The Rodolfo Rivas Project

The Rodolfo Rivas Project

Alan Yanovich

May 29, 2021

Season 3 Episode 7 – My guest is Alan Yanovich. Alan is a Partner at Akin Gump in Geneva, Switzerland, where he represents foreign governments and multinational corporations on disputes before the WTO and other international dispute-resolution bodies.

Alan was born and raised in Colombia and attended Georgetown for his bachelor's and JD degrees. In our conversation, he talks about his experience as an International student and attending some Hoyas games to see Mutombo and Mourning. After law school, Alan worked for the Colombian Government Trade Bureau in Washington, and this eventually led to a stint at the General Secretariat of the Andean Community.

This professional formative experience allowed him to get hands-on experience with different aspects of International Economic Law, which proved helpful when joining the WTO at the Appellate Body Secretariat. In our conversation, he talks about the selection process and some of his work for the WTO.

After some years, he looked to more significant challenges and joined a law firm where he has been working for several years.

Alan is a good friend, and we had a delightful and insightful conversation touching on many aspects of International Economic Law.

I hope you enjoy our conversation.

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About The Rodolfo Rivas Project:
Conversations with talented individuals (lawyers, diplomats, entrepreneurs, academics, filmmakers, etc.) in International Geneva and beyond with 3 seasons so far.

Some of our guests include: Dr. Willy Mutunga (former Chief Justice Kenya), Dr. Grethel Aguilar (Acting DG of IUCN), Jesus Seade (Undersecretary for North America Mexico’s MFA) Amb. Roberto Zapata (Mexico to the WTO), Petros Mavoridis (Columbia Law School), Edward Kwakwa (Assistant DG at WIPO), David Zonana (filmmaker).

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