a new cohort of economic and legal experts to work together on areas of dispute resolution under the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and bilateral and regional trade agreement regimes.

Expertise in trade policy has been fragmented in a number of highly specialized disciplines, especially trade law and trade economics. Yet to resolve today’s pressing problems related to trade and economic integration, no single discipline can offer the answers. A network bridging trade law and trade economics will not only advance the frontiers of knowledge in this field, but will also make an important contribution to addressing some of the major questions related to globalization and increased interdependence that the world faces in the 21st century.

DISSETTLE brings together five European institutions that have pioneered interdisciplinary work on economics and law. The participation of the WTO, law firms and consultancies ensures that DISSETTLE research and training is practical, targeted and interdisciplinary. The training consists of a mix of individual and network-wide activities, including internships, conferences, summer schools, workshops and complementary skills training.

The DISSETTLE programme will fundamentally advance the understanding of jurisprudence emerging from the dispute settlement body of the WTO and bilateral and regional trade agreement regimes.

The DISSETTLE research project and training programme is a funded by the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme as a Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN).