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Professor Holger Hestermeyer advises on international law and EU law and is a leading expert on WTO law and international trade. He taught at King’s College London for almost a decade, first as a reader in international dispute resolution and later as professor of international and EU law as well as founding Co-Director of the law school’s Centre for International Governance and Dispute Resolution. In 2023 he joined the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna as professor of international and EU law. He regularly teaches trade law at the Department for Business and Trade.
Holger has written widely on international law, EU law and trade law. Currently, he is the co-general editor of Brill’s Commentaries on World Trade Law, a standard reference work in the field. He has given evidence to select committees of the House of Lords, the House of Commons as well as the German Bundestag and the Scottish Parliament on questions of trade law, international law and EU law and is frequently asked to comment on current legal events in the media.
He is a former specialist adviser to the House of Lords EU Select Committee and, before, to the External Affairs Sub-Committee He has served as an executive Vice President of the Society of International Economic Law. Before joining UK academia, Professor Hestermeyer was a Référendaire at the CJEU.
Holger has worked in English, German, Spanish, French and Italian. He is available to work alongside other colleagues from chambers.
Professor Hestermeyer is a leading authority on international trade law and public international law. He has worked as specialist adviser to the House of Lords EU Select Committee, advising on the law of treaties and in particular free trade agreements, and as specialist adviser to the House of Lords EU Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee, working on questions of trade law related to Brexit. In the past, he advised an EU Member State on the public international law aspects of a project on nuclear non-proliferation and a company on prompt release of a ship and the liberation of the crew. Currently he advises an International Organization in Latin America on the law of international organizations.
Professor Hestermeyer has published widely on international law, including international trade law. Currently he is the general co-editor of the Brill Commentaries on World Trade Law. Professor Hestermeyer also regularly teaches trade law for the Department of International Trade / Department of Business and Trade.
Professor Hestermeyer is a renowned expert on EU law. Before joining academia, he worked as a Référendaire at the Court of Justice of the European Union. He has since advised the House of Lords EU Select Committee and the House of Lords EU Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee on matters of treaty law, on EU Free Trade Agreements and on legal questions of Brexit, having been named as Specialist Adviser. Professor Hestermeyer publishes widely on EU law, most recently on the Court of Justice’s case law after Achmea and the principle of autonomy of EU law.