Dear Hodgson Law Trustees,
As the first recipient of the Hodgson Law Scholarship in 2007 for an LLM in International Business Law at the University of Liverpool, I am glad to update you on my progress in professional development. Last Tuesday I graduated from a PhD at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg after a lenghty but very constructive process.
With a thesis entitled "The interpretation and application of Art XXIII GATT to anti-dumping law and practice" I presented an account of interpretative reasoning within the framework of international law and applied it to seek a coherent answer to the place that Article XXIII has within the scheme of WTO Law. As a Business Unit Manager of a company that trades with different countries, I can see the practical repercutions of my submissions in the real world, and also have some perspective on the nuances of practical adjustments in domestic and WTO regulations.
I remember very clearly when I applied for the scholarship that it was intended for the beneficiaries to give back to the Merseyside region. While I am currently settled in South Africa, I never forget my commitment as a Hodgson Law beneficiary. I believe that the issue of international trade concerns the region more than ever and I also think that its study with a critical approach to existing regulations and practices can be promoted amongst Merseyside students and practitioners. I will continue to engage with the University of Liverpool, to keep abreast of the discussions and events taking place there with regards to the International Economic Law arena.
In addition, I would like to thank the Hodgson Law trust for enabling me to study further, the opportunity I received in 2007 changed my life completely. So I wish to keep in touch and ensure that young lawyers continue to be impacted as deeply as I have been.
Many thanks and kind regards,
Luz Helena Hanauer (nee Beltran Gomez)
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