Colin Brown is Deputy Head of Unit in Unit F.2 (Dispute Settlement and Legal Aspects of Trade Policy) of the Directorate General for Trade of the European Commission where he advises on a range of trade and investment issues, including the dispute settlement aspects of the EU's competence for investment, trade and energy, trade and environment etc. He leads the team developing the EU’s approach on investor-to-state dispute settlement and the teams providing legal advice on the Transatlantic Trade and Partnership Agreement (TTIP) and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada. He advises on institutional issues, including the changes to EU trade policy brought about by the Lisbon Treaty. Before joining DG Trade in October 2006 he worked for 6 years for the Legal Service of the European Commission, where he litigated WTO and EU law cases. He has been chair of the Legal Advisory Committee of the Energy Charter Treaty since January 2004. He is visiting lecturer in WTO law at the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium since 2009.
He holds an LLB (first class Honours) from the Faculty of Law of the University of Edinburgh, Scotland (1996), a Diploma in International Relations from the Bologna Centre of the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, Bologna, Italy (1997) and an LLM in European Law from the College of Europe, Bruges (1998).