Lambert Botha

Lambert BothaLambert Botha is the Chairman of 'Hilton Lambert – Practitioners of Trade Law'. He is an international trade practitioner with particular interest and experience in trade in agriculture, intellectual property rights, trade in services, trade remedies, trade dispute settlement and trade aspects of international energy regulation.

Prior to practicing trade law in his own name, Lambert worked with the South African Agricultural Processors Association (SAAPA). During his employment with SAAPA he provided trade law and policy advice to South African corporate entities and represented the interest of South African business on various national and international trade forums, including the WTO Doha Ministerial and Mini-ministerial Meetings held in 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2011. Lambert continues to service the needs of several agricultural associations and blue chip food companies within his client portfolio. In this capacity he provides services to a number of listed agro-food conglomerates. He is intimately involved in the representation of business interests and is the agro-processing representative at Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) and the agro-processing representative to the Minister of Agriculture's trade advisory body, the Agricultural Trade Forum (ATF).

Lambert gained valuable experience in regional trade dispute settlement mechanisms while working as senior trade law researcher with the Trade Law Centre for Southern African (tralac). Prior to working for tralac, Lambert worked as an associate with the law firm Cliffe Dekker Inc where he specialised in intellectual property. He retains a keen interest in intellectual property issues, notably the interface between domestic IP regulation and the WTO's TRIPS Agreement and geographical indications. His early legal career was spent as State Law Advisor (International Law) with the South African Department of Foreign Affairs. During his employment with the Department he gained valuable experience in the drafting of international legal instruments and legal opinions, and attended sessions at the United Nations in New York.

During his career Lambert has been involved in various teaching programmes with universities in South Africa and has provided training to South African and African government officials in the areas of trade dispute settlement, trade in services, trade in agriculture and trade and intellectual property rights.

Lambert is a graduate of the World Trade Institute, Berne, Switzerland where he obtained his Masters Degree in International Law and Economics (summa cum laude). He obtained a LLM - Degree (International Law) from the University of Pretoria, South Africa and a (BA) LLB-degree from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Lambert is a member of the Southern African Energy Association and a member of the World Energy Council's Task Force on Energy Trade and Investment Rules. He is listed on the roster of WTO dispute settlement panellists.

Lambert runs the Johannesburg office of the business. Contact Lambert Botha at or on his Mobile at +27 83 6300 254