Senior Legal Advisor
MAS in International Trade and Economic Law

Maura Décosterd

The multilingual expert on trade policy and regulation: for Swiss, EU, APAC and US law.

Secretariat
Barbara Mäder
+41 44 254 99 50
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Profile

Maura specializes in trade (WTO) policy and regulation. She covers multiple jurisdictions (CH, EU, US, SEA), and her work in government, academia, and the private sector affords her with a vantage perspective on the field. In her advisory capacity, she addresses all matters related to trade facilitation and compliance with customs regulations, sanctions/export controls and sustainability issues.

In particular, Maura provides assistance with customs and export controls compliance maturity assessments, fit-gap analyses or audit and due diligence assessments. Her clients also require advice on rules of origin interpretation (FTA regulations), product classification and valuation.

Further, Maura's work covers sanctions/export controls, and she advises clients on rapidly and continuously evolving EU, UN and national regulations. Her clients often require assistance with meeting licensing requirements and obtaining export permits from national regulatory authorities (such as SECO in CH).

Finally, Maura is passionate about sustainable trade, and has worked with policymakers on implementing multilateral principles (UN SDGs), drafting national sustainability policies, and effectively transposing the above onto private companies’ daily compliance agenda.

Education

2011 - 2012 University of Bern, MAS in International Trade and Economic Law
2009 - 2011 University of Geneva, MA in International Affairs
2006 - 2009 University of Bucharest, BA in Political Science

Languages

French, English, Italian, Spanish

Work Experience

since 2022 Senior Legal Advisor Trade Compliance at MME
2019 - 2022 Global Trade Manager - Deloitte AG Zurich
2018 - 2019 Brexit Trade in Services Project Manager - UK and Northern Ireland Govt. and Developing Trade Consultants (US)
2015 - 2018 Senior Trade Law and Policy Officer, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia, ASEAN Secretariat Jakarta (Indonesia)
2011 - 2015 NCCR Trade Regulation Research Associate – World Trade Institute, University of Bern