Sariyya, a former LL.M. student from Azerbaijan, currently doing an internship at the World Trade Organization came back to share her experience with our current students last December. She explained what it entails to work in the Secretariat of the WTO as an intern. She also made a presentation on the WTO disciplines on Trade in Agriculture, her area of interest.
Sariyya is in the Accessions Division of the WTO (World Trade Organization) Secretariat. The Division manages ongoing accessions to the WTO. Pursuant to Article XII of the Marrakesh Agreement establishing the WTO, any state or customs territory having full autonomy in the conduct of its trade policies can join the WTO on terms to be agreed with the WTO Membership. Accession is a negotiation process between an acceding country and WTO Members. It includes examination of the acceding country's foreign trade regime by a Working Party of WTO Members, bilateral market access negotiations in goods and services with WTO Members and following establishment of a schedule of concessions and commitments to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994 and a schedule of specific commitments to the General Agreement on Trade in Services for the acceding country. The results of the accession negotiations, contained in the Report of the Working Party, Accession Protocol and country's Goods and Services Schedules (together "the accession package") have to be adopted by the WTO Membership. Decisions on accession are taken by the WTO's highest decision-making body, the Ministerial Conference.