Thalis Andrade holds a Master in International Law and a Bachelor in Law, both from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil. He also has a Specialisation in Foreign Trade and Customs Law from Itajai Valley University (UNIVALI) and a Specialisation in Regulation of International Trade from Buenos Aires University (UBA).
After his Master's degree, Thalis became a member of the Brazilian Lawyer Association in 2005 and is licensed to practice law in many states in Brazil. In 2008, Thalis joined the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade (MDIC) in Brasilia, serving in the Trade Remedies Department (DECOM), the Brazilian authority investigation, working on the Chinese footwear dumping case and many others. He also worked in Foreign Trade Chamber (CAMEX) negotiating investments between MERCOSUR and the EU. In 2012, he joined the Department of Foreign Trade Operations (DECEX) and managed a discussion group to create new procedural rules on administrative treatment to foreign trade of goods. At DECEX, he also deals with imports licensing and non-preferential investigation of origin.
Since 2010, as a professor, he has taught subjects such as international trade, trade remedies, Brazilian foreign trade procedures and foreign trade taxation at many universities, and courses on admission to Brazilian civil public carriers. He has also published books and many papers on the field of international trade. His areas of interest include the intersection of taxation and international trade, trade remedies, regional integration and dispute settlement. He is very interested to expand his international trade experience in the private sector as well as in the WTO.