Linklaters Workshop Series – Session 2: EU trade policy and its objectives


The second session will explore the framework for EU policy-making including the role of the different EU institutions and the special rules for negotiating treaties on investment, social and audiovisual services and transport services. The session will also dicsuss at the EU trade policy objectives including offensive and defensive interests as well as new priorities and looking at the EU trade policy in a broader perspective.

Meet the Panel

Dr Lorand Bartels, Senior Trade Councel. Linklaters

Dr Lorand Bartels is a Reader in International Law in the Faculty of Law and a Fellow of Trinity Hall at the University of Cambridge, where he teaches WTO law, public international law and EU law. He is a recognised authority in trade law and in 2016-17 was appointed Specialist Advisor to the UK House of Commons International Trade Committee. He is on the editorial boards of the main academic journals in this field, and is a General Editor of the Cambridge International Trade and Economic Law monographs series.

In addition to his academic work, Lorand has extensive practical experience advising on trade law and public international law.


Bogdan Evtimov, Trade Law Counsel, Linklaters

Bogdan brings a wealth of experience in EU and international trade law and policy. His expertise spans multiple industries including the steel sector and non-ferrous metals, energy and agrochemical industries, as well as major e-commerce retailers, amongst others.

Bogdan has taken part in multiple trade remedies (anti-dumping, countervailing duty and safeguard) investigations, reviews, and anti-circumvention cases and is also a respected litigator in the EU Courts, having handled more than a dozen legal challenges against EU trade remedies, as well as judgement appeals. In doing so, he has secured several important wins for his clients in the Commission and in the EU Courts.

Bogdan has also been a key lawyer in several WTO dispute settlement cases, in addition to his involvement as external advisor in one of the most complex and long-lasting WTO accession negotiations. Bogdan is also experienced in customs policy, such as tariff suspensions, tariff preferences, rules of origin, customs classification, as well as customs authorities’ prior approvals for processing. He is reputed for his ability to grasp the interface of trade law with other areas of economic law and policy, including antitrust, State aid, and foreign direct investment. Bogdan’s skills and dedicated client service have earned him wide market recognition.




 Tuesday 8th September


2:30 pm – 4:00 pm BST