Student: Charalampos Giannakopoulos
Clinic: Graduate Institute Clinic, 2013-2014
Project: Land Expropriation: General International Law and Potential WTO Complaint (Confidential)
“I was involved in the Trade and Investment Law Clinic at the Graduate Institute in Geneva. Along with two other students we were tasked with drafting a court submission and with plotting a legal strategy to maximize the beneficiary’s chances of success in the event of litigation. Some time after completing our task, we found out that the beneficiary donated a considerable sum of money to the Institute’s clinic course as an expression of gratitude.
Participating in the clinic was an immensely useful experience; often challenging but ultimately rewarding. There were several benefits from doing the project in terms of developing one’s skills, all of which have made a difference in my professional path later on. The biggest benefits for me personally were, the fact that the clinic was a good opportunity to experience how working as a legal adviser is like, and the opportunity to follow a training session on public speaking from a professional in the field. Last but not least, completing the project gave me a sense of fulfillment in knowing that my work may have helped someone else achieve their goals.
Having had the experience, I truly believe that clinical courses should be included in all law school curricula. I would happily see their role as an educational tool expanded even further in the future.”