Tracey Epps Tracey Epps

Tracey Epps
Trade Law Consultant

International trade & investment

With over 20 years' experience, Tracey is an international trade and investment law specialist and also works on broader matters of public international law.

Prior to joining Chapman Tripp, Tracey was a senior legal advisor at the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Her role included being lead legal counsel for New Zealand's negotiating team in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. This government experience gives her a combined understanding of both the legal and political aspects of trade that is of significant value to clients in today’s turbulent global environment.

Tracey assists private sector and government clients, both internationally and domestically. She works on a broad range of issues including helping clients obtain benefits from World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules and free trade agreements (FTAs), advising on compliance with those rules, and on issues associated with import and export formalities and requirements, customs matters, trade remedies, export controls and sanctions.

In 2019, Tracey was appointed as a panel member in the Article 22.6 arbitration in the long-running WTO dispute between the European Union and the United States over subsidisation of the large civil aircraft industry (United States – Large Civil Aircraft).

In addition to her practice, Tracey teaches International Trade Regulation and International Investment Law at the University of Otago, and has published extensively in the field.

Recent highlights

  • Advised government on the compliance of various policies, laws and regulations with international trade rules.
  • Worked with a number of Pacific Island governments to assist them to ratify and implement PACER Plus.
  • Advised businesses on the implications of United Nations and United States sanctions programmes, including in relation to Iran, North Korea, South Sudan and Venezuela.
  • Advised domestic and overseas clients on various New Zealand regulatory settings.
  • Acted successfully on a Customs Appeal Authority to overturn a ruling denying preferential tariffs under the New Zealand Korea FTA and assisted with an application for a Customs tariff concession under section 8 of the Tariff Act.
  • Provided training to overseas government officials on trade and investment law.


  • Chair, International Trade Committee, International Pacific Bar Association.

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International trade at crossroads in 2021

2020 was a tough year and economic forecasts – both global and local – suggest that next year will not be easy either. But there are also positive developments, as noted in our International Trade 2020 – Trends & Insights publication.

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Recovering from COVID‑19: the critical legal pathways

We have published a visual diagram to illustrate the legal pathways required for businesses and economies to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Trade reform needed in wake of global disruption

The multilateral rules-based system, including the WTO, is more important than ever. But the system is under significant stress and its rules need to be updated...

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International trade up in the air

Predicted international trade events in 2017 fared well, the firm is now looking at what to expect in 2019.

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