Jagdish Bhagwati LL.M. Fellowship Offers Adhiti Gupta LL.M. ’16 International Perspective
Five years ago a trade dispute was not front-page news in India, says Adhiti Gupta LL.M. ’16. Today, as the country’s position in the world economy has risen, so has the importance of trade and investment. And so has the scrutiny. Gupta, a native of India whose experience includes transnational corporate law, sees a burgeoning field. It’s one she’ll return to, eventually.
For now her focus is WTO law and multilateralism in trade, topics both complicated and intriguing to the former research fellow at Jindal Global Law School’s Centre for International Trade and Economic Laws. “It’s not only about the law,” she says. “It’s law and economics, law and geography, law and poverty. It’s not just a matter of legal rights.”
Gupta is a recipient of the Columbia Law School Jagdish Bhagwati Fellowship, made possible by a gift from the government of India, and named for the world-renowned economist, Council on Foreign Relations senior fellow, and Columbia professor. It was one of three such educational opportunities for in-demand Gupta, who interned for Justice Anil Dave of the Supreme Court of India.
But Columbia’s classes (like Law of the W.T.O., taught by Professors Petros Mavroidis, Gary Horlick and Sonia Rolland, “professors who practice”), lunch series (like visits by U.N. Special Rapporteurs), organizations (like the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment and its “interesting work at the intersection of trade, investment and sustainable development”) and location (New York City!) beckoned.
All that and internationally diverse classrooms too. “Students from across the world, who had exposure to international economic law in their home jurisdictions, contribute different perspectives,” says Gupta, relishing the resulting discussions.
That’s exactly why she moved abroad, to gain international exposure, to observe and learn from a variety of work ethics and environments. Ideally, she says, she will obtain a role at the WTO or a multinational organization doing WTO-related work.
It’s hard to imagine the first practicing lawyer in her family will do anything but succeed.