The School of International Studies and the College of the Pacific are pleased to welcome Dr. Joan Apecu Laker as the Fall 2014 semester’s first Tuesday World Forum speaker. Dr. Apecu Laker is head of the Trade Negotiations Committee Section and Ugandan Economic Affairs Officer for the Council and Trade Negotiations Committee division of the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. She will speak on “How are DDA negotiations carried out and what progress has been made?” on Tuesday, September 23 at noon, in Wendell-Phillips Center 140.
The DDA is the Doha Development Agenda, which refers to the latest round of trade negotiations among the WTO membership. Its aim is to achieve major reform of the international trading system through the introduction of lower trade barriers and revised trade rules. The work program covers about 20 areas of trade.
Prior to her work with the WTO, Dr. Apecu served in several capacities in the Uganda Law Reform Commission, including as a Senior Legal Officer in charge of Law Reform and Research, where she undertook law reform projects in several branches of the law. She has also served in the Permanent Mission of Uganda to the United Nations and other international organisations in Geneva, Switzerland.
Dr. Apecu completed her doctoral studies in international law with a focus on international trade law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva Switzerland with amagna cum laude degree. She holds a Master of Law Degree (LLM), cum laude, in international trade and investment law, from the universities of Pretoria (South Africa) and the Amsterdam Law School (The Netherlands), a postgraduate diploma in legal practice from the Law Development Centre in Uganda and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Makerere University in Uganda. She has published on topics including the participation of African Members at the World Trade Organization, Legal and Institutional Aspects (1995-2010); the law of Contract in Uganda; and, Intellectual Property law in Uganda. She has written several articles on developing countries in the multilateral trading system; law reform in Uganda, and on children and women’s rights.