Jan Yves Natalie 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