Centre for Trade & Investment Law

Our Mission

The Centre for Trade and Investment Law (CTIL) was established in the year 2016 by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT). The Centre’s primary objective is to provide sound and rigorous analysis of legal issues pertaining to international trade and investment law to the Government of India and other governmental agencies. The Centre is aiming to create a dedicated pool of legal experts that who could provide technical inputs for enhancing India's participation in international trade and investment negotiations and dispute settlement. The Centre also aims to be a thought leader in the various domains of international economic law such as WTO law, international investment law and legal issues relating to economic integration.

It is CTIL's mission to identify, analyse and provide creative ideas and perspectives to influence the international discourse on wide ranging aspects of international economic law. The Centre engages on a regular basis with different stakeholders including central and state governments, think-tanks, research centres, national law schools and other institutions rendering legal education in international economic law, independent legal professionals, industry organizations and the private sector. The Centre is also conceived as a ready repository of trade and investment related information including updates on ongoing trade negotiations and disputes.


Engaging With Us

We believe in creating ideas for a better trade and investment policy. If you have innovative ideas and proposals in the field of international trade or investment law, please reach out to us. We will be happy to provide you a forum to discuss and brainstorm your thoughts and ideas and help you get better visibility for your research. We are preparing various discussion papers, working papers, background papers, journals and books on some of the emerging and topical areas of international trade and investment law.
We will be organizing research seminars, workshops and colloquia at regular intervals. If you have any good proposal for discussion, please contact us at: eventsctil@iift.edu

Working With Us

Working with CTIL is more than a job, it is education and learning. At CTIL, we seek to aim perfection all the time, although we may not often succeed in keeping up with our own expectations and benchmarks.
Join the CTIL Team and help us formulate and propose clearly though-through trade and investment policies and associated legal frameworks consistent with the Government of India’s overall policy objectives and goals.
We will be updating information on any career/employment or research opportunities on our website.

For further enquiries, please contact us at: ctiloffice@iift.edu.

Interning at CTIL

CTIL provides internship opportunities to law students who are currently in the advanced stage of their BA.,LL.B or LL.B/LL.M programmes to gain practical and hands-on experience of international trade and investment issues. In addition to the regular internship programme, CTIL also runs the Department of Commerce’s flagship internship programme in association with the Centre for WTO Studies.

For further enquires or to apply for internship opportunities, please contact: internshipctil@iift.edu



Dr. James J. Nedumpara

James J. Nedumpara is Professor and Head of the Centre for International Trade and Investment Law (CTIL) at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT). In this capacity he advises the Government of India on various aspects relating to international trade and investment law. He is currently on leave from Jindal Global Law School where he joined as a founding faculty. James has several years of experience in the field of international trade and economic law and has worked with leading law firms, corporate firms and also UNCTAD's India programme before joining academia.