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 2017 is now closed   Application deadline: Sunday, 26th February 2017 We will process your CV and send you an acceptance email if you are amongRead more


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


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.

Hiroshi 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.

Hiroshi Incekol York University, Canada
Evonne Lee

Having studied international trade law for three years, I found Model WTO a great forum to apply what I've learned and to enrich my study through the interaction with international participants and practitioners in relevant fields. Gathering the people with the same passion, Model WTO is a wonderful event of enthusiasm, challenge and inspiration!

Evonne Lee National Chengchi University, Taiwan
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

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