Philippe De Baere is one of the firm’s senior partners. His practice focuses on EU and WTO trade law as well as EU customs law, export controls and sanctions.

EU and International Trade 

Philippe has been involved in most major EU anti-dumping, anti-circumvention and anti-subsidy proceedings since 1990. He represents clients before the European Commission, the EU General Court, the EU Court of Justice, WTO Panels and the WTO Appellate Body. Notable cases include Giant Electric Vehicles v Commission, MTZ Polyfilms v Council and Far Eastern Textile, Ltd. v Council, a case which addressed the use of zeroing methodologies in anti-dumping investigations. .


Philippe assists WTO Members in various WTO dispute settlement proceedings. Recent disputes include: Russia – Traffic in Transit; Turkey – Pharma Products; EU — Palm Oil (Indonesia) and UK — CFD (EU). He was also involved in, inter alia, EC – Importation, Distribution and Sale of Bananas; EC – Pipe Fittings; US – Continued Existence and Application of Zeroing Methodology; Dominican Republic - Safeguard Measures on Imports of Polypropylene Bags and Tubular Fabric; Russian Federation — Recycling Fee on Motor Vehicles; Ukraine – Definitive Safeguard measures on certain passenger cars and EU — Safeguard Measures on Steel (Turkey). Most notably, in EC – Definitive Anti-Dumping Measures on Certain Iron or Steel Fasteners from China dispute, the Appellate Body found that the EU’s Basic Anti-Dumping Regulation, as such, was incompatible with the EU’s WTO obligations. Philippe has also assisted governments during their WTO accession negotiations as well as during the Uruguay Round and Doha Round negotiations.


Philippe regularly advises governments during their FTA negotiations with the EU. He has also assisted the Government of Korea during the first dispute ever brought by the EU under the Trade and Sustainable Development Chapter of an FTA.

Customs and Export Controls

Philippe represents several large manufacturers of high technology products in disputes concerning customs classification, valuation and origin. Notable cases include Canon Europa v Commission, Kyocera Mita Europe v Commission and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe v Commission, a case in which the EU General Court took the unprecedented step of annulling a customs classification regulation in a direct action by the company concerned. In WTO disputes related to customs issues, Philippe successfully assisted Japan and Chinese Taipei in the EC – Tariff Treatment of Certain Information Technology Products dispute. He also advised the US in EC – Selected Customs Issues and Japan in its recent dispute with India on the duty treatment of ICT goods. 


Dutch, English, French, Spanish


  • Chambers Global and Chambers Europe for International Trade/WTO (Star Individual)
  • Best Lawyers for Trade Law
  • Best Lawyers – Lawyer of the Year (Trade Law)
  • Who’s Who Legal – Lawyer of the Year Award (Trade & Customs)
  • Expert Guides – “The Best of the Best”
  • Expert Guides for International Trade
  • Legal 500 for Customs, Trade, WTO and Anti-dumping (Hall of Fame)
  • Who's Who Legal for Trade and Customs Law – one of only 7 Global Elite Thought Leaders identified in EMEA
  • Who’s Who Legal – Thought Leader for Trade & Customs
  • Who’s Who Legal – Thought Leader for Brexit


  • University of Leuven, Research Fellow, International Trade Law
  • University of Leuven, Belgium, Master of Political Science, 1986
  • University of Antwerp & University of Leuven, Master of Laws, 1984

Teaching Posts

Philippe regularly lectures on EU and WTO Trade Law at University Carlos III in Madrid, the University of Leuven (KUL) and the College of Europe (Bruges).

Bar Admission

Member of the Bar of Brussels

Registered Foreign Lawyer (England and Wales)

Notable assignments

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

  • Obtaining the annulment of the anti-dumping measures imposed on imports of bicycles exported by Giant China, Co. Ltd, the largest bicycle producer in the world, in proceedings before the EU General Court. The case is currently under appeal before the Court of Justice.

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