Stéphanie Noël is a French-qualified lawyer, member of the Paris bar and registered with the Geneva bar (EU/EFTA lawyers), specializing in international trade law. With fifteen years in the legal profession, Stephanie has worked in multiple environments, from companies to international law firms and international trade administrations. She has worked in international teams, in five countries across three continents (in Europe, Australia, and East-Africa). In addition to her strong legal background, Stephanie holds a Master in International Risk Management from HEC Paris, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Finance (Economic Policy) from the University of London. This multidisciplinary profile allows her to go beyond a purely legalistic approach to the law, and provide creative solutions.

Stéphanie Noël is proficient in issues of international trade and WTO law. She has given legal advice to governments in the developed and developing worlds, as well as to private companies on various trade law issues (inter alia issues of compliance with WTO law and EU trade regulations). Her litigation track record includes cases before the WTO dispute settlement body (at the Panel and Appellate Body stages), the Court of Justice of the European Union, and multiple antidumping, countervailing and safeguard procedures initiated by the EU, Turkey, Russia and India for EU and non-EU clients. She has provided advice relating to WTO negotiations, as well as technical assistance regarding the implementation of regional trade agreements. She advises on the consistency of product regulations/technical barriers to trade/internal taxation with international and regional trade agreements.

Stéphanie serves as a member of the editorial board of the Global Trade &  Customs Journal (Wolters Kluwer), and is co-founder of the Trade Policy Exchange.

She has been consistently listed among the world’s leading trade & customs lawyers by Who’s Who Legal (Trade & Customs) since 2018 and Thought Leader in Who’s Who Legal Switzerland 2021 for Trade & Customs (view profile: Who’s Who Legal)


Publications & speaking engagements:

  • Panelist, « How to Deal with Measures Differentiating Between Products Based on the Sustainability of Their Processes & Production Methods », organized by the Veblen Institute for Economic Reforms, WTO Public Forum, Geneva, 28 September 2022;
  • Panelist, « Reinforcing External Trade Rules For a Consistent European Policy Encouraging Sustainable Food », conference co-organized by the Veblen Institute for Economic Reforms,  Interbev and Fondation pour la Nature et l’Homme, labelled by the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Brussels, 10 February 2022;
  • Panelist, “Road to COP26: Should Trade Policy Be Leveraged to Enforce the Paris Climate Accord? », webinar organised by ECIPE, 20 October 2021;
  • Panelist, “The EU’s Green Deal: Good or Bad Deal for Food & Agriculture? », webinar organised by the American Bar Association, International Law Section, 16 July 2021;
  • Panelist, “Fighting Climate Change: the Case for a Renewed Discussion on Processes & Production Methods at the WTO », webinar organised by ICC France, Afep (association of French large companies), 24 June 2021;
  • Panelist, “Can Brexit deliver Silicon Valley upon Avon?”, webinar co-organised by City University London and Reed Smith LLP, 18 November 2020;
  • Panelist, « The impact of Brexit for US companies », ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting, Chicago, 15 September 2017;
  • Co-author (with Weihuan Zhou), « Australia WTO paper dispute: impact on new EU antidumping methodology », Borderlex, 7 September 2017;
  • Speaker, « Brexit & trade negotiations », breakfast seminar, Pinsent Masons, London, 23 March 2017;
  • Quoted, « China recrudece la guerra comercial con Estados Unidos y Europa », El Pais, 19 December 2016;
  • Quoted, « Trade defence overhaul faces rough ride in Parliament amidst WTO pressure from China, » Borderlex, 13 December 2016;
  • Co-author (with Weihuan Zhou), « Replacing the Non-Market Economy Methodology: Is the European Union’s Alternative Approach Justified Under the World Trade Organization Anti-Dumping Agreement? » (2016) 11 Global Trade and Customs Journal, Wolters Kluwer, Issue 11/12, pp. 559–567;
  • Panelist, « The Debate Over the Expiring WTO Protocol Provisions for Non-Market Economy Treatment for Products from China & Vietnam« , American Bar Association, section of international law 2016 fall meeting, Tokyo, 20 October 2016;
  • Keynote speaker, « The question of China’s market economy status », the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China, Beijing, 18 October 2016;
  • Author, « China MES: EU moves to develop new antidumping methodology could fall afoul of WTO rules », Bordelex, 11 October 2016;
  • Author, « Why the European Union must dump so-called « non-market economy » methodologies and adjustments in its anti-dumping investigations, » Global Trade and Customs Journal, Wolters Kluwer, Volume 11/ issue 7-8;
  • Speaker, « Expanding Trade Opportunities for Francophone African States Through Trade Facilitation (in light of the Bali Agreement) », WTO Public Forum, World Trade Organization, 3 October 2014.

Areas of expertise:

  • WTO law
  • International dispute settlement
  • Trade in services (including digital trade)
  • Trade in goods and market access
  • Trade defense proceedings (anti-dumping, anti-subsidy and safeguard proceedings)
  • Technical barriers to trade
  • Sustainable trade
  • Regional integration
  • Technical assistance & capacity building

Bar admission: Paris (2007)

  • LLM International Trade Law, Bond University, Queensland, Australia
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Finance (Economic Policy), SOAS, University of London
  • Master in International Risk Management, HEC (Business School), Paris, France
  • Master in Exportation Law, University of Paris V – René Descartes, Paris, France
  • Bachelor in International and European Law, University of Paris V – René Descartes, Paris, France
  • French
  • English