Naboth van den Broek

Naboth van den Broek is co-chair of the firm's International Group, and a member of the Government & Regulatory Affairs Department. He advises companies and governments on issues at the intersection of international law, policy, government, and strategy and is widely recognized as one of the leading 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," "profound and vast understanding of international law," as well as his handling of "trade disputes, including WTO cases."

Throughout his years of practice, Mr. van den Broek has assisted companies and governments with some of the most complex and high-stakes legal, strategic, and policy issues they face, including in particular those that have substantial cross-border or international aspects. He is known for his experience in complex trade and other treaty-based international dispute settlement and arbitration matters—including at the World Trade Organization (WTO), in the EU, and in the United States—on global trade and investment policy issues, and in international and cross-border negotiations. He also works with clients on complex international or cross-border crisis management and strategic response issues, in global trade compliance matters, and he has assisted companies with respect to a range of government-facing issues involved in major corporate transactions and deals. Unique among private practitioners, Mr. van den Broek has represented clients in well over 50 WTO disputes, as well as a range of other treaty-based and commercial disputes and arbitrations. He also regularly counsels clients on other complex and high-stakes international government-facing and/or treaty-related issues. 


  • Acted as counsel to governments and corporations in over 50 WTO disputes spanning the full range of WTO treaty 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.
  • Lead counsel to major G8 and G20 governments in precedent-setting WTO disputes including Argentina-Import Measures, China-Raw Materials, China – Technology Transfer, US – OCTG+, Brazil – Import Restrictions, China-Publications and Audiovisual Products, China-IPR, and China-Auto Parts
  • Counsel to the Boeing Company in US- and EC-Aircraft—the largest WTO disputes to date—and to the US Information Technology Industry in the EC – ICT Products case. 
  • Part of the teams representing claimants in several investor-state and other non-WTO treaty-based disputes as well as major commercial arbitrations and international litigation matters. 
  • Advised clients in the context of virtually all major recent trade and investment 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. 
  • Advised numerous key stakeholders and parties in the global climate negotiations leading up to the Paris Climate Agreement. 
  • Advised a major agricultural technology company on international and government-facing issues involved in a major cross-border acquisition (lead on all non-US government-facing issues). 
  • Advised clients on merger and investment-related government and regulatory approval issues in Europe, China, the United States, and elsewhere, including national security-based investment approvals. 
  • Advised companies on complex cross-border internal investigations, including in the context of international trade and sanctions/export control issues, EU and global competition law, anti-corruption and security investigations, etc. 
  • Helped develop, implement, and/or support broad cross-border legislative, government affairs, market access, and investment strategies for a range of companies and business associations, including in the financial services, energy, technology sectors, and life sciences sectors.  
  • Advised several major non-US companies on compliance-related governance issues and in board-level discussions about compliance and investigations-related challenges.
  • Advised the boards and executive management teams of a range of global companies on key strategic, compliance, legal, and government affairs issues. 
  • Advised companies and governments on sanctions and export-related issues, as well as (related) trade, investment, and transactional/M&A approval processes. 
  • Advised a range of companies—from start-ups to major multinationals—on market access, trade, and investment issues in the United States, Europe, Asia, and elsewhere. 
  • Counsel to an East African government in its negotiations for the country’s Accession to the WTO. 

Professional Activities

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. 



  • Recognized as a leader in international trade in the 2019 and 2020 editions of Chambers Global, as well as the 2017–2019 and 2021 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 2017–2021 editions of Best Lawyers in America
  • Noted by Legal 500 for international trade (20132018) 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 (20002001)
  • Fulbright Scholar (20002001)

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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)