Marieke Koekkoek was born in Amsterdam in 1989. After obtaining her high school degree, she travelled and worked for one year in Australia and several European countries. During these travels she met people from different walks of life and cultures. From this experience a passion for understanding different cultures has sprung, which eventually inspired her to pursue a career on an international level.
Marieke has started her student life as an undergraduate at the University of Utrecht. During her bachelor degree she took elective courses on international human rights and international mediation. Besides enjoying academic life, Marieke was an active member of “Urios” study organization for international and European law. She served as chair of the Model United Nations Society, member of the activities committee and participated as a delegate in several Model United Nations simulations in Paris, Oxford and the Hague. Furthermore, she worked at non-profit organization “De Kleine Consultant” as a consultant and team-leader for small start-up companies focused on sustainability.
Marieke’s interest for international trade was triggered while writing her bachelor thesis on the possibilities of sustainable trade within the World Trade Organization. She became convinced that one of the major drawbacks of global economic development, the declining standard of human rights, has to be addressed from within the existing global trade framework. In order to obtain a better understanding of international trade, she took part in the International Trade and Investment Law program in the University of Amsterdam. During this year, Marieke participated in the ELSA Moot Court Competition on WTO Law.
Marieke is convinced law and politics should serve as a tool of improvement to society. She further believes that real improvements can only be made when the interests of all actors involved are protected. Her goal in her future career is to contribute to the protection of human rights in international trade. She is certain that the International Economic Law and Policy program will provide her with a better understanding of the interests involved in international trade, which will bring her closer to this goal.