Thomas Cottier is a member of the advisory committee of the International Law Research Program at CIGI; professor emeritus of European and international economic law at the University of Bern; senior research fellow at the World Trade Institute; and adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law.
He was the founder and managing director of the World Trade Institute from 1999 to 2015 and the National Centre of Competence in Research on international trade regulation. Prior to that, he was legal adviser to the Swiss External Economic Affairs Department and deputy-director general of the Swiss Intellectual Property Office. He served on the Swiss negotiating team of the Uruguay Round and during negotiations of the European Economic Area. He has been a member and chair of numerous panels of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and the World Trade Organization. He has published widely in international economic law and was also recently involved in training UK trade officials after the Brexit referendum.