Participating in the ELSA Moot Court Competition on WTO law is a unique challenge and fantastic experience for participants and supporters. As Professor at the University of Geneva and member of the Legal Affairs Division of the WTO, I have been supporting this international competition for several years. I take great pleasure in meeting, on different occasions and across the world, former moot participants who have now become practicing WTO experts. Participants in the ELSA activities, and in particular in the ELSA Moot Court Competition on WTO law, are privileged to be able to meet colleagues from all over the world, with whom they will keep in contact well into the future. They also have a unique opportunity to practice international advocacy and litigation during the moot competition, and many go on to dream careers in international trade law or economics as academics, private practitioners, or government officials. Indeed, the WTO and several of its Members have recruited interns and talented young trade professionals who became interested in the WTO through their participation in the ELSA Moot Court Competition on WTO law. For the WTO, having participated in the ELSA Moot Court Competition on WTO law, is always a “plus” for candidates for an internship or a regular lawyer job! In a certain way, the ELSA Moot Court Competition on WTO law is an important capacity building tool for students, Members and the WTO itself. This is why the WTO Secretariat supports the ELSA Moot Court Competition on WTO law – by providing experts to serve as panelists, and by hosting the final round at the WTO premises in Geneva –and why WTO DG Roberto Azevêdo has become Patron of this international competition.
Counselor in the Legal Affairs Division of the WTO and Professor at Geneva University