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

E:tracey.epps@chapmantripp.com

Qualifications

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

Admitted

1996, New Zealand

With over 20 years of relevant experience, Tracey is an international trade and investment law specialist and also works on broader matters of public international law. Prior to joining Chapman Tripp, she was a senior legal advisor at the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Her role included being lead legal counsel for New Zealand's negotiating team in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. This government experience gives her a combined understanding of both the legal and political aspects of trade that is of significant value to clients in today’s turbulent global environment.

Tracey assists private sector and government clients inside and outside New Zealand. She works on a broad range of issues, including helping clients obtain benefits from World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules and free trade agreements (FTAs); advising on compliance with those rules; and on issues associated with import and export formalities and requirements, customs matters, trade remedies, export controls and sanctions.

In 2019, Tracey was appointed as a panel member in the Article 22.6 arbitration in the long-running WTO dispute between the European Union and the United States over subsidisation of the large civil aircraft industry (United States – Large Civil Aircraft).

In addition to her practice, Tracey teaches International Trade Regulation and International Investment Law at the University of Otago, and has published extensively in the field.

Recent highlights

  • Advised government on the compliance of various policies, laws and regulations with international trade rules.
  • Worked with a number of Pacific Island governments to assist them to ratify and implement PACER Plus.
  • Advised businesses on the implications of United Nations and United States sanctions programmes, including in relation to Iran, North Korea, South Sudan and Venezuela.
  • Advised domestic and overseas clients on various New Zealand regulatory settings.
  • Acted successfully on a Customs Appeal Authority to overturn a ruling denying preferential tariffs under the New Zealand Korea FTA and assisted with an application for a Customs tariff concession under section 8 of the Tariff Act.
  • Provided training to overseas government officials on trade and investment law.

Affiliations

Chair, International Trade Committee, International Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)

Corporate & commercial; International trade & investment; Public law; Regulatory law

Services

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China Desk; Government

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