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Apr 29, 2017 12:35 PM EDT

Harvard Law School World Trade Organization moot team wins for the fifth time the North America regional competition at the European Law Students Association (ELSA) Moot Court Competition. The Harvard Law School Students competed at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia from March 1 to 5. The team will now compete in the international final round at the WTO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland in June.

The members of the team are team captain Isabel Yang, Alex Kamath, Zachary Tan, and Devony Schmidt, Harvard Law Today reported. Together with them are their coaches Ted Brackemyre and Jordan Movinski. According to Harvard Law Professor Mark Wu, the case for this round raised the issue of how WTO law works with the growing numbers of free trade agreements in developing countries.

The case, which was written by a senior counsellor from the Legal Affairs Division of WTO, raised a lot of questions regarding the issue. The Harvard Law School Students worked hard to take on these legal issues and came up with an excellent set of arguments that tackles both sides. Wu also commended the coaches for doing a great job in bringing the team to work together.

Professor Wu specializes in international economics and trade law and is a faculty adviser for the HLS WTO moot court team for six years since 2011. Wu organized the WTO academic conference at HLS, gathering scholars, legal practitioners, government officials, and representatives from all over the world to tackle issue about the WTO and the future of trade.

One of the latest news on the future of trade regarding WTO is how Mexico will retaliate against U.S. imports after the WTO ruled in Mexico's favor in the recent tuna dispute, Reuters reported. The Mexican economy ministry said Tuesday that their country will seek authorization to suspend benefits and initiate the needed internal procedures to make the suspension effective US products being imported to the country.

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