The second field trip scheduled in the IELPO calendar took place in the end of February, from Tuesday 24 to Thursday 26. The destination this time was Geneva. Unlike the field trip to Madrid, this trip was organized on the basis of setting up personalized agendas depending on the interests of each student and some common activities.
IELPO students visited the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), the Advisory Centre on WTO Law (ACWL) and the World Trade Organización (WTO).
At the ICTSD, David Vivas together with Trineesh Biswas presented ICTSD projects and the current situation in the Doha Round; Adriana Verdier and Perla Buenrostro talked about ICTSD publications and Marie Chamay dealt with the Global Platform on Climate Change, Trade and Sustainable Energy. To conclude, Ahmed Abdel Latif addressed the challenges posed by IP regulation in the current normative context.
Hunter Nottage, Counsel at the ACWL, received IELPO students on February 25 to explain what the role of the ACWL is within the dispute settlement procedures before the WTO.
On February 26 IELPO students spent the whole morning at the WTO, having meetings with Mr Alejandro Jara, Deputy-General Director of the WTO and Mr. Bruce Wilson, Director of the Legal Affairs Division of the WTO. Before these meetings, IELPO students had one of the sessions of the IELPO Workshop in Negotiations, which instead of taking place in Barcelona was moved to Room C of the WTO building. Vera Thorstensen coordinated this session, devoted to agriculture, and the group counted on the presence of Hamish Smith, from the Agriculture and Commodities Division of the WTO.
Apart from this common agenda, students had interviews with different law firms and Permanent Missions to the WTO (Spain, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Uruguay, Colombia and EU) as well as with officials from different international organizations such as WIPO and UNCTAD.