Yves Melin

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Yves Melin focuses on trade remedy investigations, customs laws and procedures, export controls and sanctions, conflict minerals, World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement, and data protection. He has represented clients before the EU Courts in more than 20 disputes relating to international trade and customs laws and has represented companies in more than 100 trade remedy proceedings across a wide range of industries. Yves is one of the founders of Green Lane, an alliance of European customs and international trade law firms through which Steptoe provides seamless advice and representation everywhere in Europe. Yves lectures at the University of Lille (France) and at the European Law Academy (ERA) in Trier (Germany) and is a member of the editorial board of Kluwer’s Global Trade & Customs Journal.

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On 10 January, the Belgian Gazette published the Law of 3 December 2017 “setting up the authority for data protection” (the Law). The Law is the first legal text in Belgium applying various provisions of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Under the GDPR, EEA Member States must provide for one or more independent public authorities to be responsible for monitoring the application of the GDPR, in order to protect fundamental rights and freedoms…
In its judgment of January 26, the European Court interpreted EU rules on jurisdiction in a dispute referred from the Austrian Supreme Court between a ‘consumer’ – Maximilian Schrems – and Facebook Ireland Limited. The Court would not accept the consumer’s choice of forum for a class-action type proceeding and held that, when interpreting EU rules on jurisdiction (consumer forum), the consumer forum cannot assert ‘claims assigned by other consumers.’  A person bringing legal proceedings…
The European Commission issued on September 13th 2017 a Proposal for a Regulation establishing a framework on the screening of foreign direct investments (FDI) into the EU. The objective of this proposal is two-fold: pushing third countries to open their domestic markets to EU investments, and protecting EU assets against foreign takeovers detrimental to the essential interests of the EU or of its Member States.  The Commission proposes to achieve this by introducing information…