Essay Topic Model WTO 2021

We are excited to announce the essay topic of the 24th Model WTO conference:

“Amidst the current COVID-19 pandemic, some countries have bypassed multilateralistic principles and taken various measures affecting trade such as export restrictions on health supplies. What role could the WTO play to coordinate the international response to a sanitary crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic?”

Format Guidelines

  • Language: English
  • Length: Maximum 2 pages (no cover page or bibliography)
  • Style: The essay should be written in a legible font. Spacing and formatting are left to the candidate’s consideration
  • Citations: Any internationally recognised referencing convention is accepted
  • Submission: As a single pdf file with CV via an application form

Please note that this year, all applicants are required to submit an essay. The deadline for the essay is the same as the general application.

Please be concise in your argumentation and focus on a specific aspect of the topic. We do not expect you to quote extensively. Those who will assess the essay are familiar with the topic and they expect an argumentative essay, i.e. it should be a persuasive reflection of your point of view.

If you have any further questions about the essay, please contact us at

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