Lambert Botha

Lambert Botha

Lambert Botha is the Chairman of ‘HiltonLambert – 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 several WTO Ministerial meetings. Lambert continues to service the needs of several agricultural associations and blue-chip companies within the client portfolio. He is intimately involved in the representation of business interests and is a 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 Lambert gained valuable experience in the drafting of international legal instruments and legal opinions and attended sessions at the United Nations in New York and Geneva in that capacity.

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, trade and intellectual property rights as well as trade facilitation.

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 served as 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