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Van Bael & Bellis has the largest and most expert team of lawyers in Brussels handling EU and WTO trade law, with more than 30 years of experience in the field.

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    • 06/12/2018
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    Andreas Reindl speaks at conference on diversity and inclusion in the legal profession in Brussels

    On 4 December 2018, Van Bael & Bellis senior counsel Andreas Reindl spoke at a conference titled Diversity & Inclusion in the Legal Profession: Exchanging Ideas, Sharing Experiences, and Developing a Strategy for Europe organised by the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession and held in Brussels. Andreas participated in a panel discussion on what law firms in Europe are doing to address diversity and inclusion issues, what particular challenges they face and how they are handling them. Other members of the panel were Harry Small (Baker McKenzie), Etienne Dessy (Linklaters), Vanessa Turner (Allen & Overy) and Kathleen Vercraeye (Past President of the Dutch-speaking Brussels Bar). The panel was moderated by Luisa Menezes (Philip Morris International).

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    • 05/12/2018
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    Quentin Declève participates in African round table on the reform of investment protection

    On 22 November 2018, Van Bael & Bellis associate Quentin participated in a high level event on the reform of investment protection organized by the Belgian Federal Public Service of Foreign Affairs. The morning session brought together key stakeholders in the reform of the existing Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanisms as well as in the plans for a Multilateral Investment Court (MIC). European Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmström, delivered a keynote speech laying out the EU’s plans for a multilateral investment court. This keynote speech was followed by two presentations: one by Meg Kinnear (Secretary-General of the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)) and the other by Anna Joubin-Bret (Secretary of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)). Those presentations were followed by two panel discussions which brought together a broad range of stakeholders, including members of trade unions, the OECD and academia, as well as business and arbitration experts. The afternoon session gathered representatives from several African countries (Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, South Africa and Zimbabwe) and was aimed at further discussing the ongoing reform and the specific expectations of African countries. During that session, Quentin spoke about the pro bono technical assistance offered by Van Bael & Bellis to the Republic of Benin in the context of ISDS reform. Representatives from the European Commission, the government of the Netherlands and UNCITRAL also took part in the discussion.

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    • 03/12/2018
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    Isabelle Van Damme delivers keynote lecture on “International Courts and Tribunals and the Autonomy of the EU Legal Order” at the Annual Meeting of the Netherlands Association for European Law in Amsterdam

    On 30 November 2018, Van Bael & Bellis counsel Isabelle Van Damme spoke on “International Courts and Tribunals and the Autonomy of the EU Legal Order” at the Annual Meeting of the Netherlands Association for European Law in Amsterdam. Isabelle’s keynote lecture focused on the conditions under which the Court of Justice of the European Union accepts that the European Union becomes a party to international agreements providing for a means of dispute settlement, viewed from the perspectives of EU and international law. Further information about the conference is available here.

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  • Commanding international trade practice with a market-leading Brussels team and additional experience in Geneva.

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  • Van Bael & Bellis is highly regarded, particularly for its expertise in anti-dumping matters although the practice also handles a range of customs and WTO matters.

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  • Difficult to find a team that does as well on both the legal and business sides.

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  • Van Bael & Bellis has 'an exceptional amount of experience' and is among the best available in Brussels for trade work.

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