Vision and mission



The Model WTO provides a unique opportunity for future decision makers to experience the debates of the World Trade Organisation. Every year since 1997, students from around the world have been invited to Switzerland to debate and exchange on the most interesting topics related to international Trade.

Students represent twelve nations in groups of six delegates. Each of them takes part in a committee focused on a specific topic. In total, six committees will engage students to actively debate on trade related issues through various perspectives. While delegates defend their national interests, two chairpersons in every committee guide them towards an agreement. The key chairpersons have received specific training during a year by a WTO counsellor at the University of St. Gallen prior to the negotiations. Further, WTO trade experts assist the committees in their negotiations.

The event is organised by 8 students of the University of St. Gallen who are supported by an advisory board consisting of renown trade experts to ensure the quality of the event. The Model WTO also benefits from the help of members of the WTO Secretariat and the Graduate Institute to provide the best possible content.

Some Voices:

“The future of the WTO and the global trading system is in the hands of today’s youth. We need to enhance their knowledge of global challenges and make them active stakeholders of the global trading system. As future leaders, young people will participate in the decisions taken to shape tomorrow’s world. This is why this programme is more than valuable”

– Pascal Lamy, Former WTO Director General, 14 April 2012

“The Model WTO is a great opportunity for us in the Secretariat to see first-hand that young talent is getting ready to contribute to the future of the organization.”

– Yi Xiaozhun, Deputy-Director General, 8 April 2016


Model WTO 2019 Organising Team