25th May - 5th June 2020

International trade and the structure and skills needed for trade negotiations are the subject of increased interest in view of the UK’s departure from the EU, the US trade war with China, the shift against international trade liberalisation and the increased emphasis on sustainable development issues in trade policy. Added to these realities is the crisis in multilateralism and the recent call by most economic powers for WTO reform.

The current international trade negotiations raise challenges for governments, businesses, industry associations and non-governmental organisations. At the end of the two-week programme, participants will be equipped with the essential background in international trade rules and the skills and strategic aspects of negotiating trade deals.

The two-week programme provides an advanced introduction to twenty-first century international trade policy and an understanding of the process and conduct of international trade negotiations. It also provides participants with skills and techniques required to become successful negotiators.

Why study this course?

Previous students have told us that they really enjoyed this course, particularly the balance between academic theory and the real life, practical examples given by experts from both the university and the profession.  They were enthusiastic about the interactive nature of the course and class discussions, and the wide range of interesting topics covered, for example the China-US trade war, human rights, and investments. When asked about the teaching staff, students said lecturers were 'engaging', 'passionate about trade law', 'very knowledgeable' and 'able to communicate ideas in an accessible way'.


Who Should Attend

International trade policy has a direct impact on all aspects of the economy. This course is particularly relevant for those seeking a career or currently working in the public sector in the area of international trade or diplomacy, politics, businesses involved in export or import of goods, industry associations, lawyers in government departments or in-house counsel and non-governmental organisations with interest on trade and sustainable development issues.

This summer school has the following pre-requisite - participants are required to have the general knowledge and understanding of the core principles of WTO law.

  • Customs and trade disciplines in trade agreements
  • Bilateralism and multilateralism
  • Trade negotiation process at bilateral and multilateral level
  • The importance of sequencing and control
  • The politics of trade negotiations
  • Skills and techniques
  • Negotiating with local and foreign governments
  • Inter-agency negotiation simulation
  • Business-government sector negotiation simulation
  • International trade negotiation simulation
  • Analysis of negotiating styles of the US, EU and China
  • The Multilateral Trading System: rise and decline
  • Negotiating regulations in trade agreements
  • Negotiating trade in servicess
  • Negotiating investment protection
  • Negotiating trade and social policies (labour, human rights and environment)

The course will be delivered by Luis Gonzalez Garcia of Matrix Chambers, London. He will provide insight into the art and science of negotiating trade and investment agreements based on his decades of experience in government and private practice. Luis served as trade negotiator for Mexico from 1998-2008. He participated in the negotiation of more than 10 free trade agreements and six bilateral investment treaties. He also participated in the negotiation and amicable settlement of international disputes between governments and foreign investors. Luis was responsible in Mexico for the implementation of the FTA with the European Union which was the first comprehensive trade agreement ever negotiated by the EU with a nation in the Americas. He has been an external consultant to several States and international organisations including the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) on international dispute settlement, trade and investment policy.


The Summer School will run from 27th May– 7th June 2019 with classes Monday to Friday 09.30-16.30


There are two options for the course, A CPD course which is non credit bearing, but includes formative assignment and a certificate of completion, costing £1,500.

A credit bearing course assessed by summative assignments during the two-week intensive course and also by two individual reports/essays (3,500 and 4,500 words respectively) to be written over the summer period after the course, costing £3,500.


To find out how to apply, register your interest here.