Matisse Barbaro was born in Mendrisio, Switzerland in 1992. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations, with major in International Law from the University of Geneva (Switzerland). Matisse also participated in an exchange program at the University of Helsinki (Finland), where she took some advanced Master courses and a Master/PhD course (on Intellectual Property Rights and Competition Law). During her undergraduate, she was an active delegate in the Finnish Model of United Nations 2015, and a member of the student association ALMA (an association aimed at promoting the cultural and political exchange with the Latin American culture). She was a volunteer at the World Federation of United Nation Associations (WFUNA, an ONG affiliated to the United Nations). In 2014, she worked as a Swiss delegate in a program of cultural awareness held by BME University in Budapest (Hungary). In the summer of 2015, she interned for Sustainable Finance Geneva (SFG), a Swiss association for innovation in sustainable finance.
Matisse’s passion for WTO law was sparked during her studies when she took her first course on WTO Law lectured by Prof. Gabrielle Marceau at the University of Geneva. In order to deepen her knowledge in the field, she participated in the ELSA WTO Moot Court Competition 2014/2015 with the University of Geneva, where the team won the Valerie Hughes Award for Best-Written Submission for Respondent. Due to her high interest in International Dispute Settlement, Matisse was assistant coach in two editions of the Philip C. Jessup Moot Court Competition, and in one edition of ELSA WTO Moot Court Competition 2015/2016. She has also written articles on international law, in particular international trade law, for an online blog (Internal Law Square, https://ilsquare.wordpress.com) and for the law firm TMC Legal (http://tmclegal.com/news/?lang=en) .
Before joining IELPO, in 2015-2016, Matisse worked in the field of International Trade Law in Mexico City. First, she worked in customs duties for TMC Legal, a Mexican law firm. Afterwards, she worked in trade remedies for Vazquez Tercero y Zepeda (VTZ), one of Mexico’s leading law firms in GATT/WTO, NAFTA, and trade remedies related matters. At VTZ, she participated in anti-dumping investigations before the Ministry of Economy of Mexico, and in an anti-dumping procedure before a NAFTA Panel. Furthermore, during her stay in Mexico, Matisse participated in the course of the Appellate Body member Ricardo Ramirez on “Mexico in the Legal Framework of International Trade Law” at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).
Matisse decided to join the IELPO LL.M. Programme with the aim of increasing her knowledge and developing high skills in Internal Economic Law, in order to pursue her professional ambition of becoming an expert in WTO Law. She was also offered the Director's Scholarship to pursue the Master in International Law and Economics (MILE) degree at the World Trade Institute (Bern, Switzerland).
Matisse is a native Italian speaker; she is fluent in English, Spanish, French, intermediate in German and beginner in Hungarian, Portuguese and Finnish.