IAIN SANDFORD helps government and corporate clients address the challenges of trading goods and services across national boundaries. In pursuing clients’ objectives, Iain applies a unique blend of experience in using the important and enforceable international law levers available through the WTO and other international law trade regimes.
Iain has litigated numerous cases for parties and third parties before WTO panels and the Appellate Body, both as a government lawyer and in private practice. His experience spans virtually all phases of the dispute settlement process from strategy formulation to appearances in consultations, panel and appeal hearings, through to work during the compliance and implementation phases. He has served as a WTO dispute settlement panelist. In international trade dispute settlement, Iain draws on experience gained in commercial dispute resolution, particularly from his experience in mediation and other alternative forms of settlement for commercial disputes. Iain’s most recent international dispute resolution work has touched on trade remedies, trade discrimination, animal welfare, fisheries management and conservation of scarce mineral resources.
In addition to dispute resolution work, Iain assists stakeholders with the pursuit of their objectives in international negotiations, drawing on his familiarity with existing agreements, enforcement procedures and negotiating frameworks. Iain has assisted both commercial and government stakeholders with activity relating free-trade negotiations and investment treaty issues, particularly in relation to strategy, negotiation and legal drafting, as well as understanding proposed and existing rules.
Before joining Sidley, Iain led the international trade practice of a large Australian law firm where he worked, in particular, with corporate and trade association clients on trade compliance matters, notably in the areas of sanctions, anti-corruption and export control. He successfully represented clients in safeguard, anti-dumping and countervailing duty proceedings in Australia. In previous roles, Iain served as a legal officer in the WTO Appellate Body Secretariat and was a lawyer for the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, where he was involved in negotiation and domestic implementation of international agreements, as well as a number of New Zealand’s early WTO dispute settlement cases.