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30th March – 1st April 2015
AYGS 9th Annual Conference African Scholars & Youth Graduates Conference
Theme: “AGENDA 2063:An Opportuned Moment for Africa”
Where: Campus, University of Cape town (UCT),
Human Science Research Council (HSRC) African Institute of South Africa (AISA), International Council for Science (ICSU) Regional Office for Africa, University of Cape town (UCT), University of Johannesburg, KARA Heritage Institute, Department of Science & Technology – Republic of South Africa, International Council for Science ICSU, Applied Centre for Climate & Earth Systems Science ACCESS, International Academic Programmes Office IAPO UCT Mr Kenneth T. Tanyi, a core consultant of the WTA, was recently decorated 2 Excellence Distinction Awards (Best Poster Presentation, Best Research Paper: 2nd Runner-Up & Cash Prize R8000,00 Plus Invitation Vouchers to attend the 5th Annual Gender Summit to be held for the 1st time on African soil) in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the “Africa at the Crossroads: The continent’s future prospects 50 years after the OAU/AU” at the 9th Annual All African Young Graduates & Scholars Conference (AYGS) that held between the 30th of March – 1st April 2015 in the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa. Conceived in 2005, the AYGS seeks at recognising contributions of the African Academia and African voices in various discourses about the continent’s advancement. With subthemes like: Science & Technology, Development for the People, Gender and Global Change, as well as Peace, Democracy and Security; the annual event helps in proposing innovative solutions to African challenges in bridging gaps between African knowledge production and public policy towards an integrated and economic empowered Africa by 2063! This year’s 3 days academia & public policy annual regrouped over 54 of African finest Scholars and Policy Makers from diverse disciplines on a unique theme “The AU Agenda 2063: An Opportuned moment for Africa”. It aimed at engaging a critical dialogue on Africa’s current realities in a historical context to help map out new visions for the next 50 years. The conference ended with an award ceremony at the SMUTS House Hall of Fame, University of Cape Town (UCT) on Wednesday 1st April 2015 March 2015, where the WTA Trade Economist was decorated after a distinctive empirical analysis on his research paper entitled “Assessing Africa’s two billion populated market by 2063: The Facts and Fallacies of a Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA)” in line with the African Union 2063 Agenda. For more information, contact

May 18-19, 2015
Meeting organised by Ernst & Young Global in cooperation with the Italian Ministry of Finance and the Evian Group @IMD
WTA Chief Legal Counsel, Dr. Julien Chaisse, is in Rome on May 18-19, 2015 to participate in a high-level meeting organised by Ernst & Young Global in cooperation with the Italian Ministry of Finance and the Evian Group @IMD. Cross border trade and investment flows are the engine of growth in a global economy. Governments around the world have extended their network of bilateral tax and trade agreements and pushed for multilateral networks of free trade agreements, since they believe that these are effective in removing barriers to cross border activities. Countries are also extending their tax treaty networks and identifying potential tax barriers to cross border trade. This third meeting in the EY Future of Tax series will examine how tax interacts with trade, and how this works (or not) within the respective agreements. It will look at the risks that this interaction, including with national legislation, may lead to taxation itself becoming a barrier, either by accident or design, to cross border activities. The project will also look at what actions tax and customs authorities can take to facilitate trade and what can be learned from the experience of trade negotiators. The meeting will bring together tax, trade and investment policy makers from around the globe. This meeting is attended by a number of leading tax experts such as Pascal Lamy (Former EU Commissioner and Director General of WTO), Jeffrey Owens (EY), Jonathan Fried (Canadian Ambassador to WTO), Will Morris (Chairman of the BIAC Tax Committee), Mario Monti (Former Prime Minister of Italy), Paul Morton (Head of Group Tax, Reed Elsevier Group PLC).

December 19, 2014
EU's policy on Investor-State Dispute and Its Implication to Korea
Sungjin Kang, a WTA consultant based in Seoul, Korea, made a presentation titled "EU's policy on Investor-State Dispute and Its Implication to Korea" yesterday (Dec. 19) at the International Conference, "Trade and Investment in the East Asian Perspective" of the Korea Society of International Economic Law (KSIEL) in Seoul. He discussed the recent updates of the EU's policy on investor-State dispute settlement system (ISDS) and its practical implication to Korea-EU Free Trade Agreement. Sungjin's presentation can be found here

December 18, 2014
Congratulations to Julien Chaisse!
Dr Julien Chaisse, WTA Chief Counsel, has been formally appointed as an Arbitrator on the roaster of the Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre. WTA offers its services for companies to protect their brand and domain names in Asia is the most straightforward way (either by way of mediation/negotiation or acting as counsel in a dispute).

November 27-28, 2014
Location: Hilton Hotel, Nairobi, Republic of Kenya
Kenneth Tanyi, a core consultant of WTA, attended a the East African Community (EAC) CONSULTATIVE MEETING ON THE CFTA/BIAT.
Issues discussed in the meeting include the current state of trade liberalisation in EAC, Implementation Strategy for Boosting Intra Africa Trade, studies on the trade potential of the CFTA, Principles Guiding the Negotiations for the CFTA, Institutional Arrangements for the Negotiation of the CFTA, technical issues on the CFTA and private sector views on the CFTA.

November 20-21, 2014
Location: ESAMI HeadQuarters, Arusha, United Republic of Tanzania
TRAPCA 9th Annual Conference Theme: “Unlocking Export Competitiveness: The role of Trade Facilitation”
Kenneth Tanyi, a core consultant of WTA, attended a the East African Community (EAC) CONSULTATIVE MEETING ON THE CFTA/BIAT.
Short description: Mr Kenneth T. Tanyi, a core consultant of WTA, recently attended the TRAPCA forum 20th – 21st November 2014 on the dominance of small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) in Sub-Saharan Africa, boosting their export competitiveness and integrating them into regional and global value chain. The role of Trade Facilitation cannot be more emphasized especially in Land locked and Least developed African countries whose export and import competitiveness is greatly hindered by high transaction costs of cross border trade and the movement of both primary and finished products. Mr Kenneth presented a research study in one of the plenary discussion sessions of the TRAPCA conference entitled “Assessing Trade Integration in Africa: The Facts and Fallacies of A Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA)”. The empirical study projects the trade potentiality of 5 African Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and 15 AU Member States randomly sampled from East, West, South, North and Central Africa using an Econometric Out of Sample Gravity Modelling Analysis in projecting their trade and export potential of boosting intra- regional trade and acceding the on-going CFTA trade integration process by 2017.

