"I am grateful to Judge Öberg for welcoming me into his cabinet, where I learned so much about the role of a judge and the value of our institutions from him and the dedicated public servants who work with him. Cultural exchange is so important not only for what it can teach you about another country and culture but also for what it teaches you about yours, and I was pleasantly surprised to come away from this experience with an even deeper understanding of US trade law after working with WTO law as implemented in the EU," GW Law Alumnus Ryan Migeed said.
Ryan R. Migeed, JD '22, was selected this year as one of two American stagiaires for the Court of Justice of the European Union through the US State Department's Dean Acheson Legal Stage Program. Designed to foster mutual understanding between the United States and the European Union in the area of law, the program is organized through the United States Embassy in Luxembourg and offers graduates of US law schools the opportunity to intern for a Judge at the Court of Justice, with an Advocate General of the Court of Justice, or with a Judge of the General Court.
Ryan served in the Cabinet of Judge Ulf Öberg on the General Court of the European Court of Justice from March to May this past spring. The General Court hears cases on a range of issues, including trademarks, competition (antitrust), international trade, and restrictive measures (sanctions). Ryan took a leave of absence from his law firm, Morris, Manning & Martin LLP, where he currently works as an Associate in the International Trade practice to serve in the Dean Acheson Program.
"I will take away from Luxembourg a deep respect for the Court of Justice of the European Union as an institution, which has sought to increase access to judicial review as a general principle of the rule of law. And, of course, I will take with me lasting friendships with fellow stagiaires, attorneys, and future attorneys from across the EU who inspired me and made me feel at home abroad," he added.