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Legal Associates Program - Class of 2007


Jorge Luis Alva-Luperdi

Jorge Luis Alva-Luperdi, a national of the United States and Peru, has been assigned to ICSID.  Jorge Luis received his law degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and his LL.M. in international law from Georgetown University Law Center.  Prior to joining ICSID Jorge Luis worked as a foreign attorney in the Corporate and Securities practice group at Arnold & Porter, LLP, in Washington, DC.  Previously, he worked as an associate at Estudio Olaechea's Corporate and Foreign Investment practice group in Lima, Peru, and as an intern in the legal department at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, DC. Jorge Luis has taught Civil law at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, and he worked as a researcher at the Development and Decentralization Institute in Lima.

Laohapakakul.gifDuangrat Laohapakakul

Duangrat Laohapakakul, a Thai national, has been assigned to the Africa Practice Group. She received her Bachelor of Laws from Chulalongkorn University in 2002 and her LL.M. from Harvard Law School in 2006. Duangrat worked for two years with Clifford Chance, Bangkok for the Finance and Banking practice group and thereafter as a corporate and commercial lawyer at Baker & McKenzie, Bangkok where she dealt mainly with corporate law issues and mergers and acquisitions transactions.


Antón Leis García

Antón Leis García, a Spanish national, is assigned to the Front Office.  Antón holds an LLB from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School, where he specialized in regulation, antitrust and international trade.  Prior to joining the Bank, he spent three years practicing competition law at Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton in Brussels. His work experience also includes internship positions at the Economic Affairs and the Environment departments of the Spanish Ombudsman and at the corporate practice group of a major Spanish law firm in Madrid. Antón is admitted to practice in Spain.


Patrick Okecho

Patrick Okecho, a national of Uganda has been assigned to LEGCF.  He obtained his LLB from from the Makerere University of Uganda, and has an LL.M. from the University of Western Cape, South Africa, and from the university of Toronto, Canada.  Patrick is an Advocate of the Courts of Judicature in Uganda. Before joining the World Bank Patrick  was a Lecturer in commercial law at both the Faculty of law of the Uganda Christian University and at the Makerere University Business School.  Prior thereto, Patrick worked as a solicitor at the law firm of Odere & Nalvanya practicing general commercial law.  Patrick is the author of a recent article on law reform, good governance and sustainable development published in the Uganda Living Law Journal (2006).


Sergio Puig de la Parra

Sergio Puig de la Parra a Mexican national will be dividing his time between LEGLA and LEGIA.  He earned a law degree at ITAM (Mexico) and attended Stanford Law School where he earned a masters degree and a doctorate degree (conferral pending), specializing in international law, international trade and dispute resolution systems.  Prior to joining the World Bank, Sergio worked as a legal consultant in Mexico and the United States and co-founded a web application to distribute independent films.


Yan Qin

Yan Qin, a Chinese national, has been assigned to LEGJR. She received her LL.M. from Yale Law School in 2006.  After she earned her LL.B. from Jilin University in 1998 and her LLM from Renmin University in 2002, Yan worked first as a clerk and thereafter as a judge at Shanghai No. 2 Intermediate People’s Court, where she served on a three-judge panel, conducted trials and hearings, and rendered decisions on civil and commercial cases. She also attended bankruptcy cases of China’s state-owned enterprises.


Julie Rieger

Julie Rieger, a British and German national, will be dividing her time between LEGFI and LEGPS. Julie obtained her LL.B. degree and a diploma in German law from King's College, London and the University of Passau, Germany in 2000 and her LL.M. degree in Islamic Law from the School of Oriental and African Studies in 2001.  She trained at the law firm of Allen & Overy in London and Dubai and qualified as a solicitor into Allen & Overy‘s banking department in 2004, where she worked focusing on Islamic finance transactions. Julie is fluent in German and also speaks French and Arabic.


Evgeniya Rubinina

Evgeniya Rubinina, a Russian national, has been assigned to ICSID. She studied law at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University) (LL.B., 2004; Specialist Degree in International Law and Foreign Languages, 2005), as well as at the University of Oxford, Balliol College, where she obtained a taught graduate degree (MJur, 2006), followed by a research degree (MPhil in Law, 2007), for which she wrote a dissertation on international investment arbitration. Her experience includes working as assistant legal counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague, as a lawyer in the international finance and banking group at Lovells in Moscow, as well as interning in the international arbitration group at Freshfields in Paris, in the Legal Department at the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and at Gide Loyrette Nouel in Moscow.

Smagadi.gifAphrodite Smagadi

Aphrodite Smagadi, a Greek national, has been assigned to LEGEN.  She is a public international lawyer with particular interest in environmental, human rights and WTO law. She earned her PhD and MR from the European University Institute in Florence (Italy), an LL.M. in environmental law from the University of Freiburg (Germany) and a law degree from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece). She has also been  a visiting scholar at Columbia Law School in New York (USA) and an Erasmus exchange student in Maastricht (The Netherlands). Prior to joining the World Bank, she was research fellow in public international law and project director at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (London). In the past she worked for ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability in Freiburg (Germany) and interned for the European Commission, DG Trade in Brussels (Belgium) and the UN Office of Legal Affairs in New York (USA). She is member of the Bar Association in Thessaloniki and has several publications in the area of international law.

Last updated: 2007-09-25

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