Overview

Joanna Redelbach practices international trade law, with a particular emphasis on WTO law and WTO dispute settlement.  

WTO

Joanna advises WTO Members at every stage of WTO dispute settlement proceedings, covering consultations, panel, appeal, compliance, and retaliation proceedings. She advised clients in a number of WTO disputes involving a broad range of substantive areas, including trade in goods, anti-dumping, safeguards, technical barriers to trade and subsidies. She has worked on disputes involving general exceptions, including with respect to public health measures, and the security exception.

Joanna also regularly advises corporate clients and governments on the compatibility of WTO Members’ legislation and practice with WTO law, on ongoing WTO negotiations and on issues relating to bilateral and regional trade agreements.

EU and International Trade

In addition to WTO law, Joanna specialises in trade defence instruments and has been involved in several EU anti-dumping, anti-circumvention, anti-subsidy and safeguard investigations. She represents clients before the European Commission, the EU General Court and the EU Court of Justice.

Most recently, Joanna has focused on trade aspects of the EU proposal for carbon border adjustment mechanism and the European Commission’s White Paper on Foreign Subsidies. She also advises clients on issues concerning foreign investment screening, customs, issues relating to Brexit and EU renewable energy legislation.  

Prior to joining Van Bael & Bellis, Joanna worked as a trainee at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Trade. She also previously worked as a legal intern at the Legal Affairs Division of the WTO and gained valuable experience at the Geneva office of a leading US law firm dealing with international trade law.

Languages

Polish, English, French, Spanish

Education

  • University of Geneva, Master of International and European Law, summa cum laude, 2013
  • Adam Mickiewicz University Poznań, Poland, Master of European Studies (European Law), summa cum laude, 2012
  • University of Geneva, Certificate in Transnational Law, 2010
  • Adam Mickiewicz University Poznań, Poland, Bachelor of European Studies (European Law), summa cum laude, 2010

Publications

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

Contributor to the WTO chapter of “The International Trade Law Review” (Law Business Research, 2015).

‘Case note: Dominican Republic – Safeguard Measures (Panel Report)’ (OUP Reports on International Trade Law Decisions, 2015).

Bar Admissions

Brussels

Notable assignments

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

  • Assisting bicycle producer Giant in the proceedings before the General Court and the EU Court of Justice concerning the annulment of the EU anti-dumping measures on bicycles from China.

Publications and insights

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    • 19/09/2022
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    Tetyana Payosova and Joanna Redelbach co authored WTO chapter in The International Trade Review

    Van Bael & Bellis senior associates Tetyana Payosova (Geneva) and Joanna Redelbach (Brussels) have co-authored the WTO chapter in the 8th edition of The International Trade Law Review published by Law Business Research. The chapter examines some of the key developments in WTO case law over the past year and addresses the alternative means of settling appeals in the absence of a functioning WTO Appellate Body, including the Multiparty Interim Appeal Arbitration Agreement (MPIA) and the first-ever recourse to arbitration under Article 25 of the WTO Dispute Settlement Understanding.

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    • 31/08/2022
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    Implications of the EU carbon border adjustment mechanism (“CBAM”) for Switzerland

    On 14 July 2021, the European Commission (“Commission”) published its proposal for a regulation establishing a carbon border adjustment mechanism (“CBAM proposal”). The EU CBAM will put a price on carbon embedded in certain imported products and is conceived as a measure against the risk of carbon leakage. That risk could arise if EU companies move their production abroad to avoid the costs of paying for carbon domestically (i.e. under the EU Emissions Trading System (“EU ETS”)) or import cheaper foreign products that are not subject to a carbon price in their country of production. The EU CBAM thus aims not only at preventing the risk of carbon leakage, but also at ensuring a level playing field for domestic and imported products. The CBAM proposal initially targets five sectors – aluminium, cement, electricity, fertilisers as well as iron and steel. In addition, as proposed by the European Parliament (“EP”), it could potentially also apply to hydrogen, organic chemicals and plastics. In the long run, its scope will be gradually expanded to other sectors covered by the EU ETS, such as glass, ceramics and synthetic rubber.

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    • 12/07/2022
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    The EU Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM): what’s at stake for the trilogue?

    On 14 July 2021, the European Commission published its proposal for the CBAM Regulation (the CBAM Proposal). The CBAM Proposal is subject to the ordinary legislative procedure, which requires approval from the European Parliament and the Council of the EU. Both the Council and the European Parliament have now adopted their respective negotiating positions for the forthcoming trilogue discussions with a view to conclude the legislative process this autumn. While co-legislators support the introduction of the CBAM already in January 2023, they disagree on a number of key issues which will be at the heart of the trilogue discussions.

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