Colette M. van der Ven, JD ’14
Associate, Sidley Austin, LLP
Colette van der Ven is an associate at Sidley Austin LLP, based in Geneva. She counsels and represents governments, businesses and trade associations on all aspects of international trade law with a particular focus on WTO law and WTO dispute settlement as well businesses in connection with international commercial arbitration. She is also the firm’s Geneva pro bono coordinator for the Africa-Asia Agricultural Enterprise Pro Bono Program, and a fellow at the Graduate Institute.
Prior to joining the firm, Colette was a summer associate at the World Bank’s Integrity Vice Presidency, where she worked with the legal division. Colette also worked at the Acumen Fund in India, where she advised on India’s agricultural legal and policy framework. Colette was also a Humanity in Action Fellow and completed various internships, including 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 JD/MPP from Harvard Law School and the Kennedy School of Government, respectively, and an undergraduate degree from Middlebury College. At Harvard, Colette served as the co-President of the Harvard Law and International Development Society, and co-founded the Trade Innovation Initiative, which helps small businesses overcome their trade barriers.
Colette is fluent in English, Dutch, French and Spanish.