Yaxuan Chen

Programme Manager, International Trade Law Programme

Yaxuan Chen is a Programme Manager at ICTSD and is in charge of the International Trade Law Programme. In this role, she designs and implements legal capacity building projects, including dialogues and similar events on trade and investment disputes. She also initiates research works on cross-cutting issues relating to international economic law and sustainable development.


Yaxuan’s experience in international trade law includes having worked as a dispute settlement lawyer in the WTO Legal Affairs Division and as a consultant in the WTO Trade in Services Division. Yaxuan also served as a legal intern in the WTO Appellate Body Secretariat. Prior to moving to Geneva, Yaxuan worked on various business projects in India and Australia. Yaxuan earned a Master in International Law and Economics (MILE) from the World Trade Institute (WTI) in Bern and a Master in International Law from Wuhan University in China. Yaxuan also obtained a Certificate in Chinese and American Studies from the Johns Hopkins University–Nanjing University Centre for Chinese and American Studies and Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Economics from Wuhan University in China. Yaxuan is a member of the Chinese bar and is a citizen of China.