NCCR Trade Regulation

​2005 series

Home institution: University of Berne

International treaties involving the World Trade Organization (WTO) are becoming increasingly wider in scope, often stretching beyond mere commercial matters into areas such as climate and development policy, migration issues, human rights and the promotion of innovation.

Researchers of the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) "Trade Regulation –International Trade: From Fragmentation to Coherence" are identifying and analysing these and other aspects of international trade relationships in close collaboration with national and international governmental and non-governmental organisations. This enables the development of innovative approaches to the problem of reconciling different regulations at an international level.

Further information on the NCCR:

  • Contact details

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    NCCR Management

    NCCR Director

    Prof. Manfred Elsig
    Universität Bern
    Hallerstrasse 6
    CH-3012 Bern
    Tel. +41 (0) 31 631 54 95
    manfred.elsig@wti.orgExternal Link Icon

    Management / Koordination

    Sascha Finger
    World Trade Institute
    Universität Bern
    Hallerstrasse 6
    CH-3012 Bern
    Tel. +41 (0) 31 631 30 81
    sascha.finger@wti.orgExternal Link Icon

  • Funding

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    NCCRs are financed through grants awarded by the SNSF, but also from other sources. The home institution involved in the NCCR also contributes a substantial amount of money. The available overall budget of the NCCR is further increased by monetary contributions from the project participants and third-party funds, which are generally invested by industrial companies.

    The SNSF is financing the NCCR Trade Regulation in its third funding period, i.e. over the maximum permissible running time of twelve years.

    Financing 2005 – 2017 (Swiss Francs)


    SNSF grant




    Funds of Berne University




    Group funds of the project participants




    External funds








  • Evaluation / Review Panel

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    ​For each NCCR, the SNSF appoints a Review Panel composed of renowned experts whose task it is to evaluate scientific quality and the progress made in NCCR projects. The Review Panel of the NCCR Trade Regulation consists of the following experts:

    Contact person at the SNSF:

    Thomas Griessen
    NCCR Team
    Swiss National Science Foundation
    Wildhainweg 3
    CH-3001 Bern
    +41 (0) 31 308 23 51
    thomas.griessen@snf.chExternal Link Icon

  • Research structures

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    National Centres of Competence in Research leave their mark on the research landscape well beyond the SNSF funding period. They help to define key topics and sustainably change Swiss research structures. Thus NCCRs can lead to the creation of new professorships and courses of study as well as new infrastructures or platforms at the universities involved.

    NCCRs operate as a network in which a large number of scientific partners are active. Working within these networks has borne fruit in the form of new research approaches and excellent scientific contributions.

    Structures created by this NCCR until now:

  • Contributions to society and the economy

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    The National Centres of Competence in Research not only engage in cutting-edge research, they also play an i​​mportant role in transferring knowledge and new technologies to the economy and to society at large. They lead to the formation of start-ups, and the new insights have the potential to awaken the interest of politicians, globally active companies and the public at large.

    Communication and knowledge transfer of the NCCR Trade Regulation:

  • Promotion of academic careers and equal opportunities

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    The National Centres of Competence in Research consciously promote promising young researchers and are committed to equal opportunities for men and women in research.

    Measures taken by the NCCR Trade Regulation to promote young researchers and gender equality.