Alena White, LLM
Alena White (neé Hermans) was a legal trainee at Ecologic Institute. Her primary research interests included climate protection and renewable energy law, sustainable development as well as environmental implications of WTO law and the intellectual property rights regime. Alena is a native speaker of both German and English, speaks good Italian and has a basic knowledge of Spanish, French and spoken Mandarin.
She is also interested in political and legal theory and welcomes the opportunity to work in an environment like Ecologic Institute that combines scientific research with environmental policy work. Alena White is completing her post-graduate legal training at the Superior Court of Justice in Berlin.
Before coming to Ecologic Institute, she worked for the German Federal Foreign Office, where she helped organise the "Forum Global Issues" concerning issues of climate justice. She gained additional experience at the international law firm Hogan & Hartson Raue LLP, where she focused on EU public procurement law, energy law and general public law.
Alena White studied law at Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (Germany) and Università di Roma Tre (Italy), focusing on European and public international law. She completed internships at the European Chamber of Commerce in China and at Kennedy Covington LLP (now K & L Gates) in Charlotte (USA). She holds an LLM from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London (UK), where she focused on WTO law, multinational enterprise regulation and issues concerning international environmental law and its significance for sustainable development.