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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    • 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
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    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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    • 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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