Jessica Giovanelli

Special Counsel
Practice areas
International trade
Dispute resolution
Government
Public and administrative law
Competition and regulatory
Agribusiness and viticulture
Export controls and sanctions
Languages spoken
English, French

Jessica Giovanelli is a special counsel at Moulis Legal.

Moulis Legal clients benefit from Jessica’s ability to navigate and advise on the complex intersection of law, public policy and cross-border investment in a global context, and to develop strategy and overcome challenges in understanding and meeting their trade and investment rights and obligations.

Jessica is an expert in international and Australian trade and investment law and policy including dispute settlement, treaty negotiations, sanctions, investment, modern slavery and international intellectual property law. Jessica is well-connected and well-known internationally having worked in the Rules Division of the World Trade Organization in Geneva, in the Office of International Law at the Australian Attorney-General’s Department and in Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Jessica has extensive experience and expertise in subsidies and anti-dumping rules, as well as environmental and health and safety regulations that affect trade. She has specific expertise in legal issues and barriers affecting trade in services, and the trade rules involving the movement of natural persons. She is experienced in advising on complex trade and investment issues affecting a broad range of industries, notably with respect to the aviation industry and primary industries such as the agribusiness and mining and resources sectors. She is also well-versed in the legal implications of government involvement in manufacturing supply chains.

Jessica is fluent in French and has lived and studied in Canberra, Paris, New York, London, and Geneva.

Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Bachelor of Laws, with Honours, from the Australian National University, a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from ANU, a Diplôme (mention bien) from the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), and a Master in Law (with Merit) from the London School of Economics.

Knowledge pieces by Jessica Giovanelli
Moulis Legal is Australia's contributor to Chambers Global Practice Guides 2024 | International Trade

This commentary on the international and cross border regulations that affect inbound and outbound Australian trade is required reading for in-house counsel and other company officers who need to know about the relevant regulatory authorities, cross-border compliance, accompanying legal risk, and more.

Moulis Legal in Chambers and Partners’ recently launched Asia-Pacific 2024 Guide

Moulis Legal’s International Trade team astutely looks at the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

Australia’s “green tariff” on carbon – a new “dumping” ground?

To mark the beginning of EU CBAM, as well as Climate Change Minister Chris Bowen’s yearlong review of policy options to address carbon leakage and trade displacement, over the next weeks Moulis Legal’s international trade team will explore 7 considerations and potential effects that a carbon border adjustment mechanism may have on Australia’s industries, exporters and importers.

Australia’s carbon border tax adjustment race starts… now

In the newly opened review into whether to introduce an Australian Climate Border Adjustment Mechanism, Australian and global business will likely argue for new rules and processes to ensure any new mechanism operates fairly to achieve genuine climate goals, rather than as a tool for protectionism.

Will the EU-NZ trade tie-up feta Australia’s deal?

The release of the New Zealand-European Union Free Trade Agreement (“EU–NZ FTA”), signed on 9 July, reveals the deal struck for sensitive “geographical indications” (“GIs”) between the two parties. It puts pressure on Australian negotiators, embroiled in finalising an Australia–EU FTA and updating the Australia–EU Wine Agreement, concerning the terms on which the Australian companies will still be able to use European GIs… if at all.

Modern slavery and the supply chain – from reporting on risks to destroying affected products

Companies in Australia with over A$100m in annual revenue are obliged by law to report on the risk of forced labour in their international supply chains.

Australia’s national insecurity on hi-tech minerals investment

The Australian Government is reportedly considering ways to limit foreign investment in critical minerals on the grounds of national security.