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CTPL Online Certificate in Trade Negotiation Skills

February 16, 2021 — February 18, 2021
Time: 8:45 AM — 4:30 PM

Location:Online Course Carleton University
Cost:2,250 + HST
Key Contact:Phil Rourke

CTPL Online Certificate Program in Trade Negotiations Skills

February 16-18, 2021


Rosemina Nathoo, Director, UK Programs; International Legal Counsel, Centre for Trade Policy and Law

Phil Rourke, Executive Director, Centre for Trade Policy and Law

Guest Instructors:

Elaine Feldman, former ADM North America, Global Affairs Canada (GAC)

John Gero, former ADM Trade Policy and Negotiations, former Chief Trade Commissioner, GAC

Valerie Hughes, former Director, WTO Legal Affairs Division; former Director, WTO Appellate Body Secretariat; former Director/General Counsel, Trade Law Division, GAC

Sandy Moroz, former Canadian Lead Negotiator, Rules of Origin, GAC

David Plunkett, former Associate ADM, Trade Policy and Negotiations, GAC

Learning objectives:

· increased knowledge and understanding of negotiation strategies and tactics

· improved skills development in how to conduct negotiations on an online platform

· testing internal team dynamics in preparation for negotiations

· improved understanding of how to advance your country’s national interests at each stage in the implementation of an effective trade negotiations strategy

Program Description

This is a highly interactive, skills-based online course using simulations and exercises to develop practical skills in the following: negotiation strategies and tactics; organising for trade negotiations; stakeholder engagement; preparing for the first set of negotiations; and drafting a trade agreement chapter.

The course is based on the experiences of former trade negotiators and diplomats from Canada, the United States, Europe, the UK, Russia, China and several Latin American, Caribbean and African countries. More than 600 trade negotiation officials have taken this course in the last five years.

Participant Profile

This course is designed for junior and mid-level trade officials who are either involved in trade negotiations or are preparing to be involved in trade negotiations. The course is limited to 12 participants to provide direct advice, “live” coaching, and immediate feedback to each participant.

Expert advice from those who have been there

This course is delivered by CTPL’s principal trade negotiation experts – Rosemina Nathoo and Phil Rourke – with direct experience teaching online in Canada, the UK, and the developing world and working with trade negotiation officials from 20+ countries. Their special guests for each session are former trade negotiators with distinguished careers at the highest levels on all of Canada’s major trade negotiation files.

Tuition Fee: $2,250 + HST

Participants will receive a Certificate of Achievement upon completion of CTPL’s Certificate Program.

For more information on the program, please contact Phil Rourke at or Rosemina Nathoo at