Welcome to the homepage of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (formerly Monterey Institute) International Trade Club.
Friday, March 6th, 2015
the 2015 Trade Conference: Contemporary Issues in eCommerce
Making use of our advantageous position close to Silicon Valley, the MITC seeks to assimilate the Institute’s expertise in policy with topical develepments in the private sector, in California and globally. The 2015 Trade Conference will be tremendously beneficial to students, scholars, entrepreneurs and professionals concerned with the rise of alternative digital currencies, harmonization of international electronic transactions with trade policy and regulations, corporate cybersecurity, and budding business ventures addressing such challenges.
Who We Are: The International Trade Club (ITC) is comprised of and run by current MIIS graduate students. Faculty, administration, and alumni collaboration are at the heart of the Club as well. This is not an exclusive club, and students from all disciplines are welcome to join.
Our Goals: The MIIS International Trade Club seeks to foster communication among students, faculty, and the broader community on a variety of trade-related issues. Our goal is to construct a forum to bridge the gap between the academic and professional worlds, particularly in relation to the MIIS community.
We view trade not simply as the exchange of goods or services for commercial interests but as an umbrella for a myriad of related social, economic, and political issues, such as:
- Development models and sustainable development
- Social issues and human rights
- Domestic and international political economy
- The international legal structure
- Environmental protection
What We Do: The main deliverable of the International Trade Club is the Annual Spring International Trade Conference. The Spring 2015 Conference will cover the issue of E-Commerce: Its Place in the International Trade and Finance System, the Rules, and the Challenges. Stay tuned for updates as they become available!
Along with the conference, the Club also hosts social events and promotes professional and academic advancement opportunities for MIIS students. This Fall 2014 semester will include the exciting launch of the ITC’s pilot Mini-Guest Lecture Series. The purpose is to bring established alumni and professionals from the field onto the MIIS campus for issue-specific lectures and/or career info workshops in order to provide students with better professional enrichment opportunities to complement their academic studies.
Future Vision: In the future we hope to develop more avenues to include student projects and opinions on trade-related issues and to play a greater role in student professional advancement.