October 27 – 31, 2014
Location: The Sussex Innovation Centre, University of Sussex Brighton, England, United Kingdom
International Trade Policy Analysis Workshop (Empirical, Ex-Ante & Gravity Modeling)
The Trade policy capacity building workshop from 27th – 31st October 2014 presented to Policy makers, Governments, civil society and other fellow participants from all over the world and specifically international organisations such as the Commonwealth Secretariat, USAID, Trade Policy Unit of the UK Departments of Business (DBIS), InterAnalysis Ltd, International Development (DFID) and the World Trade Advisors (WTA) personally represented by Mr. Kenneth T. Tanyi, Senior Business Development Manager in Africa, the new TradeSift software developed by Sussex researchers Drs Michael Gasiorek and Peter Holmes and Professors Jim Rollo, Alasdair Smith & Alan Winters all from the Department of Economics of the University of Sussex and Sussex European Institute to help policy makers and governments overcome the complexities of using mathematical modelling in analysing trade policy simply and cost effectively. With the Tradesift methodology, developing countries and LDCs will be able to develop programmes to improve on their trade capacity, policies options and promote regional integration through the TradeSift “rules of thumb” theory designed for analysing the likelihood of gains and losses in regional trading agreements.

October 16, 2014
Julien Chaisse, WTA Chief Counsel, writes on global trends in building standards and investment arbitration, featured on ICTSD Spanish publication.

October 6, 2014
WTA submission earns HomeBoyz Foundation ( a trip to Turkey! WTA is providing advisory services to HomeBoyz Foundation in Kenya. On behalf of the Foundation, WTA developed a concept for USAID and Sida's Civil Society Innovation Initiative. The concept, focusing on youth empowerment, was one of 45 selected by USAID and Sida from over 300 responses from over 85 countries. The selected entities will join USIAD and Sida at a co-creation Civil Society Innovation Initiative in Istanbul, Turkey from November 4-6, 2014.

September 30, 2014
Sungjin Kang made a presentation at Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP) about the government procurement of services under multilateral and bilateral trade agreements. The seminar was organized by the KIEP to develop negotiation strategy for the future trade agreements. There was a small group of experts in the area, and the participants had a very intensive discussion on the issue

September 25, 2014
Sungjin Kang, WTA's consultant based in Korea, made a presentation for the 2nd Global Competition Law Forum about the competition chapter of Korea's free trade agreements and discussed their practical implications. The seminar was organized by Kluwer Law International Hong Kong, targeted to in-house counsels in Korea and was held at Lotte Hotel in Seoul. It was a good opportunity to raise awareness of the issues, and reach to good number of in-house lawyers in Seoul

September 15, 2014
WTA Chief Legal Counsel, Dr. Julien Chaisse, is in Ivory Coast to advise the local private and public sectors in their trade promotion strategy and implementation. He's particularly focused on the foreign investment regime which is applicable to three key sectors for Ivory Coast, namely energy, tourism and agro-industry. This consultancy is part of the Programme d'Appui au Commerce et à l'Intégration Régionale (PACIR) funded by the European Union.

September 1, 2014
WTA Expands to Africa! Galeeb Kachra, a former USAID employee with experience in Africa and South Asia, joined WTA as the Director for East Africa based in Nairobi. He is joined by Kenneth Tanyi who is based in Addis

July 21-25, 2014
Location: Hotel Serena, Dar Es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania
WTO Regional Workshop on Trade Negotiations Skills – Strategies and Tactics for Trade Negotiations, Techniques of Systematic Decision Analysis for Monitoring and Managing Negotiations for English-speaking Africa
WTA’s Core consultant, Kenneth T. Tanyi, participates at the WTO Regional workshop from 21 -25 JULY 2014 on Trade Negotiations Skills - Strategies and Tactics for the Conduct of Trade Negotiations, as well as Techniques of Systematic Decision Analysis for Monitoring and Managing the Negotiating Process for English speaking African countries in the likes of Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Egypt, South Africa, Botswana, Ethiopia, Gambia (The), Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Seychelles, Eritrea, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Namibia, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, United Republic of, Uganda, Zambia, the Republic of South Sudan all successfully attended the meeting. Facilitated by Prof. Dickson Yeboah of the Institute of Training and technical Cooperation of the WTO, the workshop provided participants with adapted skills for use in both informal negotiating process, characteristic of decision-making within and between organizations, and in more formal negotiations, at both bilateral and multilateral levels. The training also aimed at providing instructions in pre-negotiation planning, effective negotiation strategies and tactics, and the management of the negotiation process especially at as Africa is gradually building momentum towards debuting pre-negotiations for a Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) as endorsed by the AU General Assembly of January 2012.

July 11, 2014
World Trade Advisors announces strategic alliance with JS Communications.

June 30 - July 2, 2014
Location: ESAMI HeadQuarters Arusha, United Republic of Tanzania
TRAPCA 6th Annual Trade Policy Research Theme: “Trade Reform, Trade Patterns & Global Value Chains”
The Research Forum was jointly organised from 30 June – 02 July 2014 by the Trade Policy Centre for Africa (TRAPCA) a Trade Facilitation Centre of the WTO and SIDA, the Eastern & Southern African Management Institute (ESAMI) & the Lund University School of Economics & Management discussed the implications that can be deduced for developing countries in the face of global value chains. The appropriate indicators for measuring trade performance and reforms in developing countries; as well as discussing if trade policy reforms have translated to significant trade performance in Africa and the world at large. Amongst the panellists and discussants at the forum were WTA’s Core Consultant, Kenneth T. Tanyi, Dr. Rashid S. Kaurab of CUTS International, Prof. James Gathii of Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Hon. Prof. James Odek Kenyan Judge of Appeal, Prof. Uche Ewelukwa of University of Arkansas school of Law, Prof. Steve Woolcock London School of Economics (LSE),Edgar Odari SEATINI, University of Dar Es Salaam, Makerere University among others.

