Jason Houston-McMillan focuses mainly on WTO law in Van Bael & Bellis’ Geneva office. Jason assists governments in WTO proceedings before panels and the Appellate Body.  

Prior to joining Van Bael & Bellis, Jason worked as a Dispute Settlement Lawyer at the World Trade Organization in Geneva where his work involved advising WTO panelists on complex factual and legal scenarios, drafting issues papers and sections of WTO panel reports on a range of international trade law topics, and involvement with the procedural and organisational aspects of various disputes.


English, Afrikaans, basic French


  • University of Cape Town, LL.M. specialising in International Trade Law, 2017
  • Rhodes University, LL.B., Dean’s list for academic merit, 2015
  • Rhodes University, Bachelor of Arts (Legal Theory and Philosophy), 2013


An Argument for More Plurilateral Agreements and their Value for Developing Countries: Stemming the Tide of Preferential Trade Agreements, Post-Doha, University of Cape Town, 2017;

The Legitimate Regulatory Distinction Test: Incomplete and Inadequate for the Particular Purposes of the TBT Agreement, World Trade Review, Cambridge University press, 2016;

A Critical Analysis of the Legitimate Regulatory Distinction Test as Conceived in US – Clove Cigarettes, US – Tuna II and US – COOL, awarded the Society of International Economic Law/Cambridge University Press Prize 2015.