Mats Cuvelier focuses on international trade law, including WTO dispute settlement.
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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    • 25/11/2020
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    EU publishes proposed amendments to the Dual-use Regulation

    On 10 November 2020, the European Council and the European Parliament agreed on the text of a long-awaited amendment to Regulation 428/2009 setting up an EU regime for the control of exports, transfer, brokering and transit of dual-use items (“Dual-use Regulation”). The proposal widens the scope of the EU dual-use control regime to cover cyber-surveillance technology and the supply of technical services related to dual-use items. Changes also include new conditions to obtain an export authorisation and the introduction of national control lists. This Client Alert sets out the proposal’s key points.

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    • 20/10/2020
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    EU Dual-use Regime

    Dual-use items are goods, software and technology that can have both civilian and military applications. The European Union controls the export, brokering and transit of dual-use items to third countries, as well as intra-EU movements of highly sensitive dual-use items. The dual-use regime aims to prevent the proliferation of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons, as well as circumvention of conventional arms controls and is guided by multilateral initiatives on export control, such as the Australia Group, the Wassenaar Arrangement, the Nuclear Suppliers Group and the Missile Technology Control Regime. This VBB Insight sets out the key obligations under the dual-use framework and outlines the anticipated reform of the EU dual-use regime. Please click below to read our memorandum on the EU dual-use regime.

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