Mr. Vitaliy PogoretskyyCounsel
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Mr. Vitaliy Pogoretskyy joined the ACWL as Counsel in May 2013. Previously, from January 2012 to May 2013, he worked as an intern and a dispute settlement lawyer at the WTO Secretariat, Rules Division. During his tenure in the Secretariat, Mr. Pogoretskyy assisted panels in disputes involving anti-dumping and countervailing-duty matters, including drafting legal opinions and panel reports. In addition, he was involved in teaching and research activities.

Prior to joining the WTO Secretariat, Mr. Pogoretskyy worked as a junior lawyer and external consultant in a Brussels-based law firm. In that capacity, he advised governments of developing countries and regional inter-governmental organisations on various aspects of WTO law and EU law. From 2005 to 2006, he worked as a civil servant of the Government of Ukraine.

Mr. Pogoretskyy is a Ukrainian national. He graduated in law with distinction in 2005 from the National Law Academy of Ukraine (Kharkov, Ukraine). He holds two Master degrees: in 2007, he obtained an LL.M. degree in International Commercial Arbitration Law from Stockholm University; and, in 2009, he obtained a Master degree in International Law and Economics from the World Trade Institute (Bern, Switzerland), summa cum laude.  In January 2015, Mr. Pogoretskyy successfully defended his PhD thesis at the CEPMLP, the University of Dundee (UK), written on the WTO’s regulation of gas transit.

Mr. Pogoretskyy speaks the following languages:  English (full professional proficiency), Russian (native), Ukrainian (native), and French (professional working proficiency).

Mr. Pogoretskyy is a member of the Ukrainian Bar.


Mr. Pogoretskyy has published extensively in English, Russian and Ukrainian on various aspects of international law and WTO law. His recent publications include:

  • “Freedom of Transit and the Principles of Effective Right and Economic Cooperation: Can Systemic Interpretation of GATT Article V Promote Energy Security and the Development of an International Gas Market?”, 16 Journal of International Economic Law (2013), 313.
  • “The Transit Role of Turkey in the European Union’s Southern Gas Corridor Initiative: an Assessment from the Perspective of the World Trade Organization and the Energy Charter Treaty”, 2 Journal of International Trade and Arbitration Law (Istanbul, 2013), 121 (also available at: Oil, Gas & Energy Law,
  • “Bridging the Abyss? Lessons from Global and Regional Integration of Ukraine” (co-authored with S. Beketov), 46(2) Journal of World Trade (2012), 457.
  • “Tensions between the Liberalist and Statist Approaches to Energy Trade Governance: the Case of Gas Dual Pricing” (co-authored with D. Behn), in C. Kuzemko et al. (eds.), Dynamics of Energy Governance in Europe and Russia (UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), 45.
  • “Energy Dual Pricing in International Trade: Subsidies and Anti-Dumping Perspectives”, in Y. Selivanova (ed.), Regulation of Energy in International Trade Law: WTO, NAFTA and Energy Charter (The Netherlands: Kluwer Law International, 2011), 181.
  • “Modernizing the Energy Charter Process? The Energy Charter Conference Road Map and the Russian Draft Convention on Energy Security” (co-authored with A. Belyi and S. Nappert), 29(3) Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law (2011), 383.
  • “The System of Energy Dual Pricing in Russia and Ukraine: The Consistency of the Energy Dual Pricing System with the WTO Agreement on Anti-dumping”, 4(10) Global Trade and Customs Journal (2009), 313.
  • “K. D. Raju (2008): World Trade Organization Agreement on Anti-Dumping: A GATT/WTO and Indian Legal Jurisprudence”, IV(64) Aussen-Wirtschaft (2009), 435 (Book Review).

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