The University of Ottawa Common Law Section and the Queen’s University Faculty of Law operate a joint international economic law clinic as part of the TradeLab network. TradeLab is an independent, non-governmental organization headquartered in Geneva that brings together a global network of academic institutions and experienced legal professionals. It aims to empower developing countries, international organizations, and smaller stakeholders to reap the full benefits of global trade and investment rules.
Through pro bono legal clinics, TradeLab connects students and experienced legal professionals with government agencies, international organizations, small and medium-sized enterprises, and civil society organizations (NGOs) to build lasting legal capacity. Through ‘learning by doing’, TradeLab helps to train and promote the next generation of trade and investment lawyers. By providing information and support on negotiations, compliance and litigation, it strives to make WTO, preferential trade, and international investment treaties work for everyone.
Tradelab has three organizational components: Legal Clinics, an Online Platform and Research. By utilizing innovations in internet technologies and legal education, TradeLab provides pro bono legal work in four key areas – Information, Negotiation, Compliance and Litigation.
A University of Ottawa TradeLab clinic was founded by Professor Debra Steger in 2014. The uOttawa-Queen’s Joint International Economic Law Clinic began operation in the Winter 2018 term with Professor Steger and Valerie Hughes from Queen’s as the co-directors. Professor Tony VanDuzer takes over as the uOttawa co-director for 2018-2019. Professor Steger continues to be actively involved as a member of TradeLab’s Executive Committee