Overview

Clotilde du Parc heads the Geneva office of Van Bael & Bellis. Her practice focuses on international trade law, with a particular emphasis on WTO law, free trade agreements and customs law.

WTO and free trade agreements

Clotilde's practice is primarily focused on WTO dispute settlement proceedings, in which she counsels and assists governments. Her assistance covers all stages of the proceedings from the consultations to the panel and appellate body stages in original and compliance proceedings, as well as retaliation proceedings. She has assisted clients in a large number of WTO disputes involving a broad range of different substantive areas, including trade in goods, anti-dumping, safeguards, subsidies, technical barriers to trade and agriculture.

Clotilde also regularly advises clients on the compatibility of WTO Members’ rules and practice under WTO agreements and on issues relating to bilateral and regional trade agreements.

Clotilde closely monitors the negotiations that are taking place in the framework of the WTO (e.g. fisheries subsidies, e-commerce, etc.), enabling her to provide tailor-made assistance to clients concerned with these negotiations.

EU customs 

Clotilde advises clients on issues concerning EU customs classification, customs valuation and rules of origin.

She regularly gives seminars on WTO law and customs law.

Languages

French, English, Spanish

Recommendations

  • Best Lawyers for International Trade
  • Expert Guides for Women in Business Law
  • Expert Guides for International Trade
  • Legal 500 – WTO (Next generation lawyer)
  • LMG Europe Women in Business Law Awards – Best in International Trade nominee
  • Who’s Who Legal – Global Leader for Trade & Customs
  • Who’s Who Legal – National Leader for Switzerland (Trade & Customs)

Education

  • University of Cambridge, LL.M. in European and International Law, 2001
  • University of Louvain,  Master of Laws, 2000

Publications

Commentary on the WTO Anti-Dumping Agreement (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming) (co-authored with P. De Baere and I. van Damme).

Contributor to Van Bael & Bellis, EU Anti-Dumping and Other Trade Defence Instruments (sixth edition, Kluwer, 2019), the standard work of reference in the field of EU trade law.

Co-author of Export Promotion and the WTO: a Brief Guide, ITC, Geneva, 2009.

Bar Admission

Brussels

Notable assignments

  • Assisting the Government of China in its successful challenge of the anti-dumping measures imposed by the European Union on iron or steel fasteners originating in China.

  • Assisting the Argentinean government in its successful challenge of the EU anti-dumping measures on imports of biodiesel from Argentina.

Publications and insights

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    • 02/12/2021
    • Books

    Van Bael & Bellis partners Philippe De Baere, Clotilde du Parc and Isabelle Van Damme publish commentary on the WTO Anti-Dumping Agreement

    Publisher
    Cambridge University Press

    Cambridge University Press has just published “The WTO Anti-Dumping Agreement” authored by Van Bael & Bellis partners Philippe De Baere, Clotilde du Parc and Isabelle Van Damme. The book provides a unique article-by-article commentary on the WTO Anti-Dumping Agreement, offering an essential and comprehensive insight into WTO case law. This commentary is an indispensable reference tool for all those working in the area of anti-dumping. Experts in international trade law, the authors have all been involved in a large number of WTO disputes and have extensive experience in anti-dumping investigations and in challenging anti-dumping determinations before the WTO and before national courts. The book is available to order here.

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    • 01/02/2018
    • News

    Van Bael & Bellis promotes Clotilde du Parc to partnership

    Van Bael & Bellis is pleased to announce the election to the partnership of Clotilde du Parc. Clotilde joined Van Bael & Bellis in 2002. She heads the firm’s Geneva office which is dedicated to WTO law matters. She specialises...

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    • 22/12/2016
    • News

    Van Bael & Bellis successfully assists Taiwan in its WTO dispute with Canada

    On 21 December, the Panel issued its report in the WTO dispute between Taiwan and Canada relating to the anti-dumping duties imposed by Canada on imports of carbon steel welded pipes (DS482). Taiwan, assisted by Van Bael & Bellis’ WTO team, prevailed on most of its claims. The Panel Report contains several important findings with implications going beyond this particular dispute. Specifically, the Panel condemned Canada for failing to terminate the investigation with regard to exporters having a de minimis margin of dumping,

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