News from the SECO / WTI Academic Cooperation Project
Fernando Piérola, a member of the WTI faculty who also completed its Master of International Law and Economics programme as a SECO scholar, serves as Senior Counsel at the Advisory Centre on WTO Law (ACWL) in Geneva. A law graduate of the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP), he recently returned to his alma mater to deliver a three-day course on the WTO dispute settlement system.
“Prof. Fernando Piérola is an example of the high level of training provided by the Faculty of Law of the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, which allows our graduates to transcend the local level and give their career an international perspective. At present, Prof. Piérola is mainly engaged in litigation before the WTO courts in Geneva, Switzerland. This experience was reflected in the course he taught at the PUCP,” the university law school magazine “Trayectos” reported.
The course from 28 to 30 May 2015 provided an overview of the main stages of the WTO dispute settlement procedure from the perspective of legal and procedural strategies of the litigating parties, “Trayectos” said. Piérola analysed not only the consultation phase before a panel, but also talked about the selection of panel members and related some of his experiences as a litigant.
In addition to giving lectures, Piérola had meetings with government officials in Chile and Peru.
In his role at ACWL, Fernando Piérola represents developing country governments in WTO dispute settlement proceedings and provides legal advice and training on WTO law. He has participated in numerous disputes involving matters relating to trade remedies, market access, and internal regulations.