TradeLab is a Geneva-based initiative which brings together students, academics, and legal practitioners with the aim of empowering stakeholders to avail the benefits of research in international trade law and international investment law. Through pro bono Legal Clinics and Practica, TradeLab connects students and experienced legal professionals to research organizations, SMEs and civil society to build lasting legal capacity. TradeLab is the brainchild of Professors of International Law, Prof. Joost Pauwelyn and Prof. Sergio Puig and has attained a global presence since 2013 with renowned practitioners and academicians like Ms. Jennifer Hillman, Prof. Debra Steger and Prof. Valerie Hughes joining the initiative. At present, the TradeLab clinics are run at prestigious universities like Georgetown University (Washington D.C.), The Graduate Institute (Geneva), IELPO (Barcelona), University of Ottawa, National University of Singapore, to name a few.

The Legal Clinics and Practica are composed of small groups of highly qualified and carefully selected law students who work on specific legal questions posed by beneficiaries (SMEs, NGOs, industry bodies etc.). The students work over the course of a semester and conduct detailed legal research and work on several drafts shared with Academic Supervisors (faculties at CTIL and their respective law schools), Mentors and beneficiaries for comments and feedback. The output ranges from a legal memorandum to a research project, report, draft law or other output tailored to the beneficiary’s needs. At the end of the semester, the groups submit a written output and orally present their project in class in the presence of the beneficiaries and other invited guests.

CTIL: The TradeLab-India operations are conducted in a hub-and-spoke model with CTIL acting as an anchor establishment between the universities and the beneficiaries in order to ensure seamless coordination and communication among all the parties. Clinics are a win-win for all involved: Beneficiaries receive expert work done for free and build capacity; students learn by doing, obtain academic credits and expand their networks; Academic Supervisors and Mentors share their knowledge on cutting-edge issues and increase their ability to attract and engage top students with proven skills.

Goals of the Clinic

First, to enhance students’ substantive legal knowledge of international economic law. Students learn, not through traditional in-class teaching, but by working “hands-on” together in a team on a specific legal project, of real practical importance to their Beneficiary.

Second, the clinic aims at improving students’ professional skills to become successful lawyers: the ability to analyze complex legal problems, to apply the law to a set of facts, to interact with Beneficiaries, to work in groups with other lawyers across cultures and language barriers, to convincingly make oral presentations, to write legal memoranda or submissions, and to adapt the explanation of legal expertise to diverse audiences.

Third, the clinic aims to stimulate personal skills and aspirations of students: to make them aware of professional opportunities in the international economic law field, and to discover new challenges and opportunities. Through interactions with other students and a diversity of Beneficiaries (including from other countries), participants will build inter-personal skills, learn about other cultures, and experience the challenges and needs of a wide variety of stakeholders affected by international economic law.


Clinic description

The Centre for Trade and Investment Law (CTIL) conducted a TradeLab Clinic during the Spring Semester of Academic Year 2020-21. The Clinic was conducted at the National Law University, Jodhpur (NLUJ), which is one of the premier law schools in India providing an academic specialization in International Trade Laws. At CTIL, the clinic is led by Dr. James J. Nedumpara (Head, CTIL) and supported by Mr. Satwik Shekhar (Assistant Professor, CTIL). The clinic at NLUJ was limited to one project and three students. The students were selected through an application process involving the submission of CVs and Letters of Intent or Statement of Purpose. In addition to academic exposure, all the applicants were required to show research background in the field of international trade law or international investment law.

The CTIL-TradeLab Law Clinic was conducted at NLUJ under the supervision of Dr. Rosmy Joan, Assistant Professor of Law, who is the faculty in-charge for International Trade Law specialization and will be the Academic Supervisor for the Clinic.

Beneficiary: Indian Steel Association

Indian Steel Association (ISA) is an industry body that represents all the major Public and Private Sector steel enterprises of India. As a platform for Indian iron and steel industry, ISA facilitates addressing of issues, concerns and challenges common to its members, with the Government of India and other stakeholders within and outside India in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, including but not limited to, the competition laws in India and abroad, for the time being, in force.

To access the full report, please click here . The report is initially published by TradeLab.

Research Team

Ashutosh Arvind Kumar

Ashutosh Arvind Kumar is a penultimate year student at National Law University pursuing law with specialization in International Trade and Investment Law. He has previously interned with the Centre for Trade and Investment Law and assisted on various projects. He has worked under Mr. Akhil Raina, Marie-Curie Fellow at Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies and Juris Corp advocates and solicitors. He is currently the Managing Editor at the Journal on Corporate Law and Governance at NLU Jodhpur

Ayushi Singh

Ayushi Singh is a final year student of National Law University, Jodhpur pursuing B.A. LL.B. (International Trade and Investment Law Hons.). She was a participant in the 7th CWS-WTI Joint Academy, 2019, and is currently a Senior Content Editor on the Editorial Board of the Trade, Law & Development journal. She is interested in International Economic Law and Policy and its connection to other legal disciplines. She has multiple publications addressing cross-cutting issues of International Trade Law.

Sahil Verma

Sahil Verma is a penultimate year student of B.B.A. LL.B. (International Trade and Investment Law Hons.) at National Law University, Jodhpur. He is the Managing Editor on the board of Trade, Law & Development Journal. He has developed keen interest in the field of international economic law through his internships with CTIL and Clarus Law Associates, Delhi. He also has a keen interest in the field of public international law through various moots and publications in the subject matter.

Sukanya Viswanathan

Sukanya Viswanathan is a penultimate year student of B.A. LL.B. (International Trade and Investment Law) Hons. at National Law University, Jodhpur. She is an Editor on the Board of the Trade, Law and Development Journal. She has developed a keen interest in the field of international trade and economic law through participation in moot court competitions based on public international law, and has won accolades at the same.

Clinic description

The Centre for Trade and Investment Law (CTIL) conducted a TradeLab Clinic during the Spring Semester of Academic Year 2020-21. The Clinic was conducted at the National Law University, Jodhpur (NLUJ), which is one of the premier law schools in India providing an academic specialization in International Trade Laws. At CTIL, the clinic is led by Dr. James J. Nedumpara (Head, CTIL) and supported by Mr. Satwik Shekhar (Assistant Professor, CTIL). The clinic at NLUJ was limited to one project and three students. The students were selected through an application process involving the submission of CVs and Letters of Intent or Statement of Purpose. In addition to academic exposure, all the applicants were required to show research background in the field of international trade law or international investment law.

The CTIL-TradeLab Law Clinic was conducted at NLUJ under the supervision of Dr. Rosmy Joan, Assistant Professor of Law, who is the faculty in-charge for International Trade Law specialization and will be the Academic Supervisor for the Clinic.

Beneficiary- SERVICES EXPORT PROMOTION COUNCIL

SEPC is an Export Promotion Council set by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India. It is an apex trade body which facilitates service exporters of India. As an advisory body it actively contributes to the formulation of policies of Government of India and acts as an interface between the Services Industry and the Government.

To access the full report, please click here .

Research Team

Parnika Mittal

Parnika Mittal is a final year student at the National Law University, Jodhpur, pursuing law with a specialization in International Trade and Investment Law. She has previously served on the Editorial Board of the Trade, Law and Development journal and has also held the position of the Editor-in-Chief of the NLUJ Centre for Intellectual Property Studies Blog. She has interned with the Centre for Trade and Investment Law (CTIL) under the mentorship of Prof. Dr. James Nedumpara. She has a keen interest in International Economic Law.

Neerali Nanda

Neerali Nanda is a third year student at National Law University, Jodhpur pursuing B.A. LL.B. She has previously interned at the Centre for Trade and Investment Law, New Delhi. She is an Associate Editor at the Journal of Trade, Law and Development. She has an avid interest in economics and economic law developed through participation in a court competition on international intellectual property law.

Nishant Sharma

Nishant Sharma is a fourth-year (Business Law Honour) student at National Law University – Jodhpur. He is currently serving as an Editor on the Board of the journal – Trade, Law and Development. He takes a keen interest in international economic law and has previously interned with the Centre for Trade and Investment Law, New Delhi.

Clinic description

The Centre for Trade and Investment Law (CTIL) is running a TradeLab Clinic during the Fall Semester of Academic Year 2021-22. The Clinic is being run at the National Law University, Jodhpur (NLUJ), which is one of the premier law schools in India providing an academic specialization in International Trade Laws. At CTIL, the clinic is led by Dr. James J. Nedumpara (Head, CTIL) and supported by Mr. Satwik Shekhar (Assistant Professor, CTIL). The clinic at NLUJ is limited to one project and four students. The students have been selected through an application process involving the submission of CVs and Letters of Intent or Statement of Purpose. In addition to academic exposure, all the applicants were required to show research background in the field of international trade law or international investment law.

The CTIL-TradeLab Law Clinic is being conducted at NLUJ under the supervision of Dr. Rosmy Joan, Assistant Professor of Law, who is the faculty in-charge for International Trade Law specialization and will be the Academic Supervisor for the Clinic.

Beneficiary - The International Centre for Alternative Dispute Resolution

The ICADR is an autonomous organization working under the aegis of the Ministry of Law & Justice, Govt. of India with its headquarters at New Delhi and Regional Centres at Hyderabad and Bangalore. The Regional Centres of ICADR are fully funded and supported by the respective State Governments.

