Maarja Kuklane (formerly Saluste) is working in the World Customs Organization in the Origin Sub-Directorate and deals with matters related to Rules of Origin, including the proliferation of Free Trade Agreements.
After her studies in the University of Barcelona she did internships in the World Customs Organization in the Origin Sub-Directorate and in the Services Unit (Trade in Services) of the DG Trade in the European Commission. In the Services Unit she took part of various negotiations such as negotiations on TTIP and TiSA.
She graduated from the IELPO Programme in 2013. During her studies she participated actively in the classes and represented the University of Barcelona and the IELPO Programme when taking part of the WTO Model 2013 negotiation simulation entitled “Intellectual Property Rights – Guardians of sustainable development?” organized by Oikos St. Gallen and the WTO. At the end of the academic year she received the awards for IELPO’s Best Team and IELPO’s Best Speaker at the IELPO – WTI Moot Court.
She obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of Tartu's Faculty of Law, Estonia (2011). In the course of her studies in the University of Tartu, she was a member of the national board of ELSA Estonia and a student’s representative in the Council of the Faculty of Law.
After entering into the master’s programme in Estonia, she spent one year as an exchange student in the University of Münster, Germany (2012). During her exchange year she participated in the ELSA Moot Court on WTO law and won three awards for the Best Complainant’s Written Submissions, Best Respondent’s Written Submissions and the Overall Best Written Submissions. In 2012 she participated in the WTI Summer Academy in Bern where she followed courses on Trade Remedies and Settling Investment Disputes. This experience brought her to the understanding that international trade law is the right field for her and she was convinced that the IELPO Programme provided the highest specialization in international economic law and policy.
During her studies in Estonia she also completed internships in the Office of the Chancellor of Justice and in an advocate’s law office. In 2012 she was part of a team drafting an analysis on the European Stability Mechanism for the Estonian Ministry of Justice that was later presented to Supreme Court of Estonia and for the academic year 2011/2012 she was working as an assistant for the subject of constitutional law in the University of Tartu.
Maarja is a native speaker in Estonian. She is fluent in English and good in German.
(Last update: October 2015)