June 26-27, 2014
Location: Malabo, Republic of EQUATORIAL GUINEA
African Union General Assembly 23rd Ordinary Session adopting the REPORT OF THE HIGH LEVEL AFRICAN TRADE COMMITTEE ON TRADE ISSUES Doc. Assembly/AU/13(XXIII)
WTA’s Kenneth T. Tanyi, Senior Business Development Manager – Africa, attends the AU General Assembly in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea 26-27 June 2014 adopting the report of the high level African Trade Commitee (HLTC) on Trade Issues Doc. Assembly/AU/13(XXIII) on Boosting Intra-African Trade/Continental Free Trade Area preceding the AU Decision of its 18th Ordinary Session in Addis Ababa. Equally adopted and discussed at the summit were: a) The adoption of the revised Terms of Reference of the High Level African Trade Committee arising from its meeting held on 25 June 2014; b) The call upon AU Member States to maintain the momentum to fast track the establishment of the CFTA as scheduled by providing necessary financial and technical resources at national, regional and continental levels; c) The cognizant of the impact of bilateral, multilateral and mega trade agreements on the African integration agenda, and the URGE for Africa and its regional economic communities (RECs) to ensure that they do not compromise the African trade integration process, by transmitting through their respective RECs the draft texts under negotiation with their partners; d) The AU directing its Secretariat (AUC) to prepare Draft Terms of Reference of the CFTA Negotiating Forum based on best practices in the RECs/Tripartite, refined draft Guiding Objectives and Principles as well as Institutional Arrangements to be submitted to the next AU Trade Ministerial Conference for adoption and endorsement by the AU General Assembly towards the effective launch of the CFTA negotiations in June/July 2015; Equally attending this summit meeting were various Pan-African Institutions such ath African Court, African Development bank (AfDB) Pan African Chamber of Commerce (PACCI) PSOs, CSOs, Religious Bodies, UN specialized Organs such as the UNECA, UNDP, UNIDO alongside several AU Member states and RECs all hosted in Malabo, the capital city of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.

June 16, 2014
World Trade Advisors (WTA) and Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) join forces to host the 1st CEO Armchair Speakers Series entitled "Canada's Global Markets Action Plan: How can SMEs seize global opportunities". Join us for this exclusive event where you will have an opportunity to hear from Hugh O'Donnell, Group Chief Executive, International Business of World Trade Advisors, Lewis Megaw, Group Chief Executive, International Trade Finance of World Trade Advisors and the Honourable Gar Knutson, Counsel, Public Policy & Government Relations of Borden Ladner Gervais. Gain exclusive insight and mentoring on entering new foreign markets, mitigating risks, discovering qualified partners, accessing finance, insurance and export credit. Download preliminary agenda. Register today! For more information please contact: Michelle Retief:

May 24, 2014
WTA's Chief Legal Counsel and Director of the International Trade Law Advisory Group, Dr. Julien Chaisse will be in Taiwan from May 24 to 28. During his official programme, he will meet Mr. David Lin (Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China) and a number of Taiwanese investors and exporters. Dr. Julien Chaisse will also participate in a public conference to discuss the recent progress made in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on May 27, 2014, at the Department of Diplomacy, National Chengchi University (International Conference Auditorium), Taipei.

April 23-27, 2014
Location: AUC Conference Centre, Addis Ababa, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
WTA’s Senior Business Development Manager – Africa attends the AU Extra-ordinary session of the CONFERENCE OF AFRICAN UNION MINISTERS OF TRADE (CAMOT) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 23-27 APRIL 2014 discussing the following main objectives: a) To consider documents to be prepared in preparation for the launch of the CFTA negotiations in 2015. b) To consider the Implementation Strategy for the BIAT Action Plan. c) To consider a report on Africa’s response and implications of the WTO Agreement on Facilitation. d) To consider a report on Africa’s assessment studies on African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA) The Extraordinary Session was attended by all eligible Members of the African Union. Trade Experts from the following RECs; COMESA, EAC, SADC, ECCAS, IGAD, ECOWAS, CEN-SAD and AMU as well as representatives of UNECA, African Development Bank and other collaborating Pan-african and International institutions implicated in the execution of the CFTA. Representatives of Regional Business Organisations and Chambers of Commerce were also invited to attend including the WTA.

April 16, 2014
WTA's Chief Legal Counsel and Director of the International Trade Law Advisory Group, Dr. Julien Chaisse highlights Investor-State Dispute Settlements during a workshop on April 16, 2014, at the Institute Of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations (IDFR) Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur.

April 14, 2014
World Trade Advisors Group Chief Executive, International Business Advisory Group featured in the Toronto Star.

April 3, 2014
World Trade Advisors announces strategic alliance with Crosstaff Solutions Inc.

March 22-24, 2014
World Trade Advisors CEO, Dr. Clemens Boonekamp in Russia to deliver presentation on the WTO Agreement on Agriculture during the International Annual WTO Forum at the premises of Kaliningrad State Technical University, 20-22 March 2014. The forum is a specialized platform set up to discuss topical questions of the Kaliningrad region as a SEZ in the context of the global socio-economic challenges. The forum also deals with the analysis of main WTO agreements.

March 21, 2014
World Trade Advisors Senior Vice President and Partner, Omar Allam featured in the Ottawa Citizen.

February 12-13, 2014
WTA's Senior Associate, Mr. Giles Chappell addressed the 8th International Fresenius Trade Conference in Mainz, Germany. He highlighted the need for EU manufacturers and importers to meet chemical and other regulatory requirements, where applicable, in order to market their products in the EU. Giles stressed that World Trade Advisors is committed to working with industry and government to help open new markets between the European Union and other regions.

