Law Scholar Graduates with Masters Degree in International Trade
Assessing the role and function of the World Trade Organization and its impact on international trade was the focus of Master of Laws graduate Mr Nikhiel Deeplal’s study titled: “The effect of the Agreement on Agriculture on the relationship between South African and the European Union”.
The research, supervised by Ms Claudinia Stevens, focused on the World Trade Organization’s Agreement on Agriculture.
‘The study assesses how South Africa and the European Union have implemented this agreement through bi-lateral Trade, Development and Cooperation Agreement and the economic effect of such an agreement on trade and particular on agricultural trade between South Africa and the European Union,’ said Deeplal.
The international scholar holds a certificate in International Relations from the Symbiosis International University, Pune, India; completed a short course in mediation at the Hague University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands and upon his return to South Africa has worked for Lawyers for Human Rights Refugee and Migrants Rights Unit, and consulted for the Nelson Mandela Foundation and UNICEF.
‘I have been consulted by the Land Bank of South Africa who are interested in my research and having me advise them on agricultural trade projects. I have also been working with the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) in France and this research has helped me further understand the European Union. Hence, having an understanding of the international landscape and political environment helps me to understand South Africa’s position in the world,’ she said.
Looking to the future, Deeplal is considering pursuing a PhD and exploring the inter-connectivity of politics and law.