Helen Churchman is currently a student at NYU completing an LLM in International Legal Studies. Whilst studying, Helen has also worked part-time as a Legal Adviser to the Kingdom of Tonga’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations.
Before commencing her studies, she worked for the New Zealand government as a Market Access negotiator and a Trade Law Adviser. She was part of a team of negotiators working on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) as well as the New Zealand – Korea FTA negotiations. As a Trade Law Adviser, Helen worked predominantly on the Indonesia – Importation of Horticultural Products, Animals and Animal Products dispute and was part of New Zealand’s legal team at both initial consultations and the first WTO panel hearing of this dispute.
Helen graduated from the University of Otago in 2012 with a First Class Honours degree in Law and a Bachelor of Arts in European Studies. She also has a degree in European and International Law from Paris West University Nanterre La Défense. She is admitted to the bar in New Zealand as a barrister and solicitor.