Overview

Elyse Kneller focuses on EU and WTO trade law, with a particular emphasis on trade remedy investigations. Elyse assists companies and governments in anti-dumping, anti-subsidy and safeguard investigations initiated by the European Commission and by third countries. Elyse also has experience in EU regulatory law, in particular concerning EU sustainable development policies, FDI control and Brexit-related matters.

Prior to joining Van Bael & Bellis, Elyse was an intern at the Australian Permanent Mission to the World Trade Organisation in Geneva. Elyse also gained valuable experience in international human rights law as an intern at the World Organisation Against Torture.

Languages 

English, French, Dutch

Education 

  • University of Ghent, LL.M. in International and European Law, summa cum laude,  2019
  • University of Sydney, Bachelor of Political, Economic and Social Sciences (Government and Legal studies), with high distinction, 2018
  • University of Geneva, Exchange Programme, 2017

Publications

"EU-Australia FTA: Challenges and Potential Points of Convergence for Negotiations in Geographical Indications" (Journal or World Intellectual Property 2020, Vol. 23, 546)

Publications and insights

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    • 14/07/2021
    • News

    Gabriele Coppo, Mats Cuvelier and Elyse Kneller participate in seminar on export control compliance

    On the first of July, Gabriele Coppo, Mats Cuvelier and Elyse Kneller spoke at a seminar, co-hosted by Van Bael & Bellis, on key compliance risks for companies exporting military goods and dual-use items, including intangible technology transfers. Their presentation also covered international and European regulatory initiatives related to corporate and social responsibility duties affecting trade. The seminar was part of a meeting of the Belgian Security and Defence Industries (“BSDI”), the national trade association bringing together companies in the defence, aerospace, (cyber-) security sectors. The seminar was the first in-person event BSDI had organized in more than a year, providing the VBB team with an eager and engaged audience.

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    • 28/06/2021
    • Articles

    The EU’s upcoming sustainable corporate governance rules: What can businesses expect?

    The growing political focus on the protection of the environment, human rights and labour rights may soon translate into additional obligations on companies in order to ensure the respect of such societal values throughout their entire supply chains. The European Commission (“Commission”) is likely to publish a legislative initiative on sustainable corporate governance,1 which would set out rules that require companies to address adverse sustainability impacts within their operations and international value chains. The Commission is also contemplating regulating the remuneration of corporate directors and enforcing them to integrate stakeholders’ interests and corporate sustainability risks into the implementation of the corporate strategy. This client alert sets out what businesses can expect from the upcoming sustainable corporate governance initiative and its potential impacts on company operations and value chains. In section 1, we explain what the sustainable corporate governance initiative is before turning to the rules that the Commission is considering in section 2. Finally, in section 3, we briefly discuss the effects that these rules might have on businesses.

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    • 26/02/2021
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    The implication of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) for the automotive sector

    On 24 December 2020, the European Union and the United Kingdom concluded the Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, of the one part, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, of the other part (the “TCA”), which is provisionally applied from 1 January 2021. The TCA forms the basis of the new bilateral relationship between the EU and the UK. The withdrawal of the UK from the EU and the terms of the TCA have changed the way in which goods are traded between the EU and the UK. For an industry that is as integrated as the automotive sector, these changes are significant. This Client Alert expands on our Client Alert “Implications of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement on trade in goods”, by focusing on the TCA’s provisions relevant to the automotive sector, in particular the provisions regarding the rules of origin and technical barriers to trade.

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