Inês Aguiar Machado focuses on international trade law, with an emphasis on WTO law.

Prior to joining Van Bael & Bellis, Inês worked as an intern in the Rules Division of the World Trade Organization in Geneva. She also was a trainee in the trade section of the European Delegation to the United States in Washington, D.C where her focus was on transatlantic trade and digital trade matters. Inês also has experience in the private sector, having worked for both a renowned telecommunication and aviation company.


English, French, Portuguese, Spanish


  • Graduate Institute of Geneva (IHEID), Switzerland, LL.M. in International Economic Law, cum laude, 2019
  • University of Surrey, United Kingdom, Bachelor of Law, 2018


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    • 24/11/2021
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    European Commission proposes deforestation due diligence rules

    On 17 November 2021, the European Commission (“Commission”) published a Proposal for a Regulation on placing on the EU market and exporting from the European Union wood, cattle (beef), cocoa, coffee, palm oil and soy and derived products associated with deforestation and forest degradation (“Proposed Regulation” or “Proposal”). According to the Proposal, those products can no longer be placed or made available on the EU market, nor can they be exported from the EU market, unless they are deforestation-free. The Proposal is presented as part of the European Union’s initiatives to address climate change, such as the European Green Deal. The publication of the Commission’s legislative proposal comes in the wake of COP26, where global leaders, including the European Union, made pledges to stop deforestation. This Client Alert sets out the key elements of the Proposal that are of interest to producers, traders, importers and exporters of wood, cattle (beef), cocoa, coffee, palm oil and soy as well as some derived products.

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