Akhil Raina has been involved in the study of International Economic Law for almost four years. He holds a B.Sc. LL.B. degree, with specializations in International Trade and Investment Law, from National Law University, Jodhpur (India), and is currently pursuing the IELPO LL.M. Programme at the University of Barcelona, on scholarship from the European Law Students Association (ELSA). He was also offered the Director's Scholarship to pursue the Masters in International Law and Economics (MILE) degree at the World Trade Institute.
Akhil has studied the subject from various dimensions, including writing, teaching, mooting as well as through professional internships. His fascination with the subject started as a participant in the ELSA Moot Court Competition, and he later went on to coach his University team to the World Finals of the competition. He is a passionate writer, having published his works in journals like the Global Trade and Customs Journal (Wolters Kluwer publication) and the Indian Journal of International Economic Law. For about two years he also maintained an online blog at www.tradeintransit.wordpress.com, which garnered around three thousand views. Akhil has taught a specialized course on GATT law to fourth-year students as a Student Teaching Assistant to Asst. Prof. Ajay K. Sharma (National Law University, Jodhpur), and has been involved in teaching physically handicapped students as a part of the IDIA (Increasing Diversity through Increasing Awareness) campaign.
Throughout his undergraduate studies, Akhil has interned with trade law firms and government institutions. Apart from his litigation-based internships, he has worked for short periods with firms like Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan Attorneys (twice) and Clarus Law Associates, and with the Centre for WTO Studies at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (twice). He has presented papers on trade, and IP (Intellectual Property) law at conferences like the Global IP Congress, hosted by National Law University, Delhi (India). In addition to this, he has taken part in a 4-week academy on International Trade Law and Policy, jointly organized by the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade and the World Trade Institute. Here he had the chance to closely interact with professors like Thomas Cottier, Christian Häberli, Pierre Sauvé and Jennifer Hillman. Akhil is also interested in Arbitration Law, having published papers and participated in moot competitions on the subject. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the Indian Journal of Arbitration Law for the academic year 2015-2016.
Akhil has been an active participant in debates and Model United Nation (MUN) conferences throughout his student life. His interests include basketball, music and theater. Since 2013, he has been a junior member at Bharat Stem Cells and Gene Bandhu, two Indian medical NGOs involved in spreading awareness regarding stem cell and blood donation. He is fluent in English, Hindi, and Kashmiri.