The Chief Justice of India is the Patron of ICADR. At the regional level, the Chief Justice of the concerned High Court is the Patron of the Regional Centre of ICADR. Dr. H.R. Bhardwaj, Former Union Minister for Law & Justice, Government of India is the Chairman of ICADR. The Governing Council of ICADR comprises of several eminent personalities drawn from various fields.

Research Team

Avantika Mehndiratta

I introduce myself as Avantika Mehndiratta, a fourth-year law student pursuing her B.A.LLB (International Trade Law & Investment Hons.) at National Law University, Jodhpur. My participation at various moot court competitions, ADR’s, debates etc. has evoked my interest in Trade Law, Investment law and Arbitration considerably. Following my areas of interest, I took up Trade Law as my Honours stream. I enjoy keeping myself abreast on upcoming developments around the world in these fields. I also have a strong penchant towards writing and research, especially in the areas that concern International Law, Trade Law and Arbitration.

Khushi Agrawal

My name is Khushi Agrawal. I am a third year law student pursuing B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) from National Law University Jodhpur. I currently hold the position of Associate Editor at Trade, Law and Development (TL&D), which provides a forum for constructive debate on legal and policy issues surrounding world trade, cross-border investment, and development. My areas of interest include, but are not limited to, international trade law, corporate and commercial laws, and media law.

Rajiv Yadav

My name is Rajiv Yadav. I am currently in my third year pursuing B.B.A. LL.B.(Hons.) at National Law University, Jodhpur. I am also serving as an Associate Editor at Indian Journal of Arbitration Law (IJAL), which initiates discussions on contemporary issues of global interest in the field of Arbitration inter alia through publications, conferences. Over the course of my study at law school and work at internships, I have developed interest in the field of international arbitration, trade and investment law, and technology law.

Shruti Maheshwari

My name is Shruti Maheshwari, and I am in my fourth year pursuing B.A.LL.B (Business Law Hons.) at National Law University Jodhpur. I have always been interested in social sciences, current affairs and international relations and thereby the subjects of Public International Law and International Trade Law deeply fascinates me. Moreover, through my academic project on “India’s position on Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership” and my internship in the practice area of customs and international trade with matters pertaining to HS Classification, Export Promotion Capital Goods Scheme, etc., have helped me further enhance my knowledge in varied areas of international law.

Clinic description

The Centre for Trade and Investment Law (CTIL) is running a TradeLab Clinic during the Fall Semester of Academic Year 2021-22. The Clinic is being run at the Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar (GNLU), which is one of the premier law schools in India providing an academic specialization in International Trade Laws. At CTIL, the clinic is led by Dr. James J. Nedumpara (Head, CTIL) and supported by Mr. Satwik Shekhar (Assistant Professor, CTIL). The clinic at GNLU is limited to one project and four students. The students have been selected through an application process involving the submission of CVs and Letters of Intent or Statement of Purpose. In addition to academic exposure, all the applicants were required to show research background in the field of international trade law or international investment law.

The CTIL-TradeLab Law Clinic is being conducted at GNLU under the supervision of Ms. Harsha Rajwanshi, Dean of External Relations and Assistant Professor of Law, who is the faculty in-charge for International Trade Law specialization and will be the Academic Supervisor for the Clinic.

Beneficiary- Confidential

Research Team

Salonee Shukla

Salonee Shukla is a fourth-year student at Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar pursuing a B.A.LLB. (Hons.). She has formerly interned at the Centre for Trade and Investment Law amongst her trade law related experiences. She holds a keen interest in international economic law due to her participation in the John H Jackson Moot Court Competition and currently serves as a Research Assistant in the WTO Chairs Programme. She wishes to seek higher education in the same field.

Bhavnish Kaur

Bhavnish Kaur is a fifth-year student pursuing B.S.W. LL.B. (Hons.) at Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar. She is an international law and trade law enthusiast. Her participation in John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition sparked her interest in the field of trade law and she further developed it through an internship with the Centre for Trade and Investment Law. She wishes to pursue a career in international law and policy.

Anchit Jasuja

Anchit is a fourth-year student pursuing B.S.W. LL.B. (Hons.) at Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar. He has gained an interest in international trade and economic law due to his participation in the Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition. Further, he has written articles focusing on the conflict between international trade law and international environmental policy, and international investment arbitration. In line with his interests, he wishes to pursue a career in international economic law.

Manthan Nagpal

Manthan Nagpal is a final year law student at Gujarat National Law University, pursuing B.A. LL.B. (Hons.). He developed a keen interest in International Economic Law due to his participation in John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition and FDI Moot Court Competition. He has also served as a Student Editor of GNLU Journal on Law and Economics.