The TradeLab Clinic

The TradeLab Clinic placement offers a unique opportunity to work with real clients on pressing issues of international trade and investment law. Students will work in small teams and under the close supervision of one or more Academic Supervisors on a 12 week long project answering specific legal questions.

Students will participate in introductory sessions to provide substantive background to the respective topics, as well as sessions to improve research and legal writing skills. At the end of the semester, each team will submit written legal memos and orally present their projects in class in the presence of the beneficiary and other invited guests. Students will also benefit from mentoring by experts in the areas in which they are working. '

Monash TradeLab’s past clients have been developing country governments, international organisations and non-governmental organisations. The upcoming projects will  relate to issues relating to negotiations for Free Trade Agreements in the context of international recognition of claims for exclusive protection of some geographical indications. In 2019 and 2020, students worked with an intergovernmental organisation and developing country governments to assist them to prepare domestic legislation that complied with these countries’ obligations under international trade and investment treaties.

Preference is given to students who have completed or are completing one of the units below, or students who have equivalent knowledge or experience.


LAW4122 - International law

LAW4668 - International investment law

LAW4681 - Global economic law

LAW4526 - World Trade Organisation (WTO) Law

LAW4343 - Sovereignty and globalisation


LAW5414 Public International Law

LAW5392 - Globalisation and international economic law

LAW5384 - International investment law

LAW5369 World Trade Organization (WTO) law

LAW5644 Sovereignty and globalisation