February 11, 2014
World Trade Advisors Senior Vice President and Partner, Omar Allam and Gulam Juma, Senior Advisor & Team Leader are featured as Featured Guests at #PassionateMinds 2014 alongside other featured community leaders in business, media, government, and social enterprise in Ottawa.

February 10, 2014
World Trade Advisors is proud to be a supporting sponsor of the Terrace Youth Wellness Centre's #PassionateMinds Networking Event & Silent Auction Fundraiser on February 11, 2014 in Ottawa, Canada. All proceeds helping at risk Canadian youth facing mental health & mental illness challenges.

February 7, 2014
World Trade Advisors featured in Ottawa News - Making Business Work in a Global Economy

January 27, 2014
Omar Anzur & Omar Allam of World Trade Advisors will be speaking at the 1st edition of the Kanata North BIA Networking & Business Series 2014 to be held in Ottawa.

January 24, 2014
WTA's Chief Legal Counsel highlights benefits of deeper ASEAN ties in speech to Government and Business Leaders in the Philippines. Dr. Julien Chaisse, Director of World Trade Advisors International Trade Law Advisory Group,delivered an address to public- and private-sector thought leaders on the importance of further deepening ASEAN trade and investment ties during the Forum on ASEAN Comprehensive Investment Agreement (ACIA) in Manila, Philippines on January 24, 2014. The event was supported by the Department of Trade and Industry Philippines.Dr. Chaisse is visiting Philippines and Australia to strengthen WTA's position in the Asia-Pacific Region.

January 24, 2014
World Trade Advisors Senior Vice President & Partner, Omar Allam featured in the Love Ottawa Project - "the creative brain trust of a super connected city."

January 23-24, 2014
WTA Chief Legal Counsel and Director of the International Trade Law Group, Dr. Julien Chaisse will address Philippine private sector and policy makers to unveil the potential of the ASEAN Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (ACIA) in Makati, Phillipines. "Through the work of the ASEAN Comprehensive Investment Agreement Forum, we are helping to strengthen trade and investment ties with ASEAN member states in support of regional trade," said Dr. Chaisse. "World Trade Advisors is committed to working with industry and government to help open new markets throughout Southeast Asia."

January 15, 2014
Entrepreneur & Managing Partner, Omar Anzur Plans to Announce New Global Startups During Upcoming Visit to Canada from January 22 to February 7, 2014.

January 8, 2014
World Trade Advisors CEO, Dr. Clemens Boonekamp featured as a one of 27 contributors in VoxEU's new eBook: Building on Bali: A Work Programme for the WTO published by UK based Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). The successful conclusion of the Bali Ministerial Conference and its terrific reception in the international press and from government leaders means that the WTO now has the opportunity to restore its fortunes. This VoxEU eBook brings together 27 contributions from leading international trade experts and practitioners to identify a pragmatic, feasible, and comprehensive work programme for the WTO over the next four years. Dr. Boonekamp's contribution focuses on how to "simplify" and "complete" the Doha Development Agenda.
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December 12, 2013
WTA announced today that Dr. Julien Chaisse has become Chief Legal Counsel and Director of the new International Trade Law Group based in Hong Kong, SAR China. “It is a privilege to welcome Dr. Chaisse to our global family and we are looking forward to tackling the challenges ahead. WTA is creating history with its innovative and entrepreneurship style of global management consulting in the new economy. We continue forge our reputation based on quality, trust and integrity”, said Managing Partner, Omar Anzur.

November 21, 2013
SVP of World Trade Advisors to Participate in Startup Canada's Day On The Hill #startupday during Global Entrepreneurship Week in Ottawa. Mr. Omar Allam, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of WTA Canada will join the largest contingent ever of Canadian entrepreneurs to meet on Parliament Hill with the nation’s elected representatives to advance the national entrepreneurial agenda through a discussion of entrepreneurship and its important role in the Canadian economy. Follow Omar on Twitter: @Omar_Allam_

October 30, 2013
World Trade Advisors Senior Vice President and Managing Director for Canada, Omar Allam is featured as Ottawa's People 2 Know at the United Way's Schmoozfest alongside other featured community leaders in government, business, media, social enterprise and more.

October 29 - November 1, 2013
World Trade Advisors CEO Highlights Food Security, Trade, and Transparency across South Asia. Dr. Clemens Boonekamp participated in Trade Policy Review and Regional Trade Agreements meetings in Singapore to discuss the World Trade Organizations (WTO) Trade Policy Review Mechanism and the lessons from the initial TPRs of Asian jurisdictions. Dr. Boonekamp participated in a high-level panel to highlight the role of trade agreements in shaping food security policies. He was among leading experts on WTO Trade Policy Review to explore the principle of Transparency in WTO agreements, the Transparency Mechanism for Regional Trade Agreements, as well as how trade policy may be shaped by Transparency. The two-day events were context of Singapore's Trade Dialogue Conferences on Food Security and Trade and Transparency in the Trade System organized by the National University of Singapore and the WTO for senior trade officials from ASEAN.

October 28, 2013
World Trade Advisors is proud to be a supporting sponsor of the United Way's Schmoozefest 2013. All proceeds helping Canadian youth living in shelters to receive nutritious food.

October 2-4 2013
World Trade Advisors CEO Reinforces Importance of Agriculture and Trade in Botswana. Dr. Clemens Boonekamp travelled to Botswana to highlight the importance of economic diversification and the Agricultural sector as Botswana moves, from October 2 to 4, 2013. During his visit, Dr. Boonekamp met with key Botswana officials to strengthen WTA's market position in Southern Africa.

September 24, 2013
World Trade Advisors CEO Highlights Importance of Agriculture and Trade in Bhutan. Dr. Clemens Boonekamp traveled to Bhutan on September 24, 2013 to deliver a lecture on Agriculture and the World Trade Organization, which was presented by Singapore's Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited. He also met with counterparts, government officials and business leaders to advance WTA's position in the South Asia.

