The model

The Model WTO is a one week simulation of WTO negotiations, taking place at St. Gallen University and the WTO Headquarters in Geneva. 9 students of the University of St. Gallen supported by an advisory board are organising this event. 13 chairpersons who followed a one year course taught by a WTO Counsellor will animate the debates. 60 high-profile students coming from all over the world will have the chance to participate in this unique event.

The model
Model WTO

The Model WTO is the biggest and most complete simulation of WTO’s Ministerial negotiations in the world. Model WTO in Numbers 100+ Applications – 72 Participants – 44 Hours of negotiationsRead more

Application as Delegate

The application process for the Model WTO 2018 is now open!   Application deadline: Sunday, 18th February 2018 We will process your CV and send you an acceptance email if you are amongRead more

Videos

How to explain de Model WTO in 2 minutes? Below you can find some videos explaining the Model WTO in more detail. See more on our Youtube channel. Model WTO ModelRead more

Testimonials

The following are just some of the positive things that our participants are saying about us. We are pleased to find that our project is such a success and can be so beneficial to so many students around the world.

Yehong Zhu

Participating in Model WTO was absolutely exhilarating. Nothing gives you a taste of real diplomacy quite like sitting in a negotiation room with twelve other delegates, hammering out a consensus document for hours at a time while fighting for the interests of your country, forming international alliances while diving into the nitty-gritty of legality and logistics, and meeting some truly exceptional people, the crème-de-la-crème of the world, along the way. I can imagine no better places to host this conference than the charming town of St. Gallen and the breath-taking city of Geneva, and I’ve made friendships and memories that will stay with me for the rest of my life. Bottom line: if you're offered the chance to participate in Model WTO—take it!

Yehong Zhu Harvard University, United States
Andrew Lunardi

The Model WTO was a highly informative and enriching experience. The Model WTO offers a unique opportunity to get an insight into the inner working of trade negotiations. The negotiation simulations were a unique experience to discuss and learn from exceptionally talented people from across the world. The highlight of my experience was the trip to the Model WTO headquarters in Geneva where an experienced WTO official offered feedback on the outcome of your negotiations. Participation in the Model WTO is an exceptional opportunity that I would recommend to anyone with an interest in trade.

Andrew Lunardi Oxford University, UK
César Andrés Peniche Luna

Participating in the Model WTO this year was one of the most enriching experiences I have had in my life. It immersed me in a novel challenging simulation exercise that permitted me to learn new professional abilities, gather knowledge about international trade law, and expand my network with professionals from all around the world. The Model is run by a skillful team of students who demonstrate professionalism, commitment, and passion in arranging every detail of the Conference. The overall result is a week that definitely adds to your personal, academic, and professional spheres through a superb simulation.

César Andrés Peniche Luna Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico
Hisorshi Incekol

My experience with Model WTO has been overwhelmingly positive. As a head delegate, I found the simulation very engaging in that the level of competition is very diverse, with both university students as well as established professionals taking part in the negotiations processes. Furthermore, the opportunity to visit the WTO headquarters in Geneva and receive feedback from current WTO officials gave me the opportunity to learn how to fine tune my skillset. Additionally, guest speakers, ranging from former WTO negotiators to current WTO representatives gave me additional insight in the world of trade negotiations as well as the accession process for future member countries. Overall, Model WTO is the most complete simulation for individuals looking for a challenging experience while gaining a glimpse of the WTO's work in action.

Hisorshi Incekol York University, Canada
Unnati Amatya

Attending Model WTO 2017, made me change my perspective regarding trade negotiation and the real world of WTO. From the unique interaction and negotiation with delegates from all corners of the world helped in enhancing knowledge and skill building regarding international trade laws. For the students from least developed countries and developing countries, Model WTO is the best platform to grab the opportunity to learn about international trade scenario, and provides the opportunity to learn more about how loopholes in trade agreements can be negotiated. The best experience gained was not only from negotiation, but  also from the visit to WTO Headquarter in Geneva, interaction with the experts and getting comments from them. From the initial invitation to the final gavel, my overall experience in Model WTO was exceptional. It has been hard-hitting, arduous, tedious; but in the end it was all worth it. Students who want to step in real trade negotiation world this is the best opportunity to grab.  I want to applaud the team of Model WTO, for their exceptional hospitality and wish them all the best.

Unnati Amatya Tribhuwan University, Nepal

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