Geneva is the headquarters of the World Trade Organization (WTO), through which the rules of the multilateral trading system are negotiated and enforced. Our Geneva office works on WTO and other international trade issues. It also practises in other areas of public international law, including international environmental law and international human rights issues.
The Geneva team provides advice to companies and sovereign governments on the full range of WTO disciplines, including anti-dumping, subsidies and countervailing measures, safeguards, investment, technical barriers to trade, customs, agriculture and intellectual property.
We have extensive experience in WTO dispute settlement. Our lawyers present both written and oral arguments to WTO Panels and the Appellate Body, and participate in every stage of the WTO dispute settlement process. They also provide advisory services on matters such as the WTO-consistency of national measures.
Our Geneva office also advises multinational corporations and sovereign governments on commitments under the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), on the legal and practical implications of the WTO accession process, and on negotiations for Free Trade Agreements (FTAs). It assists companies in identifying and resolving potential WTO-related problems with specific transactions, and in using WTO rules to obtain fair treatment or increase access to global markets. The Geneva office has particular experience on WTO energy trade issues.
The location of the Geneva office enables us to closely monitor the work of the WTO as well as other multilateral organisations.
For more information on our international trade practice, please click here.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
"'An excellent example of a global network. They're really global, really integrated and the quality of their people is consistently high.'"
"This firm is highlighted for its exceptional international footprint, offering local coverage in Brussels, Geneva, Tokyo, Beijing and Washington, DC."
Chambers Global: International Trade/WTO 2013
"What the team is known for: Established and wide-ranging practice covering topics including trade remedies and customs investigations. Represents… complainants, as well as leveraging it international network to advise foreign companies on their EU-based legal queries."
"An excellent amount of talent – very clever and flexible."
Chambers Europe 2013
"One of the most prestigious law firms in Geneva."
Chambers Europe 2012