Professional Certificate in Strategic International Trade: Policy and Promotion


"International trade could be the single most important external source of development financing, particularly to small developing countries and LDCs" ‐ UNCTAD 2015. Successful international trade policy is central to the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals and a critical factor in achieving poverty reduction, economic development and security.

Course Overview

This week-long course will examine the key issues faced when developing and promoting trade policy. Crucial political and economic frameworks that influence decision making will be covered, in addition to in-depth analyses of case studies such as the European Union and the role of the World Trade Organisation.

In 2015, the UNCTAD noted that there are approximately 20 targets in different SDGs that are related to international trade, demonstrating the scale of social and economic interdependence. The impact trade can have on peace, stability and infrastructure development is vital to the welfare and economic security of any nation. Similarly, international trade is also open to the influece of changes in the global political and economic climate, such as the UK's decision to leave the European Union. Leading experts will examine these issues through presentations, debates and discussions of both theory and practical examples in order to provide participants with an in-depth, practical and contextualised knowledge of international trade.


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