Dr. Christian Pitschas, LL.M. 

Attorney-at-Law

Rue de l'Arquebuse 10
CH-1204 Genève
Switzerland

 

Phone: +41-22-807 17 49

Mobile: +41-79-126 33 61
E-mail: christian@pitschas.ch  

 

References

WTO/Trade-matters include:

  • advising a number of South-East Asian countries on domestic regulation of services trade and the WTO negotiations in this area (2017)
  • advising a number of West-African countries on the state of play in the DDA negotiations, in particular as regards the services negotiations (2017)
  • providing a legal study to the federation of German consumer organizations on consumer protection provisions in recent FTAs concluded by the EU and the USA (2016)
  • acting as legal counsel to the CEFTA Secretariat on trade-related matters, including a new protocol on trade in services (2016);
  • advising a national association of biofuels producers on the compatibility of revised EU rules on sustainability criteria for biofuels with WTO rules, in particular the TBT Agreement and GATT 1994 (2016);
  • advising a Central European country on its WTO accession negotiations (2015);
  • advising a South-East Asian country on the LDC services waiver (2015);
  • advising a South-East Asian country on the compatibility of certain import procedures with the ASEAN Trade in Goods Agreement (ATIGA) (2015);
  • advising certain WTO members from Eastern Europe and Central Asia on the key elements of the revised GPA and the accession process to this Agreement  (2014);
  • advising a South American producers' association on the compatibility of a legislative proposal regarding an internal tax on alcoholic beverages with pertinent WTO rules, in particular Art. III:2 of the GATT 1994 (2014); 
  • legal opinion for a European producers' association on the compatibility of EU rules concerning the marketing and sale of tobacco products with the TBT-Agreement and TRIPS, respectively (2014);
  • legal study for a national public institution regarding the compatibility of national rules on sustainability in government procurement with relevant EU and WTO rules (2013);
  • legal study for a national public institution regarding principles of international trade/WTO law for the domestic regulation of services trade (2013);
  • work for an international non-governmental organization on WTO rules on customs valuation (2012);
  • work for an international non-governmental organization on the WTO Seals case (2012);
  • work for the German government on WTO and EU subsidy rules in respect of carbon leakage measures in support of energy-intensive industries (2010);
  • work for the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation on the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) (2008);
  • work for the Universal Postal Union (UPU) on trade in postal services and rules of public int'l law on international governmental organizations (2007).

EU-matters include:

  • advising an Asian company on EU customs and VAT rules (2017)
  • advising a European company on EU rules under the single CMO-Regulation for agricultural products regarding producer & interbranch organisations (2016)
  • representing a European company in a preliminary reference procedure with respect to the legality of production levies before the Court of Justice of the EU (case C-96/15); 
  • providing a legal opinion to a European company on the compatibility with primary Union law of certain rules under the EU's new single CMO-Regulation for agricultural products  (2014);
  • representing a European association of foodstuff producers as intervener in annulment proceedings before the General Court of the EU regarding certain regulatory measures adopted by the European Commission (cases T-279/11 and T-103/12);
  • representing a German company in annulment proceedings before the General Court and the Court of Justice of the EU (case T-671/11, case C-336/13 P).