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Course in Trade, Development and the Internet, held in Geneva

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Trade, Development and the Internet Program (6 credits)

Georgetown/CCT Summer Study in Geneva, Switzerland

* Classes conducted in English

* Program dates are June 28-July 17, 2012

* The program course is CCTP 788-62 and counts for six Georgetown graduate credits; non-Georgetown students are welcome to apply. Undergraduate seniors from Georgetown and other schools are welcome to apply.

* Cost – $7,500 (includes tuition for six credits, housing, public transport in Geneva, excursions, daily breakfast and many other meals, and health insurance)

* Program’s website with more details –

* Apply online by March 6, 2012 at

This two-and-a-half week program will provide students with an understanding of international trade policy, focusing on how trade agreements and institutions affect global and national policies toward technology and the Internet. We’ll examine how trade policy intersects intellectual property and Internet freedom issues involving the free flow of information across borders, paying special attention to the workings of the global institutions located in Geneva, including the World Trade Organizations (WTO), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). An organizing theme will be an intense focus on emerging trade policy issues related to technological innovation, including attempts by the United States and others to increase copyright protection and enforcement, and attempts to introduce Internet freedom issues into the trade context.


The Geneva Program offers students behind-the-scenes visits to various UN agencies and NGOs, access to high-level officials, and insights into the negotiations processes. Students will also network with practitioners and academic experts via workshops, simulations, discussions and classroom lectures.


Classes will meet all day Monday through Friday. Mornings will consist of lectures addressed by the Graduate Institute and affiliated faculty to all participants. Afternoons will consist of discussions, simulations and the like in smaller seminar groups. Morning lectures will provide students with key concepts and analytical tools whereas afternoon seminars will help students use those tools and apply them to specific empirical situations. Afternoon sessions will also include on-site visits to international organizations and practical exercises such as simulations.


If you have any questions, please contact Heather Kerst at or Mark MacCarthy at

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