Naboth van den Broek

Naboth van den Broek is co-chair of the firm's International Group and a member of the Regulatory and Government Affairs Department. He is one of the leading international trade, market access, and investment lawyers in the world. Ranked by Chambers, The Legal 500, and Best Lawyers in America, Mr. van den Broek is recommended by competitors and clients for his "insightful advice," "great quality of drafting," "understanding of clients' needs," and "profound and vast understanding of international trade law," as well as his handling of "trade disputes, including WTO cases." Unique among private practitioners, Mr. van den Broek has been involved in more than 50 WTO disputes, as well as in large-scale investment, commercial and other (public) international disputes and arbitrations.

In addition to his dispute settlement practice, Mr. van den Broek has advised companies and governments on a wide range of global trade and investment policy issues. He is also well known for providing strategic and negotiations advice, and for his work on complex trade, antitrust, and compliance advisory and investigations matters, including in the context of large-scale global transactions and M&A, as well as corporate crises and cross-border strategic response matters. He is considered one of the leading experts on the European Union’s emerging foreign direct investment review mechanism (the EU’s equivalent to CFIUS).

Mr. van den Broek is Adjunct Professor of International Trade and Investment Law at Georgetown University Law Center, a Senior Distinguished Fellow at the Institute of International Economic Law (IIEL), and a Member of the IIEL’s Advisory Board. He regularly speaks and publishes on topics relating to global trade and investment, geopolitics and economics, international law, and compliance. He has served as a member of the board or chairman of several not-for-profit organizations in the United States and Europe, and has been a co-founder, advisor to, and/or initial investor in several companies and a private investment fund. 


Mr. van den Broek's WTO dispute settlement experience includes acting as counsel to parties, third parties or the private sector in cases such as Argentina-Import Measures, China-Raw Materials, US- and EC-Aircraft, EC-IT Products, India – ICT products, China – Technology Transfer, Brazil – Import Restrictions, US – OCTG+, China-Publications and Audiovisual Products, China-IPR, China-Auto Parts, EC-Bananas, US-, EC- and Japan-DRAMS, US-Gambling, US-FSC, EC-Sugar and EC-Asbestos. His experience spans the full range of WTO issues, including subsidies, import and export licensing and quotas, energy and natural resources, services, technology, investment and local content issues, technical barriers to trade (TBT), sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures, intellectual property (TRIPS), customs, national-treatment and most favored nation issues, traditional GATT disputes, transparency, agriculture, and government procurement.

Mr. van den Broek has also advised clients under a range of other treaty- and contract-based dispute settlement and arbitration regimes, including with respect to bilateral and regional investment treaty protection; in international commercial arbitration; and with respect to global cartel, export control and sanctions, investment, and other compliance, (internal) investigations, and enforcement issues in the United States, Europe, and elsewhere.

In addition to his dispute settlement practice, Mr. van den Broek advises clients on a broad range of bilateral, regional, and global negotiations around the world. Next to major trade and investment negotiations, he played a key role advising innovative energy and technology companies and others in the negotiations that led up to the Paris Climate Agreement, and provides strategic and legal advice to clients on the use and development of WTO and other bilateral and multilateral trade and investment rules to open markets, resolve disputes and achieve their legislative, regulatory, public policy and commercial objectives.

In terms of trade and investment negotiations, Mr. van den Broek has advised clients in the context of virtually all the major recent negotiations, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations, the USMCA, as well as the EU-Japan, EU and US-Korea, and various other recent EU and US FTA and investment negotiations. His EU, US, and global regulatory and government affairs work covers a broad range of bet-the-company policy issues including highly complex and politically or commercially sensitive corporate transactions, crisis management and strategic response, major legislative and policy-making issues, and global compliance challenges.

Finally, Mr. van den Broek is frequently relied upon by clients to advise them on a wide range of company-defining legal and strategic issues. This includes work in a general counsel role for start-up or other companies, and strategic response work in M&A, crisis, or other company-critical situations. 



  • Recognized as a leader in international trade in the 2019 edition of Chambers Global, as well as the 2017–2019 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Businessand recommended for his “insightful advice," "great quality of drafting," "understanding of clients' needs," "profound and vast understanding of international trade law," and handling of "trade disputes, including WTO cases."
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2017–2020 editions of Best Lawyers in America
  • Noted by Legal 500 for international trade (2013-2018) and recommended as “very good” for his work on WTO disputes and in other international trade law and policy issues
  • Noted by Chambers Global 2016 as a "key contact on matters relating to the EU"
  • Selected as a 2015 Transatlantic Legal Rising Star by The American Lawyer
  • Named a 2014 "Rising Star" in international trade law by Law360
  • Named (twice) to Law360's list of "10 international trade lawyers under 40 to watch"
  • Distinguished Senior Fellow, Institute of International Economic Law, Georgetown University Law Center (since 2013)
  • Fellow, Institute of International Economic Law, Georgetown University Law Center (2000-2001)
  • Fulbright Scholar (2000-2001)

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  • Education

    • LLM, Georgetown University Law Center, 2001

    • JD, Leiden University, 2000

    • Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po)

  • Admissions

    • Amsterdam

    • Brussels (EU List)

    • England and Wales, Registered Foreign Lawyer

    • Washington, DC (Foreign Legal Consultant)

  • Languages

    • Dutch

    • English

    • French

    • German

    • Spanish (Basic)