Bernard O'Connor

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Administrative&European Public Law, Trade Law, Competition, IP Law


He's the managing partner of Brussels office, focussing on EU, WTO, International Law. More than 30 years experience litigating before the EU Courts in Luxembourg and in WTO Dispute Settlement in Geneva. He teaches trade and agricultural law at State University (Milan). He has written and edited books on general EU law, procurement law, the law of geographical indications and WTO law. He's member of RIEB think tank on international economic law and represents EU industries and institutions in trade defence matters and trade relations.

Professional Memberships

Solicitor, Law Society of Ireland 1981; Admitted to the Bar of Brussels 1992.


2017, Edwin Elgar, The Encyclopaedia of International Economic Law, Editors Schefer and Cottier, Chapter on the Right to Food

2015, Edwin Elgar: Research Handbook on Agricultural Law, edited by McMahon, Cardwell, The impact of the WTO Doha Round on the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy

2015, L’Organizzazione Mondiale del Commercio, a cura di Venturini, The Agreement on Agriculture, Giuffré Editore

2010, A Guide to Geographical Indications: Linking products and their origins. ITC Geneva, 2010, with Daniele Giovannucci, Tim Josling, William Kerr, May Yeung.

2010, Understanding EU Commission Tenders, practical guide, Intersentia Books