Gábor Báthory practises EU and international trade law, EU competition law and EU internal market law.  

EU Internal Market and Fundamental Rights

Gábor’s practice focuses on assisting clients in litigation before the EU Courts as well as on representing clients before the European institutions in cases concerning EU internal market rules and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. Gábor routinely advises clients seeking remedies under EU Law against various national and European legislative and administrative measures. Gábor also represents clients before the European Court of Human Rights in cases concerning infringements of the EU's Charter of Fundamental Rights and the European Convention of Human Rights.

EU Competition

Gábor handles a wide range of matters including merger control, cartel investigations (both complaints and cartel defence) and State aid. The clients Gábor has assisted in competition law matters include companies in the retail, chemical, steel, aviation and automotive sectors.


Gábor has over a decade of experience in EU trade remedies, including anti-dumping, anti-subsidy and anti-circumvention. His expertise includes assisting clients in trade remedy investigations, particularly in relation to the preparation of questionnaire responses, the preparation for and the handling of on-the-spot verifications and representation before the European Commission and the EU Courts, as well as in customs matters involving national customs authorities and OLAF.

Prior to joining Van Bael & Bellis, Gábor worked for two years at the Brussels office of a US law firm and gained experience in communications law during an internship with the Information Society Directorate General of the European Commission. He also worked as a trainee lawyer with an Austrian law firm in Vienna and with a Hungarian law firm in Budapest. He is a native Hungarian who obtained his legal education in Austria.


Hungarian, English, German, French, Dutch, Spanish, Russian


  • College of Europe, Bruges, LL.M. in European Legal Studies, 2006
  • University of Vienna, Master of Laws, 2002
  • University of Vienna, Bachelor of Law, 2000


Contributor to Van Bael & Bellis, Competition Law of the European Community (fifth edition, Kluwer, 2010).

Contributor to EU Anti-Dumping and Other Trade Defence Instruments (sixth edition, Kluwer, 2019).

Regular contributor to Van Bael & Bellis’ newsletter VBB on Competition Law.

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Notable assignments

  • Assisting Argentinean producers of biodiesel in obtaining the annulment by the EU General Court of the EU anti-dumping duties on imports of biodiesel from Argentina.

Publications and insights

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    • 24/10/2019
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    Gábor Báthory speaks at the European Federation of Pharmacy Chains’ 1st International Conference on the future of pharmacy care

    On 17 October 2019, Van Bael & Bellis counsel Gábor Báthory spoke at the 1st International Conference on the future of pharmacy care organized by the European Federation of Pharmacy Chains in Prague. Topics covered at the conference included current issues and challenges of the European pharmacy sector such as ownership, quality, education of pharmaceutical professionals and innovation. Gábor's presentation discussed pharmacy ownership, with a focus on remedies available under EU Law against national restrictions on pharmacy ownership. Other speakers included Johan Wallér, CEO of the Swedish Pharmacy Association, Max Müller, Member of the Board at DocMorris, Europe’s largest internet pharmacy, Daniel Horák, CEO of Dr.Max, the largest pharmacy network in Slovakia and the Czech Republic, Peter Pažitný, Executive Director of the “CEE Health Policy Network” and former health policy advisor to various Ministers of Health of Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary, and Tomas Sebek, Co-founder and Partner of uLékaře.cz, the Czech Republic’s leading virtual hospital. The Panel was moderated by Martin Dočkal, the founder and owner of APATYKÁŘ, the largest pharmacy website in the Czech Republic.

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    • 05/04/2019
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    Van Bael & Bellis assists the retail industry in securing an injunction by the European Commission suspending Slovakia’s tax on the food retail sector

    On 2 April 2019, the European Commission opened an in-depth investigation into a tax on the food retail sector in Slovakia over concerns that the way in which the tax is structured gives some retailers a selective advantage over their competitors, thus involving State aid in breach of EU rules. At the same time, the Commission issued an injunction requiring Slovakia to suspend the application of the measure until the Commission has concluded its assessment under EU State aid rules.

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