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Iain Sandford

Iain Sandford
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Iain Sandford helps government and corporate clients address the challenges of trading goods and services across national boundaries. In pursuing clients’ objectives, Iain applies a unique blend of experience in using the important and enforceable international law levers available through the WTO and other international law trade regimes.

Mr Sandford has litigated numerous cases for parties and third parties before WTO panels and the Appellate Body, both as a government lawyer and in private practice. Mr Sandford draws on experience gained in commercial dispute resolution, particularly from his experience in mediation and other alternative forms of settlement for commercial disputes. His experience spans virtually all phases of the WTO dispute settlement process. 

Mr Sandford served as a WTO dispute settlement panellist in United States – Anti-Dumping Measures on Certain Shrimp from Viet Nam.

In addition to dispute resolution work, Mr Sandford assists stakeholders with the pursuit of their objectives in international negotiations, drawing on his familiarity with existing agreements, enforcement procedures and negotiating frameworks. Mr Sandford has assisted both commercial and government stakeholders with activity relating free-trade negotiations and investment treaty issues, particularly in relation to strategy, negotiation and legal drafting, as well as understanding the implications of proposed and existing rules.

Before joining Sidley, Mr Sandford led the international trade practice of a large Australian law firm where he worked, in particular, with corporate and trade association clients on trade compliance matters, notably in the areas of sanctions, anti-corruption and export control. He successfully represented clients in safeguard, anti-dumping and countervailing duty proceedings in Australia. In previous roles, Mr Sandford served as a legal officer in the WTO Appellate Body Secretariat and was a lawyer for the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, where he was involved in negotiation and domestic implementation of international agreements, as well as a number of New Zealand’s early WTO dispute settlement cases.

Mr Sandford received his LLM from the University of Ottawa in 2002 and his LLB and BA from Victoria University of Wellington in 1996. He is admitted to the Bar in New Zealand, the High Court of Australia and the ACT Supreme Court.

WWL says: “I am deeply impressed by his capacity and professional competence. He is very knowledgeable.”

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