Centre for Trade and Economic Integration

The Centre for Trade and Economic Integration is the Graduate Institute's Centre of Excellence for research on international trade.

CTEI brings together the research activities of eminent professors of economics, law and political science in the area of trade, economic integration and globalization. It provides a forum for discussion and dialogue between the global research community, including the Institute's student body and research centres in the developing world, and the international business community, as well as international organisations and NGOs. The Centre runs research projects and organises events, and occasionally hosts a visiting scholar.

2020 is an exciting year for CTEI, this year we are launching three new initiatives that will radically transform our reach and impact.


The Geneva Trade Platform (GTP)

GTP works to address challenges to international trade policymaking by convening diverse stakeholders, simplifying and informing through the creation and production of research and briefing materials; promoting and incubating novel solutions; and empowering trade actors through technical assistance and capacity building support. GTP recently held the Geneva Trade Week 2020.


The Thinking Ahead on Societal Change (TASC) Platform

is a an open forum where policy makers, businesses, civil society and researchers can come together to tackle some of the biggest universal challenges of the future. With an initial focus on the future of work, the TASC platform could not come at a more opportune moment.


The Digital Governance Hub (DGH)

will be an excellence and knowledge hub devoted to improving the international governance of matters related to, or raised by, the explosive advance of digital technology.




The Geneva Trade Platform (GTP) is a multi-stakeholder platform that focuses on trade

Thinking Ahead on Societal Change Platform

The TASC Platform is an open forum where policymakers, businesses, researchers and civil society can come together to tackle some of the biggest universal challenges of the future.

Upcoming events


New E-Book

COVID-19 and Trade Policy: Why Turning Inward Won’t Work

World trade will soon collapse largely as a result of governments’ battle against the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Richard E. Baldwin & Simon J. Evenett | 29 Apr 2020
The great trade collapse - CTEI Webinar on Trade and COVID19 - 24th April 2020

Mitigating the COVID Economic Crisis: Act Fast and Do Whatever It Takes

n this second eBook on the coronavirus from CEPR and Vox, the experts are unanimous that the case for decisive and coordinated fiscal stimulus is overwhelming. Richard Baldwin, Beatrice Weder di Mauro 18 March 2020

Economics in the Time of COVID-19

This eBook addresses some key questions: How, and how far and fast, will the economic damage spread? How bad will it get?... Richard Baldwin, Beatrice Weder di Mauro 06 March 2020
Richard Baldwin, Professor of International Economics, breaks down the global economic impact of COVID-19 and which industries will be hardest hit by the epidemic.

Other projects and partnerships

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2030 Digital Fasttrack Studios


The 2030 Digital Fasttrack Studios (DFS) brings together representatives from the United Nations agencies, permanent missions, academia, civil society and the private sector. The studios provide a policy engagement forum for stakeholders to identify opportunities for digital transformations and pragmatic policies to fast track progress on the Sustainable Development Goals. A bi-monthly policy engagement forum, studios will commence in October 2020 and occur once every two months thereafter.





The Centre for Trade and Economic Integration thanks Sergey Popov for financial contribution to this project.

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Law Clinics to make Global Economic Regulation work for everyone

TradeLab is a global network of legal clinics, initiated at the Graduate Institute by Professor Joost Pauwelyn in 2009,  with  sites located across the globe. It aims to empower countries and smaller stakeholders to reap the full development benefits of global trade and investment rules by supporting them to answer important trade related questions through pro bono legal clinics and practica. These legal clinics and practica are implemented by law students, with support from academics and legal practitioners. 

CTEI hosts the Geneva based Law clinics, part of Trade Lab.

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Computational and Empirical International Law Speaker Series

CEILSS is a speaker series, co-organized by the CTEI and the Common Law Section of the University of Ottawa. The series brings together scholars around the world to present their computational and empirical work in international law. The objective is to share new methodologies, data sets and technologies used in conducting international law research.

It is also partly supported by the funding from the SNSF Project “Convergence versus Divergence? Text-as-data and Network Analysis of International Economic Law Treaties and Tribunals”.




GIELS provide an opportunity to PhD candidates and other junior researchers working in the field of international economic law (IEL) to present and get feedback on their work.

The target audience of GIELS is other students as well as faculty in the field (including from disciplines other than law) and interested people in the practice of IEL (IOs, law firms, NGOs, diplomatic missions). 

GIELS want to provide a small, informal and friendly setting where new IEL research can be tested and cross-topic, interdisciplinary links and networks can be forged so as to help Graduate Institute students and confirm the place of the Graduate Institute's Centre for Trade and Economic Integration (CTEI) as a leading research hub on IEL.


Sharing frontier research in international trade and development


The Geneva Trade and Development Workshop (GTDW) is a joint seminar series of the Geneva School of Economics and Management (GSEM), the Graduate Institute in Geneva (IHEID), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the World Trade Organization (WTO). After twelve years of running as an on-site seminar, we are joining forces with the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) to bring the GTDW online, with the aim of sharing frontier research in international trade and development.

In the fall Semester of 2020, the seminars will take place online on Mondays at 4 PM CET and last for one hour and fifteen minutes including questions. For more details and to register please visit the dedicated website.

Past Events

Online Showcase of 2019-2020 TradeLab Projects
International Trade and Health Series: Trade of Vital Medical Supplies (27th May)
International Trade and Health Series: Trade Responses to Global Health Crisis (25th May)
CTEI Webinar: COVID-19 and Trade Policy: Why Turning Inward Won’t Work. 8 May 2020

CTEI Webinar: COVID-19 and Trade Policy: Why Turning Inward Won’t Work. Slides R.Baldwin

CTEI & DevPol Webinar: The Digital Marketplace and Development 5 May 2020 , 16:30 - 18:00
CTEI & DevPol Webinar: The Appellate Body Crisis at the WTO, 28 April 2020, 16:30 - 18:00
The great trade collapse - CTEI Webinar on Trade and COVID19 - 24th April 2020

The Great Trade Collapse - Presentation (Full pack)

The Republic of Beliefs: A New Approach to Law and Economics - Book Launch by Kaushik Basu 25th February 2020

Podcast with Kaushik Basu - The republic of beliefs

The World Development Report 2020: The Age of Global Value Chains - Interview with Aaditya Mattoo, Research Manager, Trade and Integration, World Bank and Co-Director of the World Development Report 2020 on Global Value Chains
Launch of The World Development Report 2020 The Age of Global Value Chains, 19th November 2019 [Full session]
United States-China Technological Rivalry - Speaker Professor Peter Petri, Brandeis University, Brandeis International Business School; Monday 28th October 2019

Latest news

The Globotics Upheaval


The Globotics Upheaval: Globalization, Robotics, and the Future of Work

by Richard E. Baldwin
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While globalization and robotics, “globotics”, will eventually make a better world, they are today creating competition for service-sector jobs that is coming faster than most believe and in ways that will seem incredibly unfair. If the displaced office workers join with the displaced factory workers, the result could be a disruptive upheaval. This book argues that workers need to prepare for the future of work in new ways, and governments regulate the pace and unfairness of the competition from globots.

"With its focus on the scale, speed and scope of technological transformation, and its impact on employment, this book breaks new ground."

Gordon Brown, UK Prime Minister, 2007-2010

"Richard Baldwin has written the best book yet on the new economic era we are entering. Any worker, company or government who doesn’t want to be left behind should read and consider his arguments."

Lawrence H. Summers, Ex-Secretary of the US Treasury, ex-President of Harvard

The globotics upheaval: A book event with Richard Baldwin | LIVE STREAM




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