The original TradeLab Clinic has been running at the Graduate Institute since 2008. During the fall semester of 2017, student teams worked on five unique projects for various beneficiaries and were supervised by Professors Joost Pauwelyn, Edward KwaKwa, Fuad Zarbiyev and Dr Michael Kende.
One of the student teams discussed and evaluated the Digital Geneva Convention proposed by Microsoft on the issue of cybersecurity for the Directorate General for Economic Development, Research and Innovation, Geneva (read the report here), while another team examined the topic of fisheries subsidies, an important agenda item for the World Trade Organization's MC11 meeting and an essential goal within the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
At the request of the Permanent Delegation of the African Union to the UN & WTO, the student team used Global Trade Alert, a database that monitors trade-restrictive measures implemented by countries worldwide, to identify and analyse discriminatory trade policies that adversely affect exports from Least Developed Countries of the African Union (read report here).
During the clinic, participants were able to build practical knowledge by studying the requirements of WTO accession, including learning how to draft documents related to the WTO accession process. The students were also given an opportunity to assess a dispute before a regional dispute settlement system for a coalition of small investors in a developing region of the world.