The students, Olayinka Oladeji and Vincent Beyer presented a Policy Brief on ‘What holds back African LDC Exports?: Translating Global Trade Alert Data into a Positive Trade Agenda for Africa’. The Policy Brief, authored together with Pamela Anne Bayona, was based on research conducted as part of their work for the TradeLab clinic. Joost Pauwelyn, Professor of International Law at The Graduate Institute, guided the three students in his capacity as the academic supervisor of the clinic project.
The research makes a legal assessment of the economic information collected by Global Trade Alert, a database covering trade-discriminatory measures effected by countries worldwide. According to Global Trade Alert data, exports from African LDC countries are hindered mainly by tariffs, non-tariff measures and subsidies, especially those imposed by large developing countries (read more about the MC11 presentation here).