TradeLab Governance

 

Meet our Executive Committee

 

The TradeLab Executive Committee comprises of the following members: 

Lauren Robbins

Secretary

Teaching Fellow, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law

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. 

Meet our Advisory Board 

 

We are pleased to introduce you to our Advisory Board composed of an international network of leading experts:

       Anabel González

       Arancha González

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

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

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

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

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.

 

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: 

Membership

 

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 12, are: 

  • Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service, Washington, D.C. 

  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington. D.C. 

  • The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

  • Jindal Global Law School, Haryana 

  • Monash University, Melbourne

  • National University of Singapore, Singapore

  • 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 

  • University of Barcelona, IELPO, Barcelona 

  • University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Ottawa 

Any organization interested in becoming a member should contact the Executive Committee

 

General Assembly

 

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.  

 

Advisory Board

 

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

 

Contact TradeLab confidentially: online, via email at info@tradelab.org or email the TradeLab Coordinator, Lauren Robbins, at coordinator@tradelab.org  

President

Professor of International Law, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), Geneva

Vice-President

Full Professor, Hyman Soloway Chair in Business and Trade Law, University of Ottawa

Professor of Practice, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington. D.C. 

Professor of Law, Director, International Trade and Business Law Program, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law

Associate Professor, Sylvan M. Cohen Chair in Law
Academic Director, Minerva Center for Human Rights, Hebrew University

Ayelet Berman

Professor of Law, National University of Singapore, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for International Law

Deputy Director, Shridath Ramphal Centre, University of the West Indies

Treasurer

Executive Director, Center for Trade and Economic Integration,  Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies 

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