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2011: Canada-India Free Trade Agreement Negotiation Simulation

Date: 
Monday, June 20, 2011 - 08:30 - Friday, June 24, 2011 - 04:30

The text from this simulation is available here.

An intensive five-day simulation, the Certificate in Advanced Negotiations Skills will give participants an excellent opportunity to gain practical experience in the preparation and negotiation of a forward-looking international trade agreement. This course explores the fundamentals of trade negotiation strategy and trade policy formulation in the context of a simulated Canada-India Free Trade Negotiation. The simulation will run this summer from Monday, June 20 - Friday, June 24th, 2011, after which participants will obtain a Certificate in Advanced Negotiations Skills.

This simulation is based on the current agenda for the Canada-Indian negotiations. For the purposes of the simulation, course participants will be divided between two teams, one representing Canada and the other India. The goal will be for the participants to draft and agree on a negotiated text of a bilateral trade agreement setting out approaches to the principal issues in the negotiations (Trade in Goods, including Agriculture; Services and Investment, TRIPs, and Trade and Environment, Labour, and Development).

Each team will be assigned a coach who will advise the team on preparation, substantive issues and strategies.

Course content will focus on: 

  • International trade commitments and implementation
  • Trade negotiation skills
  • Critical trade policy issues such as: intellectual property, services, environment, labour, and competition policy


Participants will learn how to:

  •  Negotiate trade agreements
  •  Work with a team to build and sustain a consensus for trade policy objectives
  •  Communicate with domestic and foreign audiences

Audience: This course is designed for professionals working in all trade-related government ministries as well as those working on trade or trade-related policy issues. Professionals involved in public consultations and public advocacy may also be interested. Individuals who are pursuing a position requiring trade knowledge, improving their negotiation skills, and generally interested in refining their trade knowledge may also apply.

Participation in the course is limited in order to provide opportunities for discussion, case studies, and other practical exercises intended to complement the presentations and readings.  

Course Dates: June 20 - 24, 2011.

Lead instructor: 
Terry Collins-Williams CTPL Senior Associate and Former Deputy Chief Negotiator for Canada for the Doha Round of trade negotiations at the WTO

Location: Centre for Trade Policy and Law (CTPL), Carleton University, Ottawa

Tuition: Early Registration before March 30, 2011: $1,850.00 (+ $240.50 HST). After April 1, 2011: $2,150.00 (+ $279.50 HST). 


Please complete the registration form to sign up. 
For further details, or if you have questions about CTPL's training and certificate programs, 
please contact Michelle Marteleira.


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