We are happy to announce that the University of Warsaw takes part in an international project financed by the European Comission.


Short for “Dispute Settlement in Trade:Training in Law and Economics”,DISSETTLE is an interdisciplinary project that will fund PhD and other young researchers to spend time at one of the five participating universities.  It is designed to train a new cohort of economic and legal experts to be prepared and able to work together in formulating trade policy and settling international trade and investment disputes. Its core goal is to cross the current divide between legal and economic expertise.

Which universities are involved?

The five participating universities are:

  1. The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies,Geneva, Switzerland
  2. Université Libre de Bruxelles,Belgium
  3. Bocconi University,Milan,Italy
  4. University of St. Gallen Switzerland
  5. University of Warsaw,Poland

At each of these five universities,both the law and the economics faculties are involved.

  • the project is focused on young researcher (PhD level) training in applications of law and economics to the analysis of trade-related subjects involving the World Trade Organisation and the Dispute Settlement mechanism.
  • researchers can apply for either:
    • short time stays (eg. less than one year)
    • long time stays (two or more years in the PhD programme) University of Warsaw is proud to offer these PhD level courses in English
  • the grant is offered to:
    • Early-stage researchers (ESR) –ie. researchers with less than 4 years of research experience (PhD level)
    • Experienced researchers (ER) –reserchears with between 4 and 5 years of research experience
  • See this page for more information concerning eligibility and funding.

    Under the DISSETTLE grant…

    • around twenty young researchers —in both law and economics,spanning over four years and five universities —will be engaged to conduct research on topics directlyrelated to the interplay of law and economics in the settlement of trade and investment disputes
    • researchers,most of whom will also be registered as PhD students at one of the participating universities,will follow dedicated training,workshops and conferences and have the opportunity to do internships with private sector and non-profit partners associated to DISSETTLE (essentially law firms,economic consulting firms or the WTO) on top of their regular PhD course and other requirements
    • at least ten PhD theses and ten academic papers (but hopefully many more) will be produced centred on five work packages:arbitration and damages calculation, subsidies,competitiveness and protectionism,lessons from other fields (e.g. competition law),unexplored applications
    • a training programme is being developed,comprising three workshops and a series of training days,three international conferences,two summer schools,as well as internships and shorter visits to private sector and non-profit participants.

    The training will involve all young researchers engaged by the network,together with professors,practitioners and others,and is in addition to training received as part of the normal PhD programme that researchers may be registered in at any of the five participating universities.

    DISSETTLE is not awarding its own PhD degrees nor is it a self-standing PhD program.

    Prospective PhD candidates must register with,and be admitted by,one of the five participating universities following standard procedures