Mats Cuvelier focuses on international trade law, including WTO dispute settlement, and customs law.

Mats has a keen interest in the security aspect of international trade law, including export control of military and dual-use goods, sanctions, and foreign direct investment screening. He has assisted with several matters in these areas, involving both EU and national legislation.

Prior to joining Van Bael & Bellis, Mats gained experience as an intern at the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organisation in Geneva.  


Dutch, English, French 


  • New York University School of Law, LL.M. in international legal studies, 2019
  • University of Ghent, LL.M., magna cum laude, 2018
  • University of Ghent, Bachelor of Law, cum laude, 2016


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    • 09/12/2021
    • Articles

    The Commission Publishes Regulation to Counter Economic Coercion

    On 8 December 2020, the European Commission (“Commission”) published its proposal for a Regulation on the protection of the EU and its Member States from economic coercion by third countries (“proposed Anti-coercion Regulation”).[1] The proposal aims to deter third countries from pressuring the EU or a Member State through trade or investment-related measures by empowering the Commission to strike back with a wide range of countermeasures. This Client Alert provides a first glance at the proposal and offers some initial comments.

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    • 20/09/2021
    • Articles

    The EU Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism in Seven Questions for MENA Industries

    On 14 July 2021, the European Commission published a proposal for a regulation establishing a carbon border adjustment mechanism (“CBAM”). The proposed regulation is part of the European Union’s (“EU”) initiatives to address climate change, in line with the objectives of the Paris Agreement.

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    • 14/07/2021
    • News

    Gabriele Coppo, Mats Cuvelier and Elyse Kneller participate in seminar on export control compliance

    On the first of July, Gabriele Coppo, Mats Cuvelier and Elyse Kneller spoke at a seminar, co-hosted by Van Bael & Bellis, on key compliance risks for companies exporting military goods and dual-use items, including intangible technology transfers. Their presentation also covered international and European regulatory initiatives related to corporate and social responsibility duties affecting trade. The seminar was part of a meeting of the Belgian Security and Defence Industries (“BSDI”), the national trade association bringing together companies in the defence, aerospace, (cyber-) security sectors. The seminar was the first in-person event BSDI had organized in more than a year, providing the VBB team with an eager and engaged audience.

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