Meet our Executive Committee
The TradeLab Executive Committee comprises of the following members:
Meet our Advisory Board
We are pleased to introduce you to our Advisory Board composed of an international network of leading experts:
Anabel González is a global expert and practitioner in the field of trade and economic development. Previously, she was the Senior Director, Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice, World Bank from July 2014 to December 2017. She also served as Minister of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica for several years.
Arancha González is the Executive Director of the International Trade Center (ITC), the joint cooperation agency between the World Trade Organization and the United Nations. Prior to joining the ITC in 2013, Ms. González served as Chief of Staff to World Trade Organization Director-General Pascal Lamy from 2005 to 2013.
Rajeev Kher is a Distinguished Fellow at the Research and Information System for Developing Countries, India (RIS). Prior to RIS, Rajeev Kher was a Member at the Competition Appellate Tribunal for two years. He superannuated as Commerce Secretary, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, India, after 35 years with the Indian Administrative Service.
Ucheora Onwuamaegbu is currently a consulting attorney in Arent Fox LLP’s International Trade practice. He was Senior Counsel at the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) for over ten years, and prior to ICSID, he was a lawyer at the United Nations Compensations Commission in Geneva.
Claudia Orozco is a senior trade law practitioner with an independent practice advising companies, industry associations and Governments, and a specialist in WTO dispute settlement with extensive experience as a panelist and an arbitrator. She is credited for the establishment of the Advisory Centre on WTO Law (ACWL). She also served as the Minister Counsellor at the Colombian Mission to the WTO in Geneva from 1994 to 2000.
John Weekes is a Senior Business Advisor at Bennett Jones LLP, Ottawa. Previously, he was the Senior International Trade Policy Adviser at Sidley Austin LLP, Geneva. Prior to Sidley, Mr Weekes was Canada’s Ambassador to the WTO from 1995 to 1999 and served as the Chair of the WTO General Council in 1998, and of the Working Party on the Accession of Saudi Arabia to the WTO from 1996 until 2002.
Pamela Coke-Hamilton is the Director of the Division on International Trade and Commodities of UNCTAD. She has vast experience on international trade and development policy gained from her tenure with regional and international organizations, as well as through her work with national governments and universities. She previously served as the Executive Director of the Caribbean Export Development Agency, where she led major private sector development projects. Before this, she spearheaded the Aid for Trade initiative for the Caribbean at the Inter-American Development Bank and addressed trade and globalization issues facing small island developing states at the Organization of American States.
Articles of Association
TradeLab is governed by Articles 60 et seq. of the Swiss Civil Code and in accordance with the Swiss Civil Code, the purpose, aims and structure of TradeLab are codified in its Articles of Association.
The key provisions from the Articles of Association are outlined below:
According to Article 5, membership of TradeLab shall be open only to universities/ centres that participate or want to participate in a legal clinic or practicum part of the TradeLab network ("member organizations"). The members, currently standing at 13, are:
Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service, Washington, D.C.
Georgetown University Law Center, Washington. D.C.
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Centre for International Trade and Investment Law (CTIL), India
Monash University, Melbourne
National University of Singapore, Singapore
Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya
The University of the West Indies, Barbados
Queen’s University, Faculty of Law, Ontario
The Graduate Institute, Geneva
Trade Policy Training Centre in Africa (TRAPCA), Arusha
European Public Law Organization (EPLO), Greece
University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Ottawa
Any organization interested in becoming a member should contact the Executive Committee.
The main organ of TradeLab is the General Assembly, composed of all member organizations. All members have the right to compose their own delegation and nominate its representative for voting purposes. Each member shall have one vote at the General Assembly.
TradeLab Executive Committee
The second organ is the TradeLab Executive Committee composed of individuals acting in their personal capacity and appointed by the General Assembly.
The Advisory Board shall be composed of high-level, senior professionals, acting in their individual capacity, to provide strategic input on the functioning of TradeLab.
In making appointments to the Advisory Board, TradeLab supports the achievements of gender equality in accordance with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 5 and is also committed to ensuring geographic diversity among Advisory Board Members.
You can also access the entire text of the Articles of Association here.
Contact TradeLab confidentially: email the TradeLab Coordinator, Lauren Robbins, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Professor of Law, Queen's University
Professor and Head, Centre for Trade and Investment Law, IIFT & Professor, Jindal Global Law School
Professor of Law, National University of Singapore, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for International Law
Teaching Fellow, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law