CHRISTIAN LAU counsels governments, businesses and trade associations on all aspects of international trade law, with a particular focus on WTO and EU law issues. His practice focuses on counseling clients on all stages of WTO dispute settlement, from developing a case, to litigating it through the panel and appeal phase, to securing effective implementation.
He has counseled and represented WTO member governments in disputes before WTO panels and the Appellate Body, both in original and in compliance proceedings, as well as before WTO arbitrators determining the amount and form of retaliation rights where compliance is lacking. His experience includes managing significant aspects of several of the largest and most complex disputes that the WTO has decided thus far. Christian also assists clients in identifying and pursuing their interests in the negotiation of new international trade agreements
In substantive terms, Christian’s experience covers prohibited and actionable subsidy disciplines, the GATT, agriculture and intellectual property rights, as well as the disciplines in the SPS and TBT Agreements..
Christian joined the firm as an international trade analyst in 2002, and qualified as a Solicitor in England and Wales in 2012.