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26 Feb 2021


"WTO and its Role in Reducing the Economic Shock of the Pandemic": Latest Article by WTI Alumna Urvi Tembey

The article was published by the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), ranked in the Top 20 think tanks worldwide by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Programme (TTCSP) of the Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania.

In her article, Urvi Tembey addresses the importance of the WTO in reducing the economic shock of the COVID-19 pandemic and thereby mitigating its adverse impacts.

She argues that the WTO served as a ‘constructed focal point’ and helped in absorbing the economic shock of the pandemic in a three pronged manner: First, by helping countries coordinate their trade policies; second, by ensuring transparency with regard to pandemic-related measures; and lastly, by monitoring Members’ trade responses to the pandemic.

You can read the full article here.

Urvi Tembey is an international trade and investment lawyer. She has written on India’s trade relations and economic policy for The Diplomat, The Interpreter (Lowy Institute), The Print, New World Order, and Statecraft. She was previously a Director’s Scholar at the World Trade Institute, University of Bern, where she pursued the MILE programme. She recently completed her internship with the Intellectual Property, Government Procurement and Competition Division of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva.