30 Jun 2015

Reaching the end of another MILE

The 15th Master of International Law and Economics programme has come to an official end with a closing ceremony at the WTI on 27 June.

The MILE 15 class with teachers and staff

The event saw retiring Professor Thomas Cottier, founder and former managing director of the WTI, give a farewell lecture on the future of WTO law. In response Johann Human, Director of the Rules Division of the WTO, made a short speech recognising Prof. Cottier’s work and praising his vision for the MILE programme.

From the students’ side, class president Olusegun Olutayo and Jordan Ricketts both gave speeches. The students also played a video of some highlights of their MILE experience.

Finally, MILE Programme Director Jin Glover awarded “milestones” to all the students, symbolising the culmination of their classwork and the start of the thesis-writing period.

The closing ceremony followed the two-day moot court in which six MILE teams competed to present the best arguments in a hypothetical dispute settlement case before the WTO.

The winning team was composed of Vinitha Johnson, Jordan Ricketts, Sebastian Gomez and Krisi Kllapi. Best orator was Nelisile Thanjekweyo, with Jordan Ricketts in second place.

The moot court panelists were Victoria Donaldson, Christian Vidal Leon, Arthur Appleton and Fernando Pierola.