August 14, 2013
World Trade Advisors was featured in the Express Tribune, distributed as part of International Herald Tribune. The article is in relation to a report we completed: "Trade of Industrial Goods with India: Opportunities and Challenges for Pakistan." This project was carried out through a European Union funded technical assistance programme for the Ministry of Commerce in Pakistan.

August 1, 2013
World Trade Advisors recently analysed Pakistan’s industrial sectors to identify potential opportunities and threats from opening trade of industrial goods with India. This study was carried out as part of the Trade Policy Capacity Building Component, implemented by the International Trade Centre (ITC), of the European Union Trade Related Technical (TRTA II) Programme, which aims at strengthening the capacity of Pakistan to participate in international trade.

July 3, 2013
World Trade Advisors and Streit Manufacturing Inc. conclude MOU on business development cooperation.

June 13, 2013
World Trade Advisors Managing Partner, Omar Anzur took part in a working group on trade with the World Trade Organization and the E-15 in Geneva on global challenges facing international trade.

May 23, 2013
Dr. Manzoor Ahmad participated and delivered several high-level presentations during special meetings organized by the US Chamber of Commerce and the International Food and Agriculture Trade Policy Council (IPC). His presentations were focused on the proposed US-EU Free Trade Agreement (TTIP) and food security related issues.

March 14, 2013
Dr. Manzoor Ahmad was a key note speaker at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) conference in New Delhi. The ICRIER recently launched a project "Strengthening Research and Promoting Multi-level Dialogue for Trade normalization between India and Pakistan”.

Omar Allam
Senior Vice President
Omar Allam is Senior Vice President & Partner, responsible for overseeing WTA’s business worldwide, corporate strategy, HR, marketing, communications and strategic partnerships. In this role he works closely with the company’s four advisory groups to ensure that World Trade Advisors is well positioned for continued growth worldwide. He advises clients on international business development, new-business start-up, export/import strategy & implementation, international market entry strategy/expansion, strategic planning, building strategic alliances/partnerships, brand development and marketing, strategic communications and public relations, and crisis/issues management.Omar also specializes in securing international project financing, export credit & venture capital; proposal writing and investor presentations; troubleshooting and high-level economic diplomacy; B2B matchmaking; organizing international trade missions and high-level visits (inbound/outbound).Omar is a successful entrepreneur, a former Canadian diplomat and Senior Trade Commissioner, a Board Director and a managing director of a not-for-profit social venture. He has 16 years of government, private sector and NGO experience. He has worked in diverse sectors in Africa and the Middle East, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean and North America.He spent 10+ years with the Government of Canada in a number of progressively senior roles, including two diplomatic assignments as Senior Trade Commissioner and Head of Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service in Ghana and southern India. In Ottawa, he served as Deputy Director of Trade and Trade Commissioner responsible for managing Canada’s trade and investment program in Africa with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD). He also held the post of Senior Advisor for China and Asia-Pacific, Liaison Officer to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and Manager of International Relations with Natural Resources Canada. Omar has also consulted on a number of international projects with the Canadian International Development Agency, UNDP, and the Canadian Bureau for International Education.Omar is fluent in English, French, and Arabic and has diverse Foreign Service training in trade, corporate social responsibility, investment, and diplomacy at the Canadian Foreign Service Institute. He has degrees in business, geography and environmental studies from Bishop’s University and an advanced executive certificate in international negotiations and mediation from Carleton University.

Omar’s passion for all things international is shared with his strong and active community focus. He is active with many different organizations and boards in the areas of international development, mental health, and local economic development. In June 2014, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of Canadian Crossroads International, an international NGO that works in Africa & Latin America. In May 2014, he was appointed as Ambassador of the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce. He previously served as a Board of Director with the Kanata Beaverbrook Community Association and the Egyptian-Canadian Cultural Association.

He is currently based in Ottawa, Canada and travels frequently to international client locations.
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Omar Anzur
Mr. Anzur brings 10+ years of experience advising major corporations and governmental organizations worldwide. During the Global Financial Crises in 2008, Omar was a key member for JPMorgan’s Financial Institutions & Governments practice in advising major US corporations. Upon moving to Australia to work for Deutsche Bank in 2010, he advised Australian and Asian financial institutions including Banks, Insurance, Asset Managers on M&A and capital markets financing. After 18 months in Sydney, Omar moved to Melbourne to advise Australian and African based metals and mining companies on project financings.

Early in his career, Mr. Anzur served as Assistant Vice President with Citigroup where he spearheaded the successful launch of a new dual collateral product that generated over $300 million in new High Net Worth client assets.

Omar pursued his MBA at Columbia Business School where he was elected as the President of Investment Banking, overseeing 300 students and 22 officers. He was accepted to Japan’s prestigious business school Keio University as an MBA exchange student where he studied Japanese and International Finance. Omar was awarded with a distinct “Launching Leaders” corporate fellowship from JPMorgan upon graduating from Columbia.

Omar has traveled to over 50 countries and has lived in 8 countries across 4 continents; offering him a rich global perspective in providing consulting services. He graduated with honours from Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester NY; studied International Business at Sheffield Hallam University, UK and has volunteered in Beijing, China.

Omar is a published author and was an Executive Board Director of Developments in Literacy (Your DIL NY) and Organization of Pakistani Entrepreneurs (OPEN NY).

Omar is based in Sydney, Australia and travels frequently to international client locations.


Dr. Julien Chaisse
Chief Legal Counsel
Dr. Julien Chaisse is Chief Counsel and Director of World Trade Advisors International Trade Law Group. Julien serves as WTA’s local liaison for clients and prospective clients in Hong Kong who are interested or engaged in cross-border trade, investment, and other international export and investment transactions worldwide.

He regularly serves as an adviser to major international corporations, including foreign governments, biotech companies, technology and manufacturing based companies, and natural resource companies.

Julien’s practice focuses on a broad range of arbitration, litigation, government, and multi-jurisdictional legal matters particularly in the areas of foreign investment, international trade, green technology, biotechnology, hotels, and public utilities. He advises local and international clients on a diverse range of matters including international economic law, including treaty negotiations, investment and trade litigation.

