Nicolas Lockhart focuses on the development and enforcement of international trade rules, in particular at the World Trade Organization (WTO). His clients include companies, trade associations and governments, and he helps them address market access and other regulatory issues concerning trade in goods and services. He has also assisted clients with respect to intellectual property rights granted by international agreements.
Drawing on 20 years in the field of international dispute settlement, Nic offers clients an in-depth knowledge of WTO practice, procedures and substantive law. He has worked with WTO members as complainants, respondents and third parties in dozens of disputes involving: anti-dumping and countervailing duty measures; customs valuation; import and export licensing and quotas; intellectual property rights; national and most-favoured nation treatment; sanitary measures; subsidies; technical regulations and standards; and the transparency and administration of trade measures. He has also worked on disputes touching on WTO exceptions for public morality, public health, animal welfare, conservation of natural resources, customs enforcement and free trade agreements.
Nic has assisted clients at all stages of WTO dispute settlement, from developing cases to securing effective implementation. In the course of his work, he has presented written and oral argument to panels and the appellate body in both original and compliance proceedings, and to arbitrators under Articles 21.3(c) and 22.6 of the Dispute Settlement Understanding (DSU), and under Articles 4.10 and 7.9 of the Subsidies and Countervailing Measures (SCM) Agreement.
Before joining Sidley, Nic spent five years advising the WTO Appellate Body. During that time, he had the privilege to work with the appellate body on 16 appeals and also assisted the Article 21.3(c) arbitrators with two arbitrations.
Nic also has extensive experience in EU law, gained during nearly four years advising Judge David Edward at the Court of Justice of the EU in Luxembourg, working in a variety of areas, including EU competition and trade law, and the status of WTO rules in EU law.
Nic received his LLM from Harvard Law School and his LLB (with first-class honours) from the University of Edinburgh.
WWL says: “I would not hesitate to recommend his services, which are world-class."
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