CTPL Certificate in International Negotiations Skills: Negotiating a Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)

October 22, 2019 — October 24, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM — 5:00 PM

Location:Carleton University TBC
Cost:1500 +HST
Key Contact:Lisa Scheltema
Contact Email:lisa.scheltema@carleton.ca
Contact Phone:613 520 2600 ext. 6523

Course Description

This is a practical, skills development-focused course on how to prepare for and negotiate an international treaty between two or more countries.  The course uses the negotiation of an actual preferential trade agreement to provide as real-to-life scenario as possible to the participants.

The course takes an experiential approach to delivery to introduce and reinforce all learning objectives.   The course is based on the experience of former senior trade officials, negotiators and diplomats with direct involvement in the design and negotiation of their respective governments’ trade strategies.  The course is designed and delivered by the Centre for Trade Policy and Law (CTPL), Canada’s premier professional training institution on international trade issues.  More than 300 trade officials from all regions of the world are graduates of this program.

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Target audience

This Certificate course is designed for government officials who have a general understanding of international policy issues and are interested in developing their skills further for international treaty negotiations.  A background in policy analysis, international trade, or negotiations is preferred but not necessary to benefit fully from the course.

Learning objectives

By the end of the course, participants will have developed improved practical skills in:

  • developing negotiating positions, participating in international negotiation delegations, and seeking a successful negotiating outcome;
  • using different strategies and tactics to manage effectively each stage of the trade negotiation process; and
  • advocacy, problem solving, policy analysis, legal research and oral and written communication.

Participants receive a Certificate of Achievement issued by the Centre for Trade Policy and Law (CTPL).  The Centre is jointly-sponsored by the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) at Carleton University and the Faculty of Law of the University of Ottawa.  For more information on CTPL, please see www.carleton.ca/ctpl

Cost: $1,500 + applicable HST

To register for this course:

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The principal instructors for the course are CTPL Senior Associate and Legal Advisor Rosemina Nathoo and CTPL Executive Director Phil Rourke.

Rosemina Nathoo has 17 years of practical experience in law, trade negotiations, international development, issues management at the political level, and strategic planning.   She designs and delivers executive-level training programs for government officials and trade policy practitioners on trade agreement drafting and negotiations, trade law, and dispute settlement.  As Director of UK Programs, Rosemina leads the delivery of trade negotiations courses to UK trade negotiators preparing for implementation of their government’s post-Brexit trade strategy.

At CTPL, Rosemina has served as Legal Advisor, Director of the trade policy components of trade capacity building projects in China, Russia, and Bangladesh, and as CTPL’s Associate Director. She was the only foreign legal advisor invited by the Russian Chief Trade Negotiator to attend Working Party meetings to offer strategic advice on negotiations relating to Russia’s accession to the WTO.

Rosemina also enjoyed the privilege of working on Canada’s Parliament Hill as Chief of Staff on the Intergovernmental Affairs and Labour Ministerial portfolios.  She is a Barrister & Solicitor with the Law Society of Ontario (called to the Bar in 2002). She holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from the University of Ottawa (2000) and an M.A. in International Affairs from Carleton University (1999).

Phil Rourke has 20 years of practical experience in delivering professional training courses on trade policy and negotiation issues.  He is a lecturer in trade policy and trade negotiations at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) at Carleton University and the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa.

Phil has worked with senior representatives of trade ministries and their respective training institutions in all regions of the world, including Central and Eastern Europe (Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia), the Caribbean (Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, and Cuba), Latin America (Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina), and Asia (China, Mongolia).   Phil is co-instructor with Rosemina of CTPL’s trade negotiation courses for the UK Department for International Trade.  He holds a M.B.A. from Queen’s University in Kingston (1992) and an M.A. in International Affairs from Carleton University (1989).