Julien teaches international law of foreign investment and transnational legal problems law at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Before joining academia, he served in New Delhi with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Dr. Chaisse is extremely active within the international trade law arena. He is a frequently invited to give legal training courses for leading law firms and high-level officers in a number of countries, such as the Malaysia Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations (IDFR), the International Trade Center (ITC), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the ASEAN Secretariat, the United Nations ESCAP, the European Commission, the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Verwaltungsakademie des Bundes (Austria).

Julien’s most recent success includes the CUHK Research Excellence Award in 2012 in recognition of his outstanding scholarly achievements in Hong Kong.

Dr. Chaisse is based in Hong Kong and travels frequently to client and partner locations.

Representative Publications:

  • Expansion of Trade and Foreign Direct Investment in Asia – Strategic and Policy Challenges.
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  • Competitiveness of ASEAN Economies – Corporate and Regulatory Drivers.
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  • Essays on the Future of the World Trade Organisation I – Policies and Legal Issues .
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  • Essays on the Future of the World Trade Organisation II – WTO Judicial System
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  • For a comprehensive overview of articles, papers, and presentations – Click Here


Dr. Clemens Boonekamp
Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Boonekamp has thirty-five years of experience in international trade and economic policy. In his 35-year career, Dr. Boonekamp has held a wide variety of leadership positions across key parts of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

During his 20 year tenure with the WTO, Dr. Boonekamp served as Director of the WTO Agriculture and Commodities Division (2009-2012) and the Director of the WTO Trade Policies Review Division (1998-2009), where he handled trade matters, including negotiations, on a range of issues, including market access, for both goods and services, accessions, customs regulations, rules of origin, regional trade agreements, tariffs, trade facilitation, subsidies , sanitary and phytosanitary measures and technical barriers to trade,intellectual property and dispute resolution.

Before joining the WTO, Dr. Boonekamp was a senior economist with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and he held an academic post at the University of British Colombia with the Economics Faculty.

Dr. Boonekamp earned a PhD in economics from Brown University, subsequent to Bachelor (Hons) and Master degrees from Rhodes and Simon Fraser Universities, respectively.
He has been published in economics journals in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. He is fluent in English, Dutch and French.

Dr. Boonekamp is based in Geneva and travels frequently to client and partner locations.

WTA has offices and country-focused groups in the following jurisdictions:

-  Hong Kong
-  European Union
-  United Kingdom
-  France
-  United States
-  Switzerland, home to the World Trade Organization (WTO)

The International Trade Law Advisory Group is able to draw upon the particular strengths of each of its members in responding to the needs of our clients. The services provided by the group include:

-  Business advisory services
-  Technical assistance
-  International dispute settlement
-  Legal advocacy
In inter alia the following areas:
-  Trade remedies
-  Export and Import Controls
-  WTO Agreements
-  Trade facilitation
-  Investment law
-  EU Trade Law
-  EU policy and advocacy
-  Environmental Law
-  Chemical and other Regulatory Law
-  Customs Law and Commodity Tax
-  Intellectual Property/Information Technology and Trade
-  Competition and Trade
-  Regional integration and free trade agreements
-  Development

Stéphanie Noël
Senior Associate & Counsel
Stéphanie Noël is a senior associate & counsel with the International Trade Law Advisory Group.

Prior to joining WTA, she spent several years with leading law firms in Paris, Brussels, Geneva and Canberra.

She brings several years of experience in the fields of WTO litigation, trade defense proceedings and regional integration. Ms. Noël has advised sovereign and private clients in the developed and the developing world on a wide range of trade issues.

She has acted for clients in multiple geographical areas (including the EU, Africa, China, and the Middle East) and has been involved in trade defense proceedings initiated in and outside Europe. She also has experience of WTO settlement at the Panel and Appellate Body stages.

Stephanie’s practice focuses on:
– WTO Agreements
– International dispute settlement
– Trade in services
– Trade in energy goods
– Trade defense proceedings
– Regional trade agreements
– Technical assistance and capacity building

Ms. Noël is a lawyer admitted to practice in France and the EU since 2007.

She is fluent in English and French.

Ms. Noël is based in Geneva and travels frequently to client and partner locations.


Giles Chappell
Senior Consultant
Giles Chappell is a Senior Consultant with WTA’s International Trade Law Advisory Group and is a member of the Firm’s International Trade & Economic Policy Group.Prior to joining WTA, Giles spent several years with leading law firms in Brussels, and has also worked at the European Commission (Brussels), the Court of International Trade (New York), and the United Nations Environment Programme (Geneva).

Giles is admitted to practice as a Solicitor in England & Wales. He brings over ten years of experience advising and litigating on a wide range of EU and international legal and policy related matters. He is specialized in environmental and regulatory compliance, and international trade law.

Giles’ practice focuses on:
– Environment and Energy (including the sectors of agriculture, fisheries, forests, manufacturing, renewable energy, and tourism)
– International trade (WTO, anti-dumping, customs, export controls, market access for developing countries, trade facilitation, sustainable trade opportunities, environmental provisions of trade agreements)
– Product Regulation, focusing on consumer product safety standards, product liability, chemicals legislation (REACH, CLP, nanomaterials), labeling, food law
– Technical assistance and capacity building
– EU rules, procedures and policy-making process

Giles also serves as WTA’s local liaison for clients and prospective clients in Switzerland and elsewhere in Europe who are interested or engaged in cross-border trade, investment, and other international export and investment transactions worldwide.

He is a regular speaker at conferences and author of several legal articles on his areas of

He is fluent in English and French.

Giles is based in Geneva and travels frequently to client and partner locations.


Sungjin Kang
Sungjin Kang is a consultant with WTA’s International Trade Law Advisory Group and is a member of the Firm’s International Trade & Economic Policy Group.Prior to joining the WTA, he worked as an in-house counsel for LG Display, Co., Ltd., and LG Electronics, Co. Ltd., in 2012 and 2013. He spent four years in Belgium, working for international law firms, practicing the European Union antitrust, European Union trade and World Trade Organization laws between 2008 and 2012.

