Timeline of our weekly sessions

Seventh Session

November 18, 2018

In its seventh session, the WTO General Council began debating the issue of Intellectual Property Rights and their position in a digitalized world. Some members, such as Mexico, were keen to point to the issue of inequality between the rights’ owners and users. They were eager to strengthen users’ positions in an effort to protect…

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Sixth Session – Iran accedes to the WTO!

November 13, 2018

After decades of diplomatic gridlock and stagnancy, powered mainly by the determination of the United States to keep Iran isolated, the Iranian Delegation finally came forward with an astute proposition for the accession of Iran to the WTO. Having laid out a solid foundation of trust in the previous session among many delegations as well as…

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Fifth Session

November 3, 2018

Fifth Session

Although Iran submitted its application to the WTO in 1996 already, it had been on hold since. This changed now, as our simulation of the WTO General Council approached the topic. Delegates were quite eager to question Iran on its intentions and commitments in WTO. Bi- and multilateral negotiations with the Iranian Delegation are underway…

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Fourth Session

October 27, 2018

Fourth Session

With a slightly depleted Committee, mainly related to OxIMUN absences, and an absent Chinese Delegation, debate on the floor quickly exhausted. Bilateral negotiations, however, kept flowing, producing several new partnerships. The EU and the United States gave their Transatlantic Fair Trade Agreement its final (handwritten) touch, thereby establishing a complete Free Trade Area between the…

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Third Session

October 18, 2018

Third Session

As news broke of the United States’ installment of import tariffs on Chinese iron and steel products in the amount of a whopping 50%, China immediately retaliated with tariffs of the same amount on American soybeans, cotton, and pork. The South Korean Delegation, currently under new leadership, changed its neutral course and steered right into…

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Second Session

October 11, 2018

Second Session

For the second session of the WTO General Council, numbers further increased, providing an even cozier atmosphere. Experienced, as well as new delegates joined the debate on the floor and exchanged a few first rhetorical blows. Both the US and China were eager to deny any responsibility for their quarrels, that have kept the whole…

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First Session

October 4, 2018

First Session

Session News Week 1 After having successfully managed a reasonably chaotic round of country assignments, the newly appointed delegates to the World Trade Organisation were briefed in detail on the rules and laws of international trade by former ZuMUN Secretary General Marc Sinner. As the first session commenced, all delegations were eager to take the…

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Sessions Starting

October 1, 2018

Sessions Starting

We are ready to start into a new cycle of session during the fall semester 2018!

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