During two semesters, students from the University of St. Gallen attend a special course which will prepare them for their role as chairpersons during the simulation week in April. The course is a fully integrated University course, worth 6 ECTS and taught by WTO counsellor Dr. Reto Malacrida. The first semester provides an overview on the functioning of the WTO, the second semester is more applied. In the spring semester, the students are guided through the specific aspects of the simulation topic and its relevance to the WTO. Furthermore, guest speakers from the WTO and other institutions provide unique insights into the topic.
Groups of two students specialise on one specific committee, which they will chair during the simulation week. They write a 20-page paper that constitutes the basic literature for all international participants assigned in the respective committee. The paper serves as a framework for the negotiations and is a graded part of the course “Model WTO”. The paper is distributed to all participants a few weeks before the simulation week as a guideline for the simulation. During the negotiations, the paper may be extended or adjusted in some sections.