Polovets Iryna

Iryna Polovets

Originally from Kyiv, Ukraine, Iryna Polovets holds a Bachelor's degree in Maritime Law from Odessa National Maritime Academy and a Master's degree in International Economic Law from Kyiv National Economic University. Her thesis focused on the WTO and regional dispute settlement proceedings and potential conflicts of jurisdiction.

In 2009-2010 Iryna participated in the ELSA Moot Court Competition (EMC²) on WTO Law. Her team won the Ukrainian National Round, was a semi-finalist in the European Regional Round in Leuven and represented Ukraine in the Final Round in the Dominican Republic. Iryna was honored to be recognized as one of the top speakers of the competition. In 2010-2011 she acted as a coach for the Ukrainian EMC² team, which equaled the success by making it to the European Regional Round semi-finals and 10th in the Final Round in Evian and Geneva. In 2011, Iryna also coached the winning team of the International Moot Competition on Maritime Arbitration (IMCMA).

Alongside her studies, Iryna worked as a consultant at the Law Clinic and interned with several local law firms in Odessa, as well as one year with the civil division of the district court of Odessa. Since January 2010, she has been working as an Associate with Volkov & Partners Law Firm. In the course of her work she has gained experience representing clients in anti-dumping and safeguards investigations and has carried out consulting on grain export restrictions imposed by Ukraine in 2010-2011. Furthermore, Iryna has published extensively on trade-related issues in Ukrainian law journals and newspapers, as well as in Bridges Trade News Digest.

In summer 2011, Iryna passed her professional qualifying exams at the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (London, UK) and her membership is currently pending. She is an active member of the European Law Students Association (ELSA) and currently holds the position of Assistant for the EMC² on WTO Law at ELSA International.

Irina is interested in WTO dispute settlement, trade remedies and investment issues and by studying the MILE programme she hopes to boost her career in international economic law. Iryna is a native Russian and Ukrainian speaker, is fluent in English and is currently studying French.