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The Centre for Trade Policy and Law (CTPL), established in 1989, is jointly sponsored by The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University and the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa. CTPL was established to promote greater public understanding of trade policy issues, to foster independent analysis and research of trade policy issues, and to encourage the development of trade policy professionals.

The core of the Centre's program includes a range of interrelated activities: The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) has spent the past 40 years training the highest caliber of graduate students in the art of international affairs, offering accreditations at the master’s and Doctoral levels. NPSIA’s programs use the philosophy of a wide knowledge base gives a better understanding of the complex global environment, using disciplines such as political science, economics, law, sociology, public health and history. NPSIA is a full and functioning member of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs, along with the best graduate programs in international affairs including those in Britain, France, Singapore, Korea, Russia, Switzerland and China.