Jasper M. Wauters is a partner in King & Spalding’s International Trade Practice Group in Geneva, Switzerland. Mr. Wauters advises private and sovereign clients on all aspects of international trade and investment law, with a particular emphasis on WTO dispute settlement proceedings as well as subsidies and trade remedies rules. He regularly advises clients on the application of provisions in free trade agreements and has actively been involved in the negotiation and drafting of free trade agreements on behalf of sovereign clients. Mr. Wauters is an experienced litigator, frequently representing sovereign and private clients in WTO dispute settlement proceedings. His substantial experience in WTO dispute settlement cases includes the drafting of written submissions and the presentation of oral arguments before WTO Panels, the WTO Appellate Body and in WTO arbitration proceedings, as well as providing strategic advice on implementation of WTO rulings. He builds on almost twenty years of professional experience in international dispute settlement, both in private practice with an international law firm in Geneva and as a member of the WTO Secretariat’s Rules Division, in which capacity he served as a Legal Affairs Officer advising WTO dispute settlement panels on the resolution of legal claims in over a dozen of WTO trade disputes.
Before joining the WTO, Mr. Wauters practiced as a lawyer in a major Brussels-based law firm, where he advised clients conducting business in the European Union on matters relating to international trade law, European competition law, and intellectual property law. He started his legal career as a legal officer at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague advising the Trial Chamber on matters of public international law.