Jennifer Angline Hamaoui is a French national who graduated in Law from the University of Barcelona (UB) with distinction and member of the Barcelona Bar Association. During the course of her legal studies she was involved in different types of extracurricular activities all related to the practice of law, such as the ELSA Moot Court Competition of 2008 on WTO Law which consisted in a simulated hearing in the World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement system. She also collaborated during two years with the Department of Philosophy and Sociology of the Law faculty as an assistant lecturer, giving classes to the first year students of the degree in law.
Jennifer has worked as a trainee at the law firm Garrigues, Abogados y Asesores Tributarios, in its Barcelona office, in the department of Corporate Law dealing mainly with mergers and acquisitions, commercial contracts and due diligences.
With the view engaging herself in the practice of International Economic Law, specially in international trade and dispute settlement Jennifer started the University of Barcelona's Master of Laws in International Economic Law and Policy Programme. She wrote her final dissertation on the existence of a "de facto" stare decisis of the WTO Appellate Body (Thesis supervisor Maria Pereyra, WTO secretariat, Legal Affairs Division).
She is also interested in studying Lebanon's accession to the WTO and the architecture of Middle-Eastern countries FTAs since she has lived several years in Saudi Arabia and is acquainted with the economical structure of these countries.
Once Jennifer completed the IELPO Programme, she started to collaborate at Covington& Burling Brussels in the team of international trade and litigation lead by Dr. Berrisch and was involved in several anti-dumping proceedings held before the EU institutions; representing European industries in the course of the investigation and the Council of the European Union in the phase of judicial review before the Court.
In January 2010 she started to work as an intern in the Legal Affairs Division of the WTO and was promoted to Legal Affairs Officer four months later. In June 2010 a permanent position in the Legal Affairs Division was made available, Jennifer passed the competition and was recruited.
Since December 2010 Jennifer is one of the youngest permanent staff member of the division. Her main task is to assist the members of panels in WTO dispute settlement proceedings. In addition, she provides technical assistance and training regarding dispute settlement procedures and WTO legal issues through special courses on dispute settlement and WTO technical cooperation missions to WTO Members delegates and government officials.
Jennifer is also in the process of publishing an article and a contribution in a WTO law handbook.
Languages: French, English, Spanish, Catalan and notions of Arabic.
(Last update: August 2012)