International Trade and Economic Laws

The Centre for International Trade and Economic Laws (CITEL) was founded by Professor James J. Nedumpara under the aegis of Jindal Global Law School,  O.P. Jindal Global (Institution of Eminence Deemed To Be University), in 2009. The Centre was founded to ensure academic excellence in teaching, research and dissemination of knowledge and capacity in International Economic Laws in India.

Centre for International Trade and Economic Laws (CITEL) is an academic research centre affiliated to Jindal Global Law School (JGLS), O.P. Jindal Global (Institution of Eminence Deemed To Be University) (JGU). CITEL was founded in 2009. The centre has been able to develop into what it is today due to the vision of the faculty members who always strive for providing the efficient knowledge in the field of international trade and economic laws.

CITEL is known to be the scholarly home of international trade law, investment law and economic law at JGU. It provides the perfect space for intellectual interchange in the above areas.

CITEL aims to bring together LEADING experts in international trade law and other economic laws from various parts of the world and India to foster an open minded enquiry on some of the key issues pertaining to this field – an initiative which has no successful parallel in India. It focuses on current issues relating to international trade law & investment law and supports an interdisciplinary approach while critically analyzing the decisions of government and international bodies, treaty negotiations as well as important decisions of courts and quasi-judicial bodies.

International Economic Law
CITEL emphasizes research into fundamental systematic problems which falls broadly within the domain of international economic law. International economic law encompasses broad range of subjects which include trade in goods and services, investment law, financial law, economic integration, development law, business regulation and intellectual property.

The Centre emphasizes in-depth research on fundamental, long-term and topical issues which concerns international economic laws and various domestic economic legislations based on interdisciplinary approaches. An important focus is aimed on the nature of rule-making and the implementation at the multilateral level.

International Trade Law
International trade law delves on the importance of trade policy as well as trade laws governing trade of goods and services across national borders. It is a rapidly growing area in the field of international law. Therefore, it is important to move with the pace of development in the subject by initiating bright and talented students as well as aspiring researchers to come-up with ground-breaking research this field.

CITEL aims to critically examine important policy decisions pertaining to the World Trade Organization (WTO), regional trade policy frameworks, and treaty negotiation outcomes as well as decisions of courts, tribunals and quasi-judicial bodies pertaining to international trade law. The center aims to assist the policy makers through inter-disciplinary and in-depth research in making informed decisions on various aspects of trade negotiations and dispute settlement matters.

  • Inter- College Paper Writing & Presentation Competition on “The Concept of Public Body/ Dual Pricing in the WTO Jurisprudence”
  • The South Asia International Economic Law Network Inaugural Conference.

It encourages research and scholarship in the field of international trade and economic laws.

