The field trip aims at exposing students to some of the main actors in the field of international economic law and policy in Geneva, giving them the possibility of arranging personal job, internship and master thesis-related interviews. The trip also serves as an IELPO Alumni Gathering since current students meet with former IELPO students currently working in Geneva.
IELPO students had not only individual meetings in their respective Permanent Missions to the WTO, law firms, think tanks, NGOs and international organizations that interest them, but also group meetings in different institutions and key international organizations.
Students first visited the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), where a former IELPO student, Ms. Jasmin Hundorf, talked about the work developed by UNEP, especially in the context of the ‘Green Economy' and the road to Rio+20 Summit. Afterwards, students had a meeting at the Arbitration and Mediation Centre of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), where Mrs. Cathy Jewel, Editor of the WIPO Magazine, and Mrs. Judith Schallnau, Legal Officer at the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center, presented the WIPO structure, publications, functions and activities, and the work of the Arbitration and Mediation Center. After WIPO, students attended a meeting at the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD). Here Mr. Andrew Crosby, its Managing Director, welcomed IELPO students and gave a brief introduction to ICTSD. In addition, Mr. Ammad Bahalim, Agriculture Programme Officer, talked about food security and sustainable development and after this intervention students had an introduction to the ICTSD publications by Mr. Giacomo Pascolini (Production and Marketing Coordinator).
IELPO students also had a meeting at the Advisory Centre on WTO Law (ACWL) with its Executive Director, Dr. Frieder Roessler, who beyond introducing the ACWL, engaged in an intense exchange of opinions with the students regarding recent developments in WTO case law and developing countries. IELPO students also visited the World Trade Organization (WTO), where Mr. Peter Van den Bossche, an Appellate Body Member, discussed on the role of the WTO Law in the international economic crisis. Right after his presentation, Mr. Kim Eki, from the WTO Market Access Division, dealt with the main implications of rules of origin in international trade nowadays. Later on, Mr. Fernando Rojas-Gonzalez from the WTO Trade and Environment Division and Ms. Jennifer Hamaoui, a former IELPO student who is currently a Legal Officer at the WTO Legal Affairs Division, finalized the WTO visit talking about recent relevant jurisprudence.
Finally, on their last day, IELPO students were welcomed at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), where Mr. Hamed El Kady addressed the topic of international investment policies and their implications for developing countries.
The field trip's social agenda included an IELPO Alumni Gathering were current IELPO students met former ones. Ms. Jennifer Hamaoui (WTO Legal Affairs Division), Mr. Mateo Ferrero (WTO Appellate Body), Ms. Maria Alcover (WTO Appellate Body), Ms. Jasmin Hundorf (UNEP), Mr. Farazally Rojid (UNCTAD), Ms. Weiwei Zhang (IHEID) together with former IELPO Associate Director, Mrs. Laura Gómez-Bustos (ICTSD) and former Coordinator of the IELPO Programme, Mr. Diego Gutiérrez (IHEID) participated in the event.
In the following weeks, the IELPO Community in Geneva will be increased by the arrival or Ms. Mariona Cusí (Delegation of the EU to the WTO), Ms. Hannah Hüll (WTO External Relations Division) and Mr. Thomas Obersteiner (WTO Appellate Body).