WTO Scholars' Forum

The World Trade Organisation Scholars' Forum

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Research into international economic law is growing. Many research students are working in the area in universities throughout the UK and beyond, but often feel isolated from the wider community of specialist scholars in other institutions. In 2010 the WTO Scholars Forum created a Research Student Network for students working in international economic law to share research experiences and gain from peer review of their work. In addition to the Forum's annual seminar programme, several events are planned including a Reading Group and a series of student-led seminars. Content of the Research Students Network is driven by the needs and interests of the students involved. If you would like to be a part of the network, please contact the Forum's administrator, Ann Tucker (ann.tucker@ucl.ac.uk)


Research Students Network Events

Seminars Events and Bookings [here]

Reading Group Events, Bookings [here]

Reading Group Event Papers/Materials [here]

WTO Scholars Forum Forthcoming Events

Information and booking for WTO Scholars forthcoming coming events [here]

Network Members Profiles

Network Research member's profiles will be posted here at their request.
Please contact Ann Tucker who is the Forum administrator for further details [here]

Georges Studied English and European Law (LLB) at Queen Mary UL and Paris II ASSAS-Pantheon and undertook his LLM at the London School of Economics. Georges is currently a Phd Candidate at University College London researching in the field of Sovereign Wealth Funds and has also been a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University.

His research also examines possible regulatory frameworks for the investments of SWF in the context of the WTO. e-mail here
Emily began her PhD with the King's College London School of Law in 2009. Her thesis addresses new EU environmental regulations that respond to climate change, in particular biofuels sustainability criteria, and their interaction with international trade law. Previously, she managed Steelgrass Farm in Hawai'i, USA.

She also consulted at the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Economics and Trade Branch, and represented UNEP at the negotiations of the World Trade Organization's Committee on Trade and Environment.

Emily acted as the Grants and Programmes Administrator for the Conservation Land Trust family of organizations in San Francisco, California. She holds an Msc (Distinction) in Environmental Policy from University of Oxford, and a BA (Hons) in English Literature, with a correlate in Environmental Science, from Vassar College in New York. As part of her degree work, she spent time in Brazil studying impacts of ethanol production, and in East Africa studying agricultural land -use of Maasai people. Her research is supported by the King's International Graduate Scholarship, Overseas Research Students Award, and School of Law Studentship. e-mail here

Nicolás is a qualified lawyer ( Buenos Aires University Law School.). Master in International Relations (FLACSO, San Andrés & Barcelona University). LL.M. with distinction (London School of Economics). PhD student (London School of Economics). Assistant Researcher, Centre of Interdisciplinary Studies of Industrial and Economic Law ( University of Buenos Aires ).

Co-editor of Investment Treaty Law: Current issues IV (with Norah Gallagher), British Institute of International and Comparative Law. Editor and translator of international economic decisions and awards, Society of International Economy Law Translation Project. Former legal fellow of the International Investment Agreements Section (DITE, UNCTAD). Former Chief of Staff to a Member of the Lower House, Argentine Federal Congress. Former Lecturer in private international law ( Palermo University , Argentina ).

Former Assistant in private international law and international business law ( University of Buenos Aires ). Former coach at the Willem C. Vis competition in international arbitration and sales contract law ( University of Buenos Aires ). Former Editor in Chief of Lecciones y Ensayos Law Review ( Buenos Aires University Law School ). LSE PhD Award, 2009. British Chevening Scholarship, 2008. Banco Santander– Universidad Autónoma de Madrid CEAL Scholarship, 2002.

Admitted to practice before the bar of Buenos Aires, 2005. e-mail here

Mariya is currently a research student at UCL and is examining how the WTO encourages industrial agricultural practices. 

Through an analysis of the institutional framework of the WTO, Mariya hopes to show that some prevalent regulatory interpretations are not inevitable and that there is scope for the international trade regime to re-interpret its approach to trade and agriculture. 

The working title of the thesis is: The WTO and Post-Industrial Agriculture.  Prior to joining UCL as a research student, Mariya studied for an LLM at UCL and a Juris Doctor at the George Washington School of Law.  e-mail here

Lemonia Tsaroucha

Lemonia is completing a PhD at UCL on the dilemma between justice and finality in international courts and tribunals, with Professor Philippe Sands. Her research encompasses methods of review that exist in international public law adjudication and arbitration, looking at the WTO Appellate Body as one prominent example of a review mechanism in place. Drawing comparisons between the WTO system, the ICSID system and the ICJ, Lemonia is proposing a formula for effective international dispute settlement where the dilemma between justice and finality has been resolved.

Lemonia has been a Teaching Fellow at UCL since 2008, teaching World Legal Orders in the LL.B programme. She is qualified to practice law in Greece, and, before starting her PhD, she has worked for the Legal Service of the European Commission, for a Member of the European Parliament and in private practice. Lemonia holds an LL.M with specialisation in Public International Law from UCL, a Law Degree from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece) and a Certificate of Specialisation in International, European and Comparative Law from R. Schuman University of Strasbourg (France). e-mail here