This year, the annual G-2 Conference 14 April 2021, will take a new spin. At a moment when trade is challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic and a resurgence of protectionist sentiments, and the WTO faces crisis across many of its core functions, the organisers want to elevate new, fresh perspectives with bold ideas for the WTO’s path forward. The focal point will be a three-day hackathon for students from around the world, on: ‘How to Make the WTO Fit for Future Trade’.

This event is co-organised by CTEI, the Institute of International Economic Law || Georgetown Law and the Geneva Trade Platform . The conference will take place on 14 April 15:00-20:00CET. Please click HERE for conference registration only.

The organisers are challenging teams of students (2-4 per team) from anywhere in the world to collaborate and in just 72 hours, develop a fully considered and legally sound proposal for an outcome at the WTO that meaningfully addresses an issue that will be shared at the launch of the Hackathon (9 April 2021). Team members will need to be available from 9-11 April and 14 April afternoon 15:00-20:00 CET.

Teams will be asked to:

  • Define a substantive issue (500 words).
  • Propose a specific treaty text or informal commitment/declaration text that addresses the concern (200 words).
  • Suggest a legal/technical or institutional way to implement the proposal within the broader WTO framework (500 words).
  • Prepare a short video summarizing the issue and the team’s solution (3-5 minutes)

The three most innovative proposals will be featured on the day of the conference and the winning team will receive a cash prize of USD 3,000 followed by USD 2,000 & USD 1,000 for the second and third runner up respectively. 

Please register your team to the Hackathon HERE before the 26th of March, 2021, 23:59 CET. More information on the hackathon will be shared with registered participants on a dedicated portal of the Beyond Trade Network.

For more information or if you would like to sponsor this event, please contact the organisers on: events@genevatradeplatform.org