The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is currently seeking the following expressions of interest for nominations or appointments to international bodies or lists.

Seeking expressions of interest for future panellists in international trade disputes

We are seeking to update New Zealand’s list of people who could be proposed as a potential panel member or panel chair in a state-to-state dispute under international trade agreements.

New Zealand is required by the World Trade Organisation to periodically suggest names of governmental and non-governmental individuals to include on the indicative list.

Some of New Zealand’s free trade agreements also require parties to establish a roster of suitably qualified individuals to be used to select panellists or panel chairs.

For panellists that are selected, the task would be on a part-time basis.

Panellists will serve in their individual capacities and not as government representatives, nor as representatives of any organisation.

Desirable qualities

The New Zealand Government wishes to include well-qualified persons on our indicative list of panellists and welcomes applications from individuals with a diversity of backgrounds, perspectives and experience.  We are seeking individuals that have expertise or experience in law, international trade or the resolution of disputes arising under international trade agreements. This could include, but is not necessarily limited to, individuals who have:

  • served on or presented a case to a WTO or FTA panel
  • served as a representative to the WTO or in the Secretariat
  • taught or published on international trade law or policy; or
  • served as a senior trade official.

Individuals should also be available and willing to travel for the purposes of case proceedings, if selected.

Application process

To express your interest in being included on New Zealand’s lists, please send your CV and a cover letter outlining your suitability and relevant knowledge, to

Applications close:  5.00pm, Friday 14 December 2018

For further information, contact or Sarah Ireland, Lead Adviser, +64 4 439 7314.