I am not fully competent to estimate, whether Estonia could have benefited by participation in the particular programme introduced followingly, but it is obvious that the research involving categories of economics (included dissertations on EU competition law, two of which I have supervised in the University of Tartu that mostly have reflected the facts, case-law, and the Estonian State practice, and less the theories of economics) needs to be approached academically, i.e. linked to the contemporary research methods, theories of economics, and policy developments. Therefore it is good to know that a kind of academic cooperation is evolving on the global scene –
In March 2009 was established the WTO Chairs Programme, aiming at:
- building lasting relationships with institutions from developing and developed countries by according financial support to beneficiary institutions for four years;
- supporting trade-related teaching by providing WTO support for the development and delivery of courses on trade policy and WTO-related matters in academic institutions;
- fostering further research in trade-related matters and highlighting the policy relevance of existing research — universities awarded the Chairs are expected to cooperate with other institutions in the Programme, through joint research, shared lecturing arrangements and student/academic exchanges;
- encouraging and extending outreach/communication — universities awarded the WTO Chairs are expected to organize public activities aimed at disseminating research and promoting discussion regarding international trade and trade cooperation.
In January 2010, 14 chairs were established at developing country universities. You may see the list of the selected countries at http://www.wto.org/english/news_e/pres10_e/pr593_e.htm
See also the link to WTO distance learning (training modules, multimedia presentations, briefings, etc.) at http://www.wto.org/english/res_e/d_learn_e/d_learn_e.htm