E15 Experts are leading thinkers and practitioners from developed and developing countries reflecting a wide range of perspectives on trade and sustainable development. The experts’ participation in any E15 activity is on a personal basis and does not represent an official commitment of the organisations they are affiliated with.


Colette van der Ven

Associate, International Trade, Sidley Austin LLP

Colette van der Ven counsels and represents clients on all aspects of international trade law with a particular focus on WTO law and WTO dispute settlement. Specifically, Colette’s practice focuses on disputes involving agriculture-related measures subject to the SPS Agreement and the Agreement on Agriculture.

Colette is also the e-commerce coordinator, and previously interim director, of Sidley’s Emerging Enterprises Pro Bono Program.

Before joining Sidley, Colette completed various short-term engagements, including at the World Bank’s Integrity Vice Presidency, the Acumen Fund in India, the United Nations Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Cambodia, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and International Bridges to Justice in the Philippines.

Colette holds a joint J.D./MPP from Harvard Law School and the Kennedy School of Government, respectively, and an undergraduate degree from Middlebury College. Colette is a Member of the New York Bar.

Colette conducts independent research on trade law, industrial policy and development. She has published her research in various outlets, including academic journals, and regularly speaks at international conferences.