Friday, February 12, 2016

New academic opportunities from the Virtual Institute network

Dear Vi friends,

I am pleased to forward the following academic opportunities from the Vi network.

Vi Swiss affiliate member, The Graduate Institute, Geneva, invites senior undergraduates and students at MA level to apply for participation in its summer programmes.

The session on International Affairs and Global Governance, scheduled June 20 to July 8, will examine the importance of international organizations and the role of NGOs and private initiatives in the protection of individual rights and the promotion of human security. The course will also discuss new governance mechanisms such as financial inclusion at the micro-level, public-private partnerships, and civil society initiatives.

The session on the WTO, International Trade and Development, scheduled for June 27 to July 8, will cover the World Trade Organization and its legal framework, UNCTAD, and new fora of global economic governance; the economics of free trade and its political implications for developing countries; and new issues such as informal mechanisms of governance, standards and norms, trade and the green economy etc.

Online applications must be submitted no later than April 1.

Vi partner, the World Trade Organization, is accepting submissions for the 2016 WTO Essay Award for Young Economists. The papers must address issues related to trade policy and international trade cooperation.  Author(s) must possess or be engaged in the completion of a PhD degree and, if over 30 years of age, be no more than two years past a PhD defence.

The winning essay, to be announced at the annual meeting of the European Trade Study Group, will receive CHF 5,000. The award ceremony will take place in September in Helsinki, Finland.

Entries of no more than 15,000 words must be submitted by June 1 to


I hope you find this information useful, and that you will distribute widely among your colleagues and students.

Best regards,

Susana Olivares
Virtual Institute
UNCTAD - United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
Division on Globalization and Development Strategies
Palais des Nations
1211 Geneva 10 - Switzerland
Phone: +41 22 917 5823 Fax: +41-22 917 0050
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