Switzerland, Geneva

International Trade Law Practice under the World Trade Organisation

when 3 July 2017 - 7 July 2017
language English
duration 1 week
credits 5 ECTS
fee EUR 750

Participants will have the opportunity to travel from Brussels through Luxembourg and Strasbourg to Geneva, getting acquainted with the functioning of European and International organisations. Participants will visit the European Court of Justice, the European Parliament, the European Court of Human Rights and the World Trade organisation (WTO). During their journey, they will have the opportunity to meet key figures in the field of EU law and WTO litigation, including judges, practitioners and officials.

Target group

This Summer School is open to up to 40 participants: advanced students (who have completed at least the 2nd year of their degree), young graduates and professionals with a background in law, political science, economics, or any other field which bears a connection with EU and international business law.

All courses are taught in English. Even though applicants are not required to present an official certificate of language proficiency, they have to be fluent in English in order to follow the courses, actively participate in classroom discussions and interact with other participants.

Course aim

Each year students from all over the world come to Brussels for a unforgettable experience from an academic, social and cultural point of view. The first and third weeks of the programme provide an introduction to the EU legal system and to EU business law. They take place in Brussels, the capital of Belgium and political epicenter of the EU. A and multicultural European city, Brussels offers students a plethora of opportunities for social activities as well as an ideal launching point for travel within Europe.

The second week consists of a travel from Brussels through Luxembourg and Strasbourg to Geneva, a stunning city full of history and the home of numerous international organisations on the shores of lake Léman. During this week-trip, participants will visit several European and international organisations and get to meet leading figures in EU and WTO law.

Credits info

5 ECTS
Each of the three weeks will end with an in-class written exam. Upon succesful completion of the course and following a written examination, participants will be issued a certificate of attendance and an academic transcript (courses attended, marks and grades).

The participation certificate will be awarded jointly by the Institute for European Studies at Université Saint-Louis - Bruxelles and the law firm Van Bael & Bellis.

The participation certificate is recognised by the Continuing Legal Education programme of the Ordre des Barreaux Francophones et Germanophone de Belgique.

The participation certificate can give right to the award of 5 ECTS credits that can be transfered to other European universities using the ECTS system. We do, however, recommend that you check with your home institution before applying to our Summer School to be sure that the credits are transferable.

Fee info

EUR 750: Participants can either participate either in the whole Summer School or decide to drop week 1 or week 3. The registration fee depends on the option taken:

3-week programme

- 950 EUR (for students and Alumni Saint-Louis)
- 1450 EUR (other participants)


2-week programme (Weeks 1st and 2nd) OR (Weeks 2nd and 3rd)

- 750 EUR (for students and Saint-Louis Alumni)
- 1150 EUR (other participants)


The cost includes:

- the award of the participation certificate;

- courses materials;

- visits to the Court of Justice of the European Union (Luxembourg), the European Parliament (Brussels) and World Trade Organization (Geneva);

- transportation and accommodation costs in Luxembourg, Strasbourg and Geneva;

- internet in Campus;

- university card to have access to the campus and the library;

- welcome breakfast and farewell cocktail lunch in Brussels and Geneva;