  1. The flag-ship project of the Centre for International Trade and Economic Laws (CITEL) was the Trade Policy Monitoring Reports (TPMRs) of India’s major trading partners: United States, China, Japan, Brazil, European Union and Russia. The project was granted by the Centre for WTO Studies, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi.
  2. The CITEL was granted a key project with respect to India’s dispute with the United States at the WTO relating to the Solar Mission – Renewable Energy Project of India named after the former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. The research conducted by CITEL was formulative of the negotiations between the two countries as well as a simultaneous WTO dispute filed by India against the US regarding certain RE policies by various US states violative of Subsidies Agreement and TRIMs Agreement at the WTO.
  3. The CITEL was granted with a continuous grant of projects by the Trade Policy Division, Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Government of India in pursuance of trade policy advice, research and memo submissions as regards various developments at the WTO, specially apart from other issues of interest in International Economic Laws.
  4. The CITEL was granted with project by Ministry of Commerce of China – MOFCOM to prepare a compendious report detailing various areas of legal and technical details in India pursuant to understanding feasibility of connecting with India of China through the One Road, One Belt project of the People’s Republic of China.
  5. The CITEL prepared e-Patshala Module on Anti-Dumping and Subsidies and Countervailing Measures. The e-Patshala Modules project was granted by the University Grants Commission, Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India, New Delhi.
  6. The CITEL completed a book project on ‘WTO Dispute Settlement at 20 – Insiders’ Reflections on India’s Participation’ published by Springer as edited by Professor (Dr.) James J. Nedumpara and Professor Abhijit Das. The chapters included insights into the WTO dispute settlement developments and reforms by renowned personalities relevant to India’s WTO community.
  7. Professor James J. Nedumpara, Director of the CITEL, JGLS was the main LEGAL advisor for the WTO legal team on India-Agricultural Products (DS430) Appellate Body stage which saw novel jurisprudential developments under the SPS Agreement of the WTO.
  1. Brenden McGivern, Partner, White and Case (Geneva), ‘Reflections on the WTO and its Dispute Settlement Mechanism’ – 4th May 2016
  2. Professor (Dr.) Colin Picker, Professor and Associate Dean (International), The University of New South Wales, Australia on ‘Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement: Much of a Muchness’ – 14th March 2016
  3. Professor Jane K. Winn, Charles I. Stone Professor, University of Washington School of Law on ‘Platform Strategy as Economic Development Instrument: India and China compared’ – 28th August 2015
  4. MS Sahoo, Member, Competition Commission of India on ‘Cross-Checking Competition Assessment of India’s Economic Laws’ – 30th October 2015
  5. Distinguished Public Lecture delivered by Professor (Dr.) Petersmann on ‘Impact of Mega-Regionals on Citizens and the WTO Legal System’ followed by seminar on ‘Multilateralism in the era of Mega-Regionals – New Directions in mega-Trading System
  6. International Conference on ‘A Stocktaking of India’s Trade Policy: Past, Present and the Future’ – Jindal Global Law School, O.P. Jindal Global (Institution of Eminence Deemed To Be University)
  7. , NCR Delhi in collaboration with the World Trade Institute, WTI, University of Bern – 21-22 May 205
  8. The South Asia International Economic Law Network Inaugural Conference – 29-30 April 2017
  9. Inter-College Paper Writing and Presentation Competition on ‘The Concept of Public Body or Dual Pricing in the WTO Jurisprudence’ organized by TPM Solicitors and Consultants in collaboration with the Centre for International Trade and Economic Laws (CITEL), Jindal Global Law School (JGLS).
  10. International Conference on ‘Managing Growth in a Changing World: What Lessons Can the BRICS Learn from Each Other?’ – 6-8 December 2012
  11. Guest Lecture on US Trade Remedies by Ms. Nithya Nagarajan, Lead Attorney at Law Offices of Nithya Nagarajan, LLC and Mr. James Breeden, Founding Member and Managing Partner UNO International Trade Strategy
  12. MS Sahoo, Member, Competition Commission of India, Distinguished Guest Lecture on ‘Cross-Checking: Competition, Assessment of India’s Economic Laws’ on 30th October 2015.
  13. Professor (Dr.) Ingo Venzke, ‘In Whose Name? On the Authority of International Investment Tribunals’, Distinguished Guest Lecture by the Centre for Postgraduate Legal Studies in collaboration with the Centre for International Trade and Economic Laws (CITEL)
  14. Mr. Anand Grover, UN Special Rapporteur for Right to Health, Distinguished Guest Lecture on ‘Access to Essential Drugs in Developing Countries’ – Centre for Health Law, Ethics and Technology in collaboration with the Centre for International Trade and Economic Laws (CITEL) – 15 April 2011.

Vandana Gyanchandani

The CITEL was the formative ground where my intellectual interest and knowledge on various issues relating to India’s economic development and International Economic Laws were supported and nurtured. Through various projects, the work encouraged various student participants in the CITEL activities to get first-hand experience into the daily work and essential research important for Indian policy-makers as well as international institutional stakeholders.

Avirup Bose

Avirup Bose