In 2000, after six years with the firm's international trade and arbitration group in Washington, DC, Mr Friedbacher opened the Geneva office. From Geneva, Mr Friedbacher has represented governments and commercial stakeholders as an adviser and member of delegation in proceedings before WTO panels, arbitrators and the Appellate Body, in all phases of WTO dispute settlement. He has represented clients in more than 30 WTO disputes, involving 50 distinct proceedings covering WTO rules on trade in goods, trade in services, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, intellectual property, government procurement, agriculture, customs valuation, anti-dumping and subsidies.
Mr Friedbacher also assists governments and commercial stakeholders in identifying and addressing strategic goals in the WTO's Doha Round of multilateral trade negotiations taking place in Geneva, and provides advice and support to stakeholders in WTO accession negotiations. In addition to WTO negotiations, Mr Friedbacher advises governments and private interests in the negotiation of bilateral and regional trade agreements.
Mr Friedbacher received his LLM from the Katholieke Universiteit-Leuven in 1995, his JD from Harvard Law School in 1994, and his BA from the University of Wisconsin in 1990. His admissions include the US Court of International Trade, the US Court of Appeals and the District of Columbia.
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