Marina Foltea

Founder and Managing Director, Trade Pacts, Geneva

Dr. Foltea is Founder and Managing Director of Trade Pacts, Geneva. She is a lawyer advising governments and multinational companies on international trade law and practice solving complex regulatory questions. In the past, Dr Foltea has been a civil servant with the Swiss Ministry of Economy, worked in academia where she completed her doctoral studies, and served as an international trade manager in a multinational company.

Dr. Foltea obtained her Ph.D. in International Economic Law from the University of Bern, Switzerland. She was awarded the Walther Hug prize for the best legal dissertation in Switzerland. She has published in this field and teaches international trade law. Her thesis titled “International Organisations in the WTO Dispute Settlement: How much institutional sensitivity?” culminated in a book published by Cambridge University Press in 2012.

Her main areas of expertise are the linkages between trade and other policy areas, in particular trade and health, dispute settlement, market access, trade negotiations, intellectual property law, investment law and policy. Dr Foltea is also expert in tobacco and their alternatives and actively contributes to research and debates in this field.

Since September 2016 Dr Foltea is on the Indicative List of WTO Panels, which makes her eligible to solve WTO disputes. She can be followed @MarinaFoltea.


19 January 2018
As WTO members look to solve the stalemate in Geneva, this article assesses the possible hard and soft solutions for breaking the deadlock. Where some of the harder options risk inviting starker power clashes with the US, which may in turn further stunt progress in the WTO, the author recommends...