Sungjin is admitted to practice in the State of New York, USA. He brings in about 7 years of experience advising and litigating on a wide range of EU and international legal and policy related matters. He is specialized in international trade law, antitrust law, international investment arbitration, international dispute resolution and other regulatory issues.

Sungjin’s practice focuses on:

  • International trade law (multilateral and regional trade agreements negotiation, trade remedies, trade in services, etc.)
  • Antitrust law (cartel, abuse of dominance, merger control, sector-specific regulations)
  • International arbitration (international commercial arbitration and investment treaty arbitration)
  • Regulatory compliance (supply chain management, anti-corruption regulation, etc.)
  • Technical assistance and capacity building

As a local liaison in Seoul, Korea, he serves clients and prospective clients in South Korea and elsewhere in Asia and other parts of the world who are interested or engaged in cross-border trade, investment, and other international export and investment transactions worldwide.

He published several legal articles on his areas of expertise. He was also a speaker at several conferences on international trade issues.

Sungjin’s native language is Korean. He is fluent in English. He speaks conversational German and Japanese.

Sungjin is based in Seoul, and travels frequently to client and partner locations.


Alka Batra Barratt

Senior Business Development

 Alka is an International Business Development professional with over ten years of experience working with the export facilitation agencies of the Australian and Canadian Governments. Her experience mainly focusses on providing service related to international business development, developing new markets, market research, partner search, trade missions and immigration program of the Canadian Government.

Ravi K Tiwari

International Trade Specialist

Ravikant Tiwari is an International Trade Specialist having work experience of 5+ years in different organisations including the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) under Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt of India.

His educational background, namely bachelor’s degree in Foreign Trade (3 Years) as well as Master’s in International Business (2 Years) has provided him with ability to understand and resolve the international trade issues effectively.

Currently being a part of ProMexico, He really enjoys the opportunity to share what Mexico business offers to the world. He works with a wide variety of different businesses across multiple sectors, which provides plenty of opportunities to expand his industry and market knowledge.

He particularly enjoys the chance to provide a useful service which adds value to Mexican companies.

Specialties: Ex-im Management, Foreign Trade Policy, International Marketing, International Finance, Logistics management & Economics.

Kenneth T. Tanyi


With over 10 years of maturity in financial analysis, auditing, management control and trade policy advocacy, Mr Kenneth Tanyi has a distinguished competency in international trade policy and development. Having practiced with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) of the African Union Commission (AUC), he is very much abreast with Africa’s regional integration frameworks, boosting Intra-African Trade (BIAT), fast-tracking the establishment of a Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) and the management of Africa’s financial, industrial and mining resources. Infused with a sound knowledge of African trade practices, marketing channels, regulations and policies, Mr Kenneth was recently appointed by the World Trade Advisors (WTA) and World Trade Academy as Senior Business Development Manager for Africa in September 2014 with a capability of developing and motivating collaborators towards meeting corporate targets both at unilateral and multilateral levels.

His contributions and advocacy in favour of several African Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), NGOs, Private Sector Organizations have yielded several success stories in unilateral, bilateral and multilateral trade policy formulation, norm-setting, sequencing and effective regulation. He has contributed to the success of several AU Trade, Customs and Industry Senior Officials / Ministerial conferences; alongside numerous international conferences and workshops organized all over the world. Amongst them notably are the drafting the Addis Ababa Declaration on World Trade Organization (WTO) Issues, the AU declaration on Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs), the AU declaration on the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), the Terms of Reference (ToR) and Rules of Procedures (RoP) for the Continental Task Force (CTF) towards sequencing the conduct of the CFTA negotiation forum, which were all formally adopted at the 8th Ordinary session of the Conference of AU Ministers of Trade from the 21st – 25th of October 2013. Mr Kenneth continues to dedicate his accomplishments and commitments in the light of Africa‟s on-going pursuit for regional and continental integration.

Mr. Kenneth Tanyi is a talented bilingual Cameroonian graduate from the Lund School of Economics and Management, Sweden with a distinguished competence in international trade policy & development from the Trade Policy Centre for Africa (TRAPCA) and Eastern and Southern African Management Institute (ESAMI) Arusha, Tanzania where he holds an Executive Masters Diploma in International Trade Policy & Trade Law, a Post-Graduate Advanced Diploma in Quantitative Trade Policy Analysis, a Post Graduate Certificate in International Trade Policy and Development (C.I.T.D) and a MSc. in International Trade Policy and Trade Law from the Lund University School of Economics. Mr Tanyi equally holds a MSc. in Accounting, Taxation and Finance from the University of Yaoundé II, Cameroon; a Licence en Sciences Economiques et Gestion, a Post Graduate Professional Certificate in Intellectual Property Rights and Technological Transfer from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa amongst several other international certificates from noble academic and professional institutions such as the World Trade Organization (W.T.O), United Nations Institute for Training And Research (UNITAR), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (W.I.P.O) Academy, Geneva, Switzerland.

Galeeb Kachra

Independent Consultant

 Practical experience in the following sectors:
 Organizational Development, Organizational Change, Information Management, Information Technology
 Governance and Reform, Transportation Management, Airport Planning
 Disaster Preparedness, Disaster Response, Urban Planning, Environmental Impact, Wildlife Conservation, Counter Violent Extremism

Hands-on experience in the following elements of project management
• Tenders, Bid Analysis, Awards ($20m-$1.5b)
• Project Management, Project Design, Project Operations, Project Startup
• Winning Proposals (Massachusetts Port Authority, USAID, World Bank, Department of State)
• Bilateral Negotiations
• USAID Procedures

Worked long term in USA, Kenya and Pakistan and consulted in
 Pakistan, India, Syria
 Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe
 United States, Colombia

Ansar Ahmed Siddique

Regional Manager

 Experience in Intervention-specific Arena
Food Security and Poverty Alleviation
Capacity Strengthening of Local Government and SCO
Women Empowerment
SME (Income Generating Activity) / Private Sector Development
Corporate Social Responsibility
Private Public Partnership (PPP)
Livelihood Program
Char/Costal/Vulnerable area-specific programming
Rural Development

