Overview

Victor Crochet focuses on trade remedy and WTO law. Victor assists governments in WTO proceedings before panels and the Appellate Body. Victor’s experience also includes advising companies and governments in anti-dumping, anti-subsidy and safeguard investigations initiated by the European Commission and by third countries.  

Prior to joining Van Bael & Bellis, Victor was an intern with the Appellate Body Secretariat of the World Trade Organization in Geneva. Victor also worked as an intern at the World Customs Organization.

Languages

French, English

Education

  • Georgetown Law Center, LL.M. in International Legal Studies, with distinction, 2016
  • University of Leuven, Master of European and International Law, magna cum laude, 2015
  • Melbourne Law School, Erasmus Exchange Programme, 2014
  • University of Brussels (ULB), Bachelor of Law, cum laude, 2012

Publications

Lawful Remedy or Illegal Response? Resolving the Issue of Foreign Subsidization Under WTO Law, World Trade Review (2021);

China’s ‘Going Global’ policy: Transnational subsidies under the WTO SCM Agreement, 23 Journal of International Economic Law (2020) awarded the Society of International Economic Law, Journal of International Economic Law, Oxford University Press Prize 2020; 

At the crossroads of trade and environment: The growing influence of environmental policy on EU trade law, in A. Orsini & E. Kavvatha, ‘EU Environmental Governance: Current and Future Challenges’ (Routledge, 2020);

Contributor to Van Bael & Bellis, EU Anti-Dumping and Other Trade Defence Instruments (Kluwer, 2019);

Dispute Settlement Mechanisms in Free Trade Agreements, TradeLab (2016);

Continental Free Trade Area: Dispute Settlement Mechanism. Africa’s choices for the dispute settlement mechanism of the Continental Free Trade Area, TradeLab (2016).

Bar Admission

Brussels

Publications and insights

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    • 28/06/2021
    • Articles

    The EU’s upcoming sustainable corporate governance rules: What can businesses expect?

    The growing political focus on the protection of the environment, human rights and labour rights may soon translate into additional obligations on companies in order to ensure the respect of such societal values throughout their entire supply chains. The European Commission (“Commission”) is likely to publish a legislative initiative on sustainable corporate governance,1 which would set out rules that require companies to address adverse sustainability impacts within their operations and international value chains. The Commission is also contemplating regulating the remuneration of corporate directors and enforcing them to integrate stakeholders’ interests and corporate sustainability risks into the implementation of the corporate strategy. This client alert sets out what businesses can expect from the upcoming sustainable corporate governance initiative and its potential impacts on company operations and value chains. In section 1, we explain what the sustainable corporate governance initiative is before turning to the rules that the Commission is considering in section 2. Finally, in section 3, we briefly discuss the effects that these rules might have on businesses.

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    • 04/11/2020
    • News

    Philippe De Baere authors WTO chapter for The International Trade Law Review (6th Edition)

    Van Bael & Bellis managing partner and head of the trade practice Philippe De Baere recently authored the WTO chapter in the sixth 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 Multiparty Interim Appeal Arbitration Agreement (MPIA) that was agreed between the European Union and like-minded WTO members as a means of preserving the appeal stage of the WTO dispute settlement in the absence of a functioning WTO Appellate Body. Van Bael & Bellis associates Victor Crochet, Marcus Gustafsson, Tetyana Paysosva and Joanna Redelback assisted in the drafting of the chapter. Please click on the PDF below to access the full chapter.

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