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Michelle Healy


Special Counsel - Brisbane

Areas of Expertise

Dispute Resolution & Litigation


Michelle is a litigation lawyer, highly experienced in international economic, human rights and administrative law.

In addition to her domestic experience advising high level government clients on the development of policies and legislation, Michelle has 15 years’ experience in complex inter-state litigation at the World Trade Organization, where she was a senior dispute settlement lawyer. Michelle’s areas of expertise include trade remedies and WTO law, with a particular focus on national security and the aerospace and defence sectors.

Michelle has also lectured in competition law and continues to lecture regularly in WTO law and international dispute settlement. 

Michelle began her career as an Associate to the Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, Sir Anthony Mason, AC KBE, before practising corporate law in the private sector for several years in New York and London. 

Michelle is admitted to practice law in Australia, the State of New York, England and Wales.


Michelle has broad-ranging experience at the international, state and federal levels, her experience includes:

  • advising panels in numerous complex dispute settlement proceedings between WTO Member States involving the market effects of industry assistance in the aerospace and defence sectors, transit, sanctions and national security, and anti-dumping and countervailing duties 
  • assisting a facilitator in the mediation of a long-standing dispute between two WTO Member States involving customs valuation, tax and excise issues 
  • providing direct high level advice to the Queensland Department of Premier and Cabinet on the development and passage of a package of counter-terrorism legislation 
  • representing the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in an appeal before an international criminal tribunal
  • advising on negotiations of treaty-based disciplines regulating industrial subsidies and fisheries subsidies
  • advising and training government officials from a variety of regions on international trade law and litigation strategies.

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