About Tracey Epps

Tracey Epps is an international lawyer and trade policy consultant based in Wellington, New Zealand. She works on a broad range of trade- and investment-related issues. This includes treaty negotiations and obligations under the World Trade Organization (WTO) and free trade agreements (FTAs) and she advises both governments and the private sector. She also helps exporters and service suppliers to engage with government and to obtain the market access benefits of WTO and FTA rules. See a more detailed list of services here.

Tracey has worked across academic, government and private practice. This combined experience gives her a deep understanding of the legal, political and economic aspects of trade that is of value to public and private sector clients, both in New Zealand and internationally.

From 2016 to 2021, Tracey headed the International Trade Law Practice at Chapman Tripp, a leading New Zealand law firm, working for both public and private sector clients.

Previously, she was a senior legal advisor with the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where she was, from 2010 to 2016, New Zealand’s lead Legal Counsel for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. She was also involved in a wide range of other trade and investment issues, including: working on the appeals phase in the WTO complaint that New Zealand brought against Australia in respect of access for New Zealand apples, and advising on the legal implications of Brexit for New Zealand.

She also worked in the health care consulting practices at PricewaterhouseCoopers and then IBM Business Consulting in Canada, with a focus on strategic planning and evaluation of provincial and federal government programmes.

Tracey has an LLM and SJD from the University of Toronto, and a BA/LLB(Hons) from the University of Auckland. She teaches International Trade Regulation and International Investment Law at the University of Otago in New Zealand.

I became fascinated with international trade at an early age, looking at containers on the wharf at the Port of Auckland – wondering what was in them and how far they’d come. Later – studying trade law and policy – I learned how critical trade is to New Zealand as a small, geographically isolated nation, and the potential for trade to advance development around the world. I have since been privileged to develop my career in this fascinating field by serving the New Zealand government, and working with a wide variety of clients, including private sector exporters, and several Pacific Island governments.

- Tracey Epps