"One of the best customs and trade lawyers in the world."
Chambers 2012


Paulette Vander Schueren is the senior of the Brussels’ members of Mayer Brown's Public Policy, Regulatory & Political Law and International Trade groups.

Paulette is consistently recognized as one of the world's top trade and customs lawyers. Chambers Global has ranked her in the top tier as a Leading Lawyer for International Trade/WTO work for well over a decade, referring to her as a “true stalwart” in trade and customs. Chambers Global 2012 states that “Paulette Vander Schueren is consistently singled out for her depth of experience in this field, and is described by sources as "one of the best customs and trade lawyers in the world” and Chambers Global 2015 mentions that clients value Paulette, stating “She's super, a master and has a lot of expertise in this field.” The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers - Trade & Customs puts her in the global Top 10; and the Best of the Best 2010 designated her as one of the world's top 25 pre-eminent International Trade lawyers in the world.

She represents and advises clients in trade remedy cases before the EU institutions and outside the EU, including on anti-dumping, subsidies, safeguard and, in the EU, on Trade Barrier Regulation matters. She advises foreign governments on the implementation and interpretation of trade remedy laws and also advises private and governmental clients on international and bilateral agreements concluded by the EU.

Paulette represents clients on tariff classification, including before EU and EU Member State authorities as well as the World Customs Organization (the "WCO") and authorities outside the EU. She represents clients on customs valuation matters involving EU and WTO/WCO provisions before EU, EU Member State and third country authorities. She advises on economic tariff regimes such as inward processing and processing under customs control or duty suspensions and tariff quotas. She counsels clients on EU and international origin rules as well as origin labelling and on the EU's General System of Preferences.

Paulette represents and advises private companies in relation to the interpretation of EU and international provisions on export controls and economic sanctions and on the implementation of these provisions by EU Member States, both as regards ad hoc issues and the drafting of compliance documents. She also advises on the implications of the EU’s anti-boycott provisions. In these matters, Paulette and her colleagues in Brussels work closely together with their colleagues in the US who are experts in these matters.

Paulette’s EU Regulatory experience includes EU's harmonization legislation and its implementation in the EU Member States, including technical regulations and standards, safety regulations and provisions affecting the marketing of goods (for example, sales promotion guarantees), as well as excise, VAT and environmental provisions.  With the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty in the EU, Paulette has also counselled  clients on EU institutional matters and the balance of powers.

Paulette has been involved in numerous international trade disputes and appeared before the European Commission as well as the European Courts.

Prior to joining Mayer Brown in 2005, Paulette was co-head of the International Trade team at another prominent law firm where she practised in the same field since 1981.

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • French


College of Europe , Certificat des Hautes Etudes Européennes, LLM

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Licentie in de Rechten, JD

Universitaire Faculteiten Sint-Aloysius, Kandidatuur in de Rechten, pre-JD


  • Brussels Bar (Nederlandse Orde van Advocaten te Brussel)


  • IBA (International Bar Association) Trade Section
  • EU Committee (American Chamber of Commerce)
  • Listed on the roster of panelists for the WTO and Energy Charter dispute settlement
  • Association of the former students of the College of Europe