International Economic Law Clinic

Joost Pauwelyn
(with Anne Saab & Fuad Zarbiyev)

DI105 | Autumn | 9 ECTS

Important! There is a special selection procedure for this course; only admitted students can register for this course. Please observe the rules carefully.

This seminar/clinic offers a unique opportunity to thoroughly analyze international trade and investment law and jurisprudence through a combination of practice and theory. Projects in the broader field of international economic law (covering issues such as IP, tax or finance) may also be retained. Students will work in small groups (“project teams”) and under supervision of a Professor, Teaching Assistant and invited Geneva-based experts from practice on specific legal questions coming from real “clients”, such as international organizations, governments or NGOs. In addition, four expert-led workshops on substantive topics related to the projects will be organized (with guest speakers) and three skills sessions will be held (with dedicated professionals) to improve library research, legal writing and oral presentation skills. At the end of the semester, the groups will submit written legal memos and orally present their projects in class in the presence of the "client" and other invited guests. To get an idea of the types of projects done in previous years, click here.  Spaces are limited and allocated based on CV and acquired knowledge of international trade and/or investment law. Students should have taken a basic trade/WTO or investment law/ISDS course before applying.

Spaces are limited to 12 students and allocated based on CV, acquired knowledge of IEL and the nature of the projects. Students should have taken a basic trade/WTO or investment law course before applying.
CVs together with a brief motivation statement should be submitted to Hsien Wu via e-mail ( before 18:00, 16 September (Friday). A notice of the allocation result will be issued on September 18 (Sunday) by 18:00.