loader image
Seminar in Advanced International Trade: “International trade and modern slavery”
The “Seminar in Advanced International Trade” deals with forced labor in the context of a globalizing world. On the one hand, trade has the potential to reduce poverty and inequality, thereby providing a basis against the use of forced labor, which is made possible due to extreme poverty. On the other hand, trade puts companies under competitive pressure, thereby incentivizing the search for ever cheaper workers and loopholes to circumvent local labor standards. In this seminar, we take an encompassing look at the phenomenon of “Modern Slavery”. Thus, the seminar is an economics seminar, but open to interdisciplinary takes on the topic. In your seminar paper, you will find your own research question in the realm of one of the following topics. Our seminar session encompasses student presentations and extended discussions on the grounds of your expertise and the mandatory reading material.

The seminar is fully virtual and accompanied by a Moodle course, where students can share thoughts
and ideas. You receive your final grade for the seminar paper in January 2022. The grade is based on
your written work. Also, you have the chance to earn bonus points during the seminar (presentation
and discussion), which correspond to up to 10% of your final grade.


  • Kick-Off Meeting: October 27th, 2021 (16pm)
  • Choice of Topic: November 1st, 2021
  • Submission of Extended Abstract for Peer Review (not graded): November 15th, 2021
  • Submission of Seminar Paper (15 pages): December 12th, 2021
  • Seminar Discussion: December 13th and 14th, 2021
  • Informal virtual Coffee-Meetings: October 29th, November 12th, December 10th (12:15 to 13:45)

Information material (PDF Download):

Registration modalities:

Obligatory: International Trade (at least a Bachelor course), Desirable: Econometrics






Kick-Off Meeting: October 27th, 2021 (16pm)