Professor Dr. Claus-Dieter Ehlermann is one of the leading authorities on international trade, European competition and EU administrative law. He has represented governments before the WTO dispute settlement body, and he has been retained as advisor to certain governments, industry federations and undertakings involved in WTO disputes. Professor Ehlermann has been engaged to submit an expert opinion in the context of NAFTA litigation. Professor Dr. Ehlermann has also acted as an Arbitrator under Article 21.3(c) of the Dispute Settlement Understanding of the WTO.
With regard to EC law, Professor Dr. Ehlermann represents companies in EC competition law matters, most recently assisting companies in merger control procedures, State aid and international arbitration proceedings. On the regulatory side, Professor Ehlermann has advised major companies in Europe and the United States on the impact of current and pending EU legislation.
Professor Dr. Ehlermann was a member of the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization in Geneva from December 1995 through 2001, serving as chairman during the last year of his mandate.
Prior to his service on the WTO Appellate Body, Professor Dr. Ehlermann held several senior positions with the European Commission. He was Director-General of the Directorate-General for Competition (1990-1995), Spokesman and Special Adviser for Institutional Questions of President Jacques Delors (1987-1990) and Director-General of the Legal Service of the European Commission (1977-1987).
Professor Dr. Ehlermann is considered to be one of the leading academic thinkers on EC law and has published widely. He was chair of EC Law at the European University Institute (Florence).
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