Sergiy Beketov specialises in trade law and WTO law, with a particular focus on trade defence instruments across multiple jurisdictions (both the EU and the C.I.S. countries) and the WTO dispute settlement mechanism (panels and Appellate Body proceedings).

Sergiy advises clients on trade regulation and customs law issues in Ukraine and the C.I.S. countries, as well as on various aspects of international commercial arbitration.

He also develops and conducts training and capacity building programmes for government officials in third countries on anti-dumping matters.

Prior to joining Van Bael & Bellis, Sergiy worked in Ukraine’s Ministry of Justice where he defended the state before international arbitration institutions. He also interned with the WTO Appellate Body Secretariat and Rules Division.


Russian, English, Ukrainian, German, French


  • World Trade Institute, University of Bern, Master of International Law and Economics, cum laude, 2010
  • University of Tilburg, Master of International Business Law, 2009
  • National Law Academy of Ukraine, Bachelor and Master of Laws, with honours, 2004-2005 


Co-author of “Bridging the Abyss? Lessons from Global and Regional Integration of Ukraine”, Journal of World Trade, 46:2, p. 457, April 2012.

Co-author of the Ukrainian version of “WTO in a Nutshell”, Kiev: Inyure, 2011. 

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Notable assignments

  • Assisting the sole producer of yellow phosphorus in Kazakhstan in the EU anti-dumping investigation concerning that product and obtaining a termination of the case without the imposition of anti-dumping measures.

  • Assisting the sole producer of steel wire ropes in Ukraine in the EU anti-dumping interim review concerning that product and obtaining a reduction of the anti-dumping duty from 51.8% to 10.5%.

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