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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    • 01/04/2022
    • News

    UPDATE — Switzerland Imposes Sanctions Targeting Russia

    In response to Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine and following the adoption by the European Union of sanctions targeting Russia, the Federal Council of Switzerland introduced a package of sanctions on 28 February 2022 severely restricting economic relations with Russia, and with selected Russian entities and persons. On 4 March 2022, Switzerland approved a second set of sanctions, which was further updated with additional targeted sanctions on 16 March 2022. On 25 March 2022, the latest set of sanctions was published. The applicable sanctions are set out in the Ordinance on measures related to the situation in Ukraine (SR 946.231.176.72) (“Russia Sanctions Ordinance”).

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    • 24/03/2022
    • News

    Switzerland Imposes Sanctions Targeting Russia

    In response to Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine and following the adoption by the European Union of sanctions targeting Russia, the Federal Council of Switzerland introduced a package of sanctions on 28 February 2022 severely restricting economic relations with Russia, and with selected Russian entities and persons. On 4 March 2022, Switzerland approved a second set of sanctions, which was further updated with additional targeted sanctions on 16 March 2022. The applicable sanctions are set out in the Ordinance on measures related to the situation in Ukraine (SR 946.231.176.72) (“Russia Sanctions Ordinance”). The sanctions adopted by Switzerland largely follow those adopted in recent weeks by the European Union but are not identical. For the applicable EU Sanctions, see our Client Alert of 17 March 2022. This Client Alert provides an overview of the relevant sanctions imposed by Switzerland as of 16 March 2022.

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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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