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About Lorand Bartels

Lorand Bartels is an internationally recognised expert in trade law, having taught and published on many areas of trade law for two decades. In addition to his role at Freshfields, he is Professor of International Law at the University of Cambridge.

In his professional capacity, Lorand has advised private clients and governments (including the UK) on trade law matters on topics including free trade agreements (FTAs), technical barriers to trade, digital trade, services regulation, mutual recognition, customs duties, airport taxes, industrial subsidies and national security. He is also the Chair of the UK Trade and Agriculture Commission, an independent body which advises the government and parliament on how newly signed UK FTAs relate to the UK’s laws on animal welfare, animal and plant health, and the environment.

Lorand also delivered FTA negotiations training through expert and practitioner level courses on trade law for hundreds of trade negotiators across all UK government departments and for Australian government officials.

Lorand received an MBE in the Queen’s 2022 New Year Honours for services to UK trade policy.


MBE for services to UK trade policy (Queen’s 2022 New Year Honours)  

BA Hons LLB (University of New South Wales)

PhD (European University Institute)

Solicitor, New South Wales