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Elena Klonitskaya

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Elena Klonitskaya is a counsel in the International Trade Group in Crowell & Moring's Brussels office. Elena has practiced EU and international trade/WTO law in Brussels since 2002. Her practice focuses on trade remedies, including anti-dumping, anti-subsidy and safeguard investigations in the EU and U.S., international trade compliance, national security measures, sanctions and export controls regulations, customs law, market access barriers, and various forms of discrimination and unfair distortions of competition, bilateral, regional, and plurilateral trade agreements, investment treaties, EU regulatory, and EU competition law matters. She regularly advises governments and companies and associations in chemical, steel, automotive, energy, IT, high-tech, and services sectors. 

Since 2003, Elena has been practicing international trade and EU law, working out of Brussels-based trade and competition practices within major U.S. and UK law firms. Prior to that, she was a stagiaire of Directorate General for Competition of the European Commission in 2002-2003.

She regularly advises companies in chemical, energy, steel, automotive, transport, electronics, IT, high-tech, and services sectors, in particular:

  • companies, associations, and governments on the application of WTO rules to market access barriers and various forms of discrimination and unfair distortions of competition; she has also advised businesses on the impact of bilateral and regional trade on their competitive position.
  • private companies on international trade compliance and has represented companies from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Armenia, EU, U.S., and China in trade remedy cases in the EU, the U.S., and China; her experience covers anti-dumping, anti-subsidy and safeguard investigations.
  • private companies and individuals on EU sanctions, including assistance with the preparation of applications for the annulment of sanctions as far as they affect the applicant and applications for the suspension of sanctions and interim measures.
  • clients on international, EU and Russian customs, EU, and Russian export control regimes for military and dual-use goods.
  • private companies in the energy sector on EU regulatory matters, including third energy package, market access, security of supply, market integrity, EU environmental law (chemicals, REACH, and CLP), technical regulations and standards.
  • companies on matters related to mergers, cartels, distribution agreements, and abuse of dominance under EU and Russian law.


  • Moscow State Institute for International Relations by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Valencia State University
  • Moscow State University of Lomonosov


Admitted to practice: in Belgium and before the European Court, Moscow, Russia

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"Managing Contractual Risks," 2019 ICPA Conference, London, England (May 17, 2019). Presenter: Elena Klonitskaya.
"Managing Trade Risks," International Compliance Professionals Association’s (ICPA) 2019 EU/UK Conference, London, UK (May 17, 2019). Speaker: Elena Klonitskaya.
"The Month in International Trade – February 2019," International Trade Bulletin (March 13, 2019). Contacts: Jeffrey L. Snyder, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz, Spencer Toubia, Michelle J. Linderman, Elena Klonitskaya, Cherie Walterman, David (Dj) Wolff
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"Brexit Extension to Withdraw from the EU Very Likely," Crowell & Moring's International Trade Law (March 6, 2019). Authors: Michelle J. Linderman, Elena Klonitskaya and Cherie Walterman.
"What Lies Ahead for Brexit?," Crowell & Moring's International Trade Law (January 18, 2019). Authors: Michelle J. Linderman and Elena Klonitskaya.
"The Month in International Trade – May 2018," International Trade Bulletin (June 8, 2018). Contacts: Jeffrey L. Snyder, Edward Goetz, Frances P. Hadfield, Michelle J. Linderman, David (Dj) Wolff, Elena Klonitskaya, Carlton Greene, Alan W. H. Gourley, Erik Woodhouse, Emmanuel Plasschaert, Jeffrey L. Poston, Jeane A. Thomas, CIPP/E, Peter B. Miller, CIPP/G/US/E, CIPM, CIPT, Maarten Stassen, Frederik Van Remoortel, Eduardo Mathison, John B. Brew
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"This Month in International Trade — November 2016," International Trade Bulletin (December 8, 2016). Contacts: John B. Brew, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz, Jeffrey L. Snyder, Carlton Greene, David (Dj) Wolff, Ian A. Laird, Eduardo Mathison, Elena Klonitskaya, Gordon McAllister, Edward Norman, Simon Evers, Matthew B. Welling
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"This Month In International Trade - July 2012," International Trade Bulletin (August 10, 2012). Contacts: John B. Brew, Kathryn L. Clune, Ian A. Laird, Elena Klonitskaya, David (Dj) Wolff
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"Russian Duma Ratifies WTO Accession; U.S. Congress Delays on PNTR," International Trade Bulletin (July 12, 2012). Contact: Elena Klonitskaya
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"This Month In International Trade - April 2012 ," International Trade Bulletin (May 4, 2012). Contacts: John B. Brew, Jeffrey L. Snyder, Alan W. H. Gourley, Alexander H. Schaefer, Daniel Cannistra, David (Dj) Wolff, Elena Klonitskaya
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