IDLO’s trade-related activities are designed to help governments, public institutions, business communities and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) build a strong commercial law framework and maximize the benefits of development assistance and international trade. IDLO's programs on international trade enable stakeholders to meet the challenges of, and benefit from, global trade liberalization and regional economic integration. In collaboration with the World Trade Organization (WTO), IDLO organizes training on WTO law and policy, workshops for trade negotiators, distance learning programs and trade-related research to support the Doha Development Agenda.
To enable stakeholders to meet the challenges of, and benefit from, global trade liberalization and regional economic integration.
IDLO’s Trade Law programs focus on:
- Introduction to the multilateral trading system;
- Trade and sustainable development;
- Agreements on agriculture and sanitary and phyto-sanitary measures;
- Trade in services;
- Non-agricultural market access and tariff negotiations;
- Trade related aspects of intellectual property rights (TRIPS);
- Dispute settlement; and
- Negotiation workshops.
In order to benefit from increased market access, it is imperative that developing and transition economy countries understand their WTO rights and obligations. IDLO organizes training on WTO Agreements and applicable regional trading arrangements, workshops for trade negotiators, distance learning programs and trade-related research to support the Doha Development Agenda. The curriculum is tailor-made to suit the needs of the participating countries, putting the issues into their regional perspective. IDLO course content responds to new global legal challenges and is designed to provide participants with the skills required to become a driving force for change within their countries.
IDLO recognized the crucial need for a neutral third party in trade agreement negotiations and uses its international network of expertise to provide technical assistance to its alumni.