The G2 Hackathon Challenge 9-11 April & finalist selection on 14 April 2021
At a moment when trade is challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic and a resurgence of protectionist sentiments, and the WTO faces crisis across many of its core functions, the organizers of the 2021 G-2 hackathon want to elevate new, fresh perspectives with bold ideas for the WTO’s path forward.
We are challenging teams of students (2-4 per team) from anywhere in the world to collaborate and in just 72 hours, develop a fully considered and legally sound proposal for an outcome at the WTO that meaningfully addresses an issue that will be shared at the launch of the Hackathon (9 April 2021). Team members will need to be available from 9-11 April and 14 April afternoon 15:00-20:00 CET.
To answer the hackathon challenge, your team will be asked to do four things:
- Define the substantive issue that your team is addressing (500 words).
- Propose a specific treaty text, or more informal commitment/declaration, text that addresses the concern or a particular, detailed aspect of it (200 words).
- Suggest a legal/technical or institutional way to implement your textual, substantive proposal within the broader WTO framework (500 words).
- Prepare a short video summarising the issue and your team’s solution (3-5 minutes)
Teams will be evaluated by a panel of eminent legal and trade policy experts on (i) the creativity of their solutions, (ii) the rigor of their legal drafting, (iii) the feasibility of their proposed path forward and (iv) the clarity of their presentation.
The top three teams will present their proposals during a special panel at the G2 conference and the winning team will receive a cash prize of USD 3,000 followed by USD 2,000 & USD 1,000 for the second and third runner up respectively. The winning team will also have their proposal published as a policy brief or working paper on the Centre for Trade and Economic Integration (CTEI) at the Graduate Institute and at the Institute of International Economic Law, Georgetown Law websites.
*A team should be composed of 2-4 students. All participants in the team need to be current undergraduate, masters or PhD students at the time of participating in the Hackathon. Should one of your team members not be eligible s/he will disqualify the entire team. The students can be from any university or law school in the world.
THIS CONFERENCE HAS BEEN ORGANIZED THANKS TO THE KIND SPONSORSHIP OF MR. SERGEY POPOV, Akin gump strauss hauer & feld llp, and lee & ko.
a special thanks to our organizing committee | marie kasperek, david kleimann, gabrielle marceau, joost pauwelyn, chris brummer, dmitry grozoubinski, meha jain, tamara pironnet, joanita kalibala & michael omumbwa