Tracey Epps

Tracey Epps

Trade Law Consultant, Wellington

International trade & investment

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T:+64 4 498 6371

M:+64 21 228 4459


BA/LLB(Hons), University of Auckland; LLM, SJD, University of Toronto


1996, New Zealand

Tracey specialises in international trade law. 

Tracey is available to assist the private sector and all levels of government with any aspect of international trade law, including customs matters, WTO rules, free trade agreements, trade remedies and export controls and sanctions.

In particular, she can advise the private sector on:

• benefits available under international trade agreements, such as preferential tariff rates for imported goods

• rules governing exports, including prohibited and restricted exports;

• regulatory requirements in export markets, from those concerning commodities to food products, from financial services to education services, and from cross-border e commerce to farming technologies

• non-tariff measures that impede access to export markets, and

• regulatory requirements affecting New Zealand investors operating overseas

She can help national and regional levels of government to:

• assess the compliance of proposed policies, laws and regulations with international trade rules

• assess the WTO and FTA compliance of our trading partners, and

• manage international disputes.

Relevant experience

Tracey has over 16 years' experience as an academic, advisor and negotiator; including seven years as a senior advisor in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFAT) Trade Law Unit. Since early 2011, she was the Lead Legal Counsel for New Zealand's negotiating team in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. In this role, she provided advice on all aspects of the Agreement and also acted as Chair of the Legal and Institutional Working Group. In addition to her work on TPP, Tracey worked on all aspects of trade and investment law, including trade in goods and services, international disputes (the Australian apples dispute and various World Trade Organisation disputes in which New Zealand has been a third party) and most recently, the legal implications of Brexit for New Zealand's exporters.

Tracey has authored and edited a number of books and articles in the field, including, including International Trade and Health Protection: A Critical Assessment of the WTO's Agreement on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (Edward Elgar Press, 2008); Research Handbook on the WTO and Technical Barriers to Trade (Edward Elgar Press, 2013 – co-edited with Michael Trebilcock) and Reconciling Trade and Climate Change: How the WTO can help address climate change (co-authored with Andrew Green, Edward Elgar Press, 2010).

Tracey teaches International Trade Regulation and International Investment Law on a part-time basis in the Faculty of Law at the University of Otago. 

International arbitration; Litigation & dispute resolution; International trade & investment