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Jan Yves Remy PhD.

Deputy Director 1-246-417-4585 janyves.remy@cavehill.uwi.edu

Biography

Dr. Jan Yves Remy joined the SRC as Deputy Director in August 2018. She is an international trade lawyer who, over the course of her fifteen year career, has advised governments and private stakeholders on international trade matters, with a focus on dispute settlement under the auspices of the World Trade Organization (WTO). She has also worked closely with government and private clients to promote and defend their interests in the negotiation of international, regional and bilateral trade agreements and through her varied and rich experience, has built an international network comprising legal and economic practitioners, academics and negotiators from across the globe.

Prior to joining the SRC, Jan Yves worked for five years at the office of Sidley Austin LLP in Geneva, Switzerland, where she was a Senior Trade Associate. Whilst there, she worked closely with other members of the firm’s International Trade and International

Arbitration groups on a range of international trade and dispute resolution matters. Jan Yves’ representations included matters involving sovereign governments engaged in high-profile ongoing disputes at the panel and appellate stages of WTO dispute settlement. Jan Yves also provided negotiating and policy advice on the legal and policy implications of Brexit; on the impact of the Donald Trump Presidency; on matters relating to the loss of corresponding banking relationships by some Caribbean banks; on international financial regulatory matters; on the impact of climate change; on the impact of fisheries subsidies.

Before Sidley Austin LLP, Jan Yves worked for six years as a legal officer with the Appellate Body Secretariat of the WTO in Geneva, where she assisted Members of the Appellate Body in their disposition of appeals of trade matters conducted under the WTO’s dispute settlement mechanism. Jan Yves provided legal counsel to the Appellate Body Members in a number of complicated and high-profile WTO disputes involving a wide range of substantive areas of WTO law. She worked closely with one of the current Appellate Body Members on an arbitration under Article 21.3(c) of the DSU, concerning the reasonable period of time to be accorded a Member to bring its WTO-inconsistent measures into conformity with WTO law. During her tenure at the WTO, Jan Yves also delivered seminars on WTO law and procedure to government trade officials.

In her earlier career, between 2003-2005, Jan Yves also served as a services trade analyst at the Caribbean Negotiating Machinery (now the Office of Trade Negotiations), where she assisted in coordinating the negotiating positions of Caribbean governments and advised and represented them in multilateral, bilateral and regional negotiations. She has continued her interest and involvement in the Caribbean legal and trade spheres, and has completed a doctoral thesis on Caribbean regional integration through the examination of the role of the Caribbean Court of Justice in Caribbean integration. She remains a committed Caribbean integrationist.

Jan Yves keeps abreast of topics and issues relevant to Caribbean governments relating to international law and policy and has been a featured speaker at a number of Caribbean seminars and conferences.

Jan Yves is a frequent contributor to the SRC’s Trading Thoughts column, and the main moderator for the SRC’s monthly Lunch Time Chats.

Education

  • PhD: International Law: The Role of the Caribbean Court of Justice (Original Jurisdiction) in Caribbean Integration” (summa cum laude) – Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva, Switzerland).
  • LL.M in Commercial and International Law (Hons) – University of Cambridge (Cambridge, United Kingdom).
  • LL.B (Hons) – University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus (Barbados).
  • Bar Vocational Course a Inns of Court School of Law (London, United Kingdom).

Research Interests

  • Caribbean Court of Justice
  • E-commerce/Digital Trade
  • Regional Integration
  • WTO Dispute Settlement

Select Publications/Presentations

  • Rapporteur at WTO@20 Conference (Harvard University, April 27-29, 2016) “Financial Regulatory Issues Facing the Caribbean” Presentation to the Bar Association of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) (St. Lucia, September 16, 2016).
  • “International standards: Challenges and Opportunities” Presentation at International Economic Law Interest Group Panel (Georgetown University, September 30, 2016).
  • “Policies and Practices Addressing Issues on Climate Change and Its Impact on Agribusiness & Tourism Initiatives” hosted by the Institute of Caribbean Studies (Capitol Hill, DC, November 17, 2016).
  • “Non-trade Concerns at the WTO” Panelist at WTO@20 (Delhi, India, February 18, 2017).
  • “The impact of Donald Trump’s presidency on U.S.-Caribbean matters of interest, including trade, immigration, and banking” Organized/moderated a Caribbean Panel/ Reception at Sidley with the Women’s Bar Association (Washington, DC, April 26, 2017).
  • “Global Banking Issues Facing the Caribbean—Threats and Unexplored Opportunities” – Facilitator of the panel discussion at STEP Caribbean Conference (Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, May 1, 2017).
  • “DR/Haitian Migration Issues and CARICOM” ( Howard University, May 31, 2017).
  • “Keeping Track of WTO Disputes: Recent Decisions with Important Policy Implications” Panelist at an Association for Women in International Trade (WIIT) event (Washington, DC, June 16, 2017).
  • “Survival After De-Risking” – Facilitator of the panel discussion at STEP Caribbean Conference (Bridgetown, Barbados, May 6, 2018).
  • Forthcoming article on “Rules for State Owned Enterprises” (Chapter 17) on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement:  Balancing Market-Oriented Discipline and Policy for States (co-authored with Iain Sandford) (OUP).
  • Speaker at Regional Data Security Conference, organized by the American Chamber of Commerce and ProTrain, presentation entitled Intersection of International Trade and Data Privacy Regimes, 12 and 13 September (Jamaica)
  • Speaker at OECS 15th Bar Association Conference and Annual General Meeting; presentation entitled Drivers of Change:  Trade Agreements, Technology and the Future of Trading Legal Services Across Borders 21 September (St. Kitts and Nevis)
  • Speaker at 45th Conference and Annual General Meeting of Caribbean Association of Bank on panel on Trade Disruptors, 2 November (Bahamas)
  • Speaker at “BimTech Digital Forum” organized by the Barbados Coalition of Services Industries, 16 November (Barbados)
  • Speaker at Conference by American Society of International Law on panel on The Remedial Function in International Economic Law, 28 March(Washington D.C.)
  • Speaker at Permanent Court of Arbitration, Side Event of Working Group III on panel on Reforming the Investor-State Dispute Settlement System, 3 April (United Nations, New York)
  • Speaker at 21st Commonwealth Law Conference on panel on “International Trade Law” 11 April, (Livingstone, Zambia)
  • Speaker at World Trade Institute Workshop on panel on WTO Appellate Review:  Reform Proposals and Alternatives, 24 May (Geneva)

Additional Info

  • Elected to the Executive Committee of Tradelab
  • Appointed Board Member in the John Jackson WTO Moot Court Competition (Geneva) and service as panellist in Semi Finals of Final Round
  • Appointed as Task Force Member on Commonwealth Secretariat 2019 Study on International Commerce Arbitration
  • Appointed to Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) Legal Committee
  • Appointed as UWI Cave Hill Representative on CARICOM Business, Labour and Civil Society Advisory Council (BLAC) Committee
  • Campus Representative for Duke of Edinburgh International Award
  • Nomination as panellist on WTO Panel in dispute between WTO Members
  • Member of Editorial Board of Journal of International Economic Law (JIEL)
  • 2018 – Editorial Board of Journal of International Economic Law
  • 2015 – 2016 – Member of the Programme Committee for the American Society of International Law.
  • 2013 – present – Member of the Academic Board of the European Law Student Association (WTO Moot Court Competition).
  • 2015:  Member of the Programme Committee of the American Society of International Law.