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 assisted clients with respect to intellectual property rights granted by international agreements.
Drawing on almost 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 measures; customs valuation; import and export licensing and quotas; intellectual property rights; national and most-favored nation treatment; sanitary measures; subsidies; technical regulations and standards; and the transparency and administration of trade measures. He has 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 complements his dispute settlement work with policy-related advice to clients in the context of the Doha Development Round of trade negotiations. He has counselled WTO members and commercial stakeholders on policy issues in relation to agricultural and industrial subsidies, anti-dumping and countervailing measures, dispute settlement rules, and services.
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 received his LLM from Harvard Law School and his LLB (with first-class honors) from the University of Edinburgh.
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