Paulette Vander Schueren: Lawyer with Mayer Brown International LLP

Paulette Vander Schueren

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Practice Areas

  • Agribusiness
  • Chemicals
  • International Trade
  • World Trade Organization
  • Japan
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Contact InfoTelephone: +32 2 551 5950
Fax: +32 2 502 5421
EducationUniversitaire Faculteiten Sint-Aloysius (Kandidatuur in de Rechten, pre-J.D., 1976); Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Licentie in de Rechten, J.D., 1979); College of Europe (Certificat des Hautes Etudes Européennes, LL.M., 1980)
Admitted1994, Brussels (Nederlandse Orde van Advocaten te Brussel)

•IBA (International Bar Association) Trade Section
•EU Committee (American Chamber of Commerce)
•Listed on the roster of panelists for the WTO and Energy Charter dispute settlement
•Association of the former students of the College of Europe

LanguagesEnglish; French

One of the best customs and trade lawyers in the world.

Chambers 2012
Paulette Vander Schueren leads the Brussels’ members of the Mayer Brown Government and International Trade group. Her practice focuses on matters related to international trade, the World Trade Organization including dispute settlement, international trade compliance, international trade negotiations, international customs and European Union regulations.

Paulette has been recognized as one of the world's top trade and customs lawyers for many years. Indeed Chambers Global 2012 notes, that “Paulette Vander Schueren is consistently singled out for her depth of experience in this field, and is described by sources as one of the best customs and trade lawyers in the world. The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers - Trade & Customs 2010 named her in the global Top 10; in Chambers Global 2010 she was recognized as a leading individual and ranked in the top tier as a “Star” for International Trade/WTO work and which has qualified her as a “true stalwart”. and the Best of the Best 2010 designated her as one of the world's top 25 pre-eminent International Trade lawyers in the world.

Paulette has extensive experience in advising Governments and private companies on compliance with WTO provisions in particular as regards goods. She advises on a variety of market access issues involving Articles I to III of GATT 1994, the Agreement on Agriculture, the Sanitary and Phytosanitary Agreement, the Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement, the Agreement on Origin Rules, the Agreement on Customs Valuation, the Agreement on Trade Related Investment Measures or GATS, the WTO provisions on antidumping or on subsidies and countervailing action. This advice has covered a variety of sectors of industry. Paulette has direct and first-hand experience with WTO dispute settlement involving the writing of requests for consultations and for the establishment panels, panel submissions and oral statements as well as participation in consultations and hearings before panels. Upon a proposal by Belgium as endorsed by the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body, Paulette has been named to the Roster of WTO Non-Governmental Panelists eligible for Panel service since many years.

She represents and advises clients in trade remedy cases before the EU institutions and outside the EU, including on anti-dumping, subsidies, safeguard and, in the EU, on Trade Barrier Regulation matters. She advises foreign governments on the implementation and interpretation of trade remedy laws and also advises private and governmental clients on international and bilateral agreements concluded by the EU.

Paulette represents clients on tariff classification, including before EU and EU Member State authorities as well as the World Customs Organization (the WCO) and authorities outside the EU. She represents clients on customs valuation matters involving EU and WTO/WCO provisions before EU, EU Member State and third country authorities. She advises on economic tariff regimes such as inward processing and processing under customs control or duty suspensions and tariff quotas. She counsels clients on EU and international origin rules as well as origin labelling and on the EU's General System of Preferences.

Paulette represents and advises private companies in relation to the interpretation of EU and international provisions on export controls and economic sanctions and on the implementation of these provisions by EU Member States, both as regards ad hoc issues and the drafting of compliance documents. She also advises on the implications of the EU’s anti-boycott provisions. In these matters, Paulette and her colleagues in Brussels work closely together with their colleagues in the US who are experts in these matters.

Paulette’s EU Regulatory experience includes EU's harmonization legislation and its implementation in the EU Member States, including technical regulations and standards, safety regulations and provisions affecting the marketing of goods (for example, sales promotion guarantees), as well as excise, VAT and environmental provisions. With the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty in the EU, Paulette has also counselled clients on EU institutional matters and the balance of powers.

Paulette has been involved in numerous international trade disputes and appeared before the European Commission as well as the European Courts.

Prior to joining Mayer Brown in 2005, Paulette was co-head of the International Trade team at another prominent law firm where she practised in the same field since 1981.


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US Loses WTO Battle Over Country-of-Origin Labeling Requirements for Meat Products
Duane W. Layton,Kelsey M. Rule,Paulette Vander Schueren, October 28, 2014
A World Trade Organization (“WTO”) panel has ruled that the United States’ amended country-of-origin labeling (“COOL”) requirements for beef and pork products not only fell short of bringing it into compliance with prior rulings but, in fact, worsened the United...

WTO Panel Rules Against Argentina Regarding Certain Measures Affecting the Importation of Goods
Duane W. Layton,Jeffery C. Lowe,Paulette Vander Schueren, September 12, 2014
On August 22, 2014, a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement panel circulated its decision in Argentina - Measures Affecting the Importation of Goods (WT/DS438/R, WT/DS444/R, WT/DS445/R). The United States, the European Union and Japan (the complainants) challenged two separate, broadly...

WTO Appellate Body Upholds Panel in China - Rare Earths Dispute
Duane W. Layton,Nikolay Mizulin,Paulette Vander Schueren, August 19, 2014
The Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization (WTO) has affirmed a WTO dispute settlement panel’s March 2014 finding that China’s export restraints on rare earths, tungsten, and molybdenum are inconsistent with China’s WTO obligations. The August 7, 2014, decision in China -...

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