Isabelle Van Damme

Isabelle Van Damme

Visiting Professor and Distinguished Fellow
Notre Dame London Law Programme

Home Affiliation: Partner, Van Bael & Bellis

Isabelle Van Damme, a partner at Van Bael & Bellis, specialises in international trade law (WTO and preferential trade agreements) and EU law. Her practice also covers all aspects of public international law. She represents governments and individuals before various international courts and tribunals.

Van Damme advises clients on WTO procedural and substantive law and represents governments in WTO dispute settlement proceedings.

She has represented WTO Members before WTO panels and the Appellate Body in dispute settlement proceedings involving, inter alia, export quotas and duties, accession protocols, export licensing, technical barriers to trade, transit restrictions, administration and review of trade measures, general exceptions and the security exception, minimum export pricing, discriminatory taxation and customs valuation.

She advises governments and corporations on all aspects of the negotiation and implementation of preferential trade agreements and investment agreements. Her work on dispute settlement under preferential trade agreements includes designing a system of judicial remedies and advising a government in one of the first disputes arising under an EU preferential trade agreement.

Van Damme has lectured on WTO Jurisprudence and Legal Advocacy at the Academy of International Economic Law and Policy (Greece). She has also taught WTO law at the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom) and the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) (Belgium). At the end of 2020, she was elected Executive Vice-President of the Society of International Economic Law.