Pablo M. Bentes
Pablo Bentes is a managing director in Steptoe’s Washington office. Mr. Bentes helps clients navigate the complexities of international trade policy and international regulatory compliance issues as well as resolve international trade and investment disputes.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Bentes served for six years as a legal officer at the Appellate Body Secretariat of the WTO in Geneva. In this capacity, he provided legal advice on a variety of complex legal issues arising in disputes involving agricultural and industrial market access, trade remedies, subsidies, services, intellectual property, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, technical barriers, among others. Mr. Bentes was involved in a number of significant and high-profile cases including the Airbus case, the zeroing cases, the beef hormones and clove cigarettes disputes, and the retread tires case involving Brazil, among others. Mr. Bentes also periodically provided training on WTO dispute settlement and more generally on other WTO Agreements to governmental officials. Prior to his service at the WTO, Mr. Bentes practiced law at a major Brazilian law firm, where he was head of the international trade practice, and a major law firm in the United States.
Mr. Bentes is currently a visiting professor at the University of Miami School of Law and is pursuing a Ph.D. in international law and economics from the Institut de Hautes Études Internationales et du Développement in Geneva. He is a co- founder and member of the ABCI Institute, an international think tank in Washington, DC and is a frequent writer and speaker on international trade issues.