The Graduate Institute, Geneva
The Graduate Institute is a leading institution of research and higher education dedicated to the study of world affairs located in Geneva. The Centre for Trade and Economic Integration (CTEI) is the Graduate Institute’s Centre of Excellence for research on international trade. The Centre brings together the Institute’s research activities in the area of trade, investment, economic integration and globalization. The Centre provides a forum for discussion and dialogue, supporting the TradeLab International Economic Law Clinic in kind and through competitively-obtained third-party funding. The first TradeLab Clinic was initiated at the Graduate Institute by Professor Joost Pauwelyn in 2009, starting the TradeLab network of clinics and practica.
Colette van der Ven
The Graduate Institute
The Graduate Institute
"The fall 2021 Graduate Institute TradeLab was a great success with eighteen student trade advisors providing extremely useful and creative analysis, research, and practical recommendations regarding a wide variety of trade-related disciplines that were very well-received by six sets of grateful beneficiaries. Colette and I look forward to welcoming a new group of motivated students seeking a rigorous hands-on experience that will develop and sharpen key professional disciplines – a keen awareness of the beneficiaries needs, detailed research skills, creative problem-solving, oral advocacy skills, the ability to write in an organized, clear, and concise manner, and working collaboratively in a team."
"This was my first year teaching the TradeLab class, together with Scott Andersen. The experience was extremely rewarding. With the projects we selected this year, we tried to push the students to focus on emerging issues at the intersection of trade, sustainable development and the environment. I was extremely impressed by the innovative and creative approaches students developed in response to complex technical issues. The fact that many beneficiaries and experts in the field have expressed interest in the students' final reports is a testament to their hard work and out-of-the-box thinking. Another highlight for me was seeing the students grow during this process, not only in their writing and understanding of the issues, but also with respect to their interests in the issue. The fact that a group of students volunteered to keep working on issues similar to their project after the project was finished was a real highlight for me."
--Colette van der Ven