Experience with Donors/Development Agencies
Government of Netherlands
World Bank
MEASURE Evaluation
Christian Children Fund of Canada

List of Completed Assignment
End-line Evaluation of Bangladesh Smiling Sun Franchise Program (BSSFP)
Work as an active team member for the Bangladesh’s Demographic and Health Survey 2011 with ICF Macro.
Help with the result matrix preparation and information system development of the new Health Sector wide program of Bangladesh.
Design and devise the M&E/MIS System for CCFC Canada’s all 6 Country Offices.
Conducted baseline survey for all 6 Country offices of CCFC Canada (Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Nicaragua and Paraguay)
Worked as the Results/Information Custodian for Rural Maintenance Programme (RMP) implemented by CARE Bangladesh. Key role played in designing RBM-LFA and overall implementation of strategy.
Designed the M&E/MIS comprehensive package for SHOUHARDO program of CARE Bangladesh.
Setting-up the overall result management system of country’s first and largest SWAP PEDP II through a proper M&E system

Key Research Publication
Program Completion Report of Second Primary Education Development Program (PEDPII)
Socio-Economic Cost Benefit Analysis of Rural Maintenance Program (RMP).
Impact Assessment of the Local Government of Bangldesh – Capacity Strengthening Component of RMP
Rephrasing Rural Poverty – RMP Experience

Design, Monitoring & Evaluation
Research and Survey
Data Analysis and Report Writing
Project Management
Training/Workshop Facilitation


Ahmad Raza Chohan

Ahmad Raza Chohan is a core consultant in WTA global consultancy business unit. He has more than 8 years of working experience in international multi cultural environment for both private as well as government sector. He has vast experience in Business Development, Leadership and Management, Coaching, Marketing, Mentoring & Leadership Development, Organizational Development, Research, Team Management,

– Non-Profit and Government Sector: Fundraising; Government Administration & Governance; Capacity Building.

Ahmad Raza Chohan has been an active volunteer. He has published a number of research papers in international journals. Also, he achieved several anchor awards for his best performance as a business development consultant. Being an exceptional marketer, he has traveled extensively both within the country and abroad. He has also attended numerous International Conferences, Seminars, Trade Fairs and Exhibitions.

Adding further to his diverse experiences and interests, Mr. Ahmad Raza Chohan is a social activist and has keen interest in sustainable entrepreneurship. He loves cricket, marathon and internet surfing etc.


Dr Manzoor Ahmad


Dr. Manzoor Ahmad is Chief Executive Officer of World Trade Advisors and a Senior Fellow at the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) in Geneva. His previous assignments include working as Regional Trade Advisor for Deloitte Consulting for the USAID Pakistan Trade Project; Director, Liaison Office of the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), Geneva; and Pakistan’s Ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO). He has also served as Head of Customs (Member) at the Federal Board of Revenue in Pakistan. Dr. Manzoor has also published numerous papers on issues relating to international trade, Customs reforms and food security.

• As the Regional Trade Advisor for a USAID Project (2013-2014), built strong momentum for promoting regional trade in South and Central Asia through research studies, technical assistance to/collaboration with policy-makers in the Government of Pakistan (GoP), keynote speeches at regional conferences, Chambers of Commerce and Industry, academic institutes and other trade-related forums.
• As Director, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to the United Nations at Geneva from 2008-2010, spoke at numerous international conferences to apprise various UN bodies and their member countries about the seriousness of the food crisis for world’s poor and how a coordinated effort could mitigate adverse effects of this catastrophe
• As Pakistan’s Ambassador and Chief Negotiator at the WTO (2002-2008), was one of the key proponents for initiating and successfully conducting negotiations on a new Trade Facilitation Agreement Also served as the Chairman of the WTO’s negotiating group on Trade-related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) for four years.
• As head of Customs Department (2000-2002), carried out serious tariff and trade facilitation reform to enable Pakistan’s rank as one of the top 10 reformers in the world at the time

Shirley Lin


Shirley Lin, a high-profile attorney in Taiwan, has nearly 20 years of experience in transnational legal practice and is noted for providing comprehensive legal and tactical advice for her clients both at home and abroad, and for representing them in a diverse range of disputes and litigation with her strong academic background and first-hand experience in the field of public affairs.


Lin earned an LL.M. from Northwestern University School of Law (NU Law) and an LL.B. from National Taiwan University. When pursuing her S.J.D. studies at NU Law, she also obtained an unprecedented fellowship from there as well as a young scholar award from a prestigious foundation solely funded by the Taiwanese government. Moreover, Lin’s researches on cutting-edge issues of international law have not only been published in worldwide recognized academic journals but have been greatly benefiting her clients in resolving some of the toughest transnational disputes.


In addition to her thriving legal career, Lin has been active in politics and other public affairs in Taiwan. More specifically, she was once elected as a Member of National Assembly; served as CEO of the most influential NGO in Taiwan’s judicial reform; frequently appeared on nationally broadcast television and radio programs as commentator; and had her own law-related column on a nationwide newspaper. Because of her outstanding achievements, Lin was recognized as a “Rising Star” in law and politics both by the Common Wealth magazine and by Central News Agency in 2004 and 2008.


With her keen insight into public affairs and geopolitics, Lin can provide all-round legal and strategic advice, which usually goes above and beyond her clients’ expectations. Lin currently is based in Taipei, and is frequently invited to work with multi-national companies especially on investment projects in the Greater China region.


Links to publications

  • ‘China and Hong Kong International investment agreements: Convergence or Divergence?’ (2015) in: Michael Lang (Ed) Hong Kong and China– An International Tax Law Perspective, Kluwer Law 214-256
  • ‘Judicial Ideal Points in New Democracies: The Case of Taiwan’ (2012) 7(1) National Taiwan University Law Review 123-166

‘Explaining Constitutional Review in New Democracies’ (2011) 20(1) Washington International Law Journal 1-40.