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International trade law

The Office of International Law works closely with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in negotiating international trade agreements. The office is also responsible for providing advice to government on compliance with its international trade obligations. In addition to general treaty drafting, we have a particular expertise in areas such as:

  • dispute settlement
  • investment
  • telecommunications
  • intellectual property.

International trade agreements are negotiated at any one of the following three levels:

  • multilateral level, under the umbrella of the World Trade Organization
  • regional level, such as Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
  • bilateral level, such as free trade and investment agreements with key trading partners.

The Australian Government's Free Trade Agreements and information regarding Australia's Trade Policy can be found on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website.​