SOURCE: King & Spalding

September 11, 2007 10:43 ET

Professor Joost Pauwelyn, Noted Scholar on World Trade Organization, Joins King & Spalding's International Trade Practice

WASHINGTON, DC, LONDON and GENEVA--(Marketwire - September 11, 2007) - King & Spalding, a leading international law firm, announced today that Professor Joost Pauwelyn has joined its international trade practice as senior advisor. Pauwelyn is a world-renowned expert on international economic law, particularly the law of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and international investment law.

"Professor Pauwelyn is recognized around the world as a leading academic and practitioner in the WTO area," said Stephen Orava, a partner in King & Spalding's Washington, D.C. and London offices and co-leader of the firm's WTO practice. "The depth and breadth of his knowledge and experience enable him to develop real-world solutions to complex trade matters as well as creative and effective approaches to bringing and defending WTO disputes."

Pauwelyn was formerly an official with the WTO's Legal Affairs Division and with the WTO Appellate Body Secretariat. Upon joining academia, he continued to advise governments and private entities as a consultant on WTO dispute settlement proceedings, trade negotiations and other trade and investment matters. His academic research and consultancy experience have focused on diverse areas, including market access for goods and services, subsidies, environment, health and safety, trade in energy and human rights.

"Professor Pauwelyn is a valuable addition to our WTO practice group and expands the scope of our WTO expertise across areas of increasing importance to our clients, such as subsidies, climate change and trade restrictions linked to health and safety measures," said Jorge Miranda, senior international trade advisor with King & Spalding and former WTO official.

Pauwelyn continues his current position as a professor at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. He recently joined the Graduate Institute after serving five years at Duke University School of Law as a tenured professor of law and director of the JD/LLM Program and the Duke/Geneva Institute in Transnational Law. Pauwelyn has also been a visiting professor at Georgetown University Law Center and formerly practiced law in the litigation department of De Bandt, Van Hecke & Lagae in Brussels.

"King & Spalding has strong and successful WTO and international arbitration practices and has a commitment to build upon this success. I am very pleased to have the opportunity to join this talented team," Pauwelyn said.

Pauwelyn received a Ph.D. in law from the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, a Magister Juris from Oxford University, a master's degree in law from Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium), and a bachelor's degree in law from the University of Namur (Belgium). He was also an Erasmus Scholar at the University of London's Queen Mary and Westfield College.

King & Spalding's international trade group is composed of more than 35 lawyers and consultants and advises clients around the world on a wide range of international trade matters, including trade remedies, export controls, sanctions, customs and trade policy and negotiations. The group represents governments and private sector interests in WTO dispute settlement proceedings and in the use of WTO rules and negotiations to address restrictions on market access for goods, services and investments. Its lawyers have participated in more than 15 WTO disputes and appeared directly before WTO dispute settlement panels and the Appellate Body. The group is also well-known for its expertise in representing domestic industries that are being injured by dumped and subsidized imports and recently brought the first U.S. countervailing duty (anti-subsidy) case against China in 15 years. In addition, the group has significant experience defending clients in trade remedy cases around the world, particularly in China, India and Mexico.

King & Spalding's Washington, D.C. office employs more than 150 lawyers and non-lawyer professionals, including government relations specialists, trade consultants and policy advisors. These lawyers and professionals practice in a broad range of areas including antitrust, class-action and mass tort litigation, commercial disputes, corporate finance, corporate governance, environmental, FDA/healthcare, public policy and government advocacy, government investigations, international trade, mergers and acquisitions and tax, among others.

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