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Arthur Appleton

Arthur Appleton

Adjunct Professor


Arthur Appleton is Adjunct Professor at SAIS Europe, and Partner, Appleton Luff – International Lawyers. Previously Professor Appleton was Senior Trade and Investment Consultant, World Bank, and Consultant, US Commercial Law Development Program. He teaches International Trade Law in Bologna and 21st Century Trade Rules: Basic Principles and Emerging Issues in Washington, DC. Arthur is also a member of the Visiting Faculty and the Advisory Board of the World Trade Institute (University of Bern and an Adjunct Professor at IE University, Madrid) where he teaches courses involving international trade and governance issues. Arthur has published widely in the field of international trade and arbitration (4 books and more than 50 articles). He is on the current List of Experts (Chairpersons) for Arbitrations and Trade and Sustainable Expert Panel Proceedings arising from EU FTAs, and sits on the Editorial Advisory Board, of Legal Issues of Economic Integration and the Advisory Committee of The Latin American Journal of International Trade Law.

In addition, Arthur is a founding partner of Appleton Luff – International Lawyers, a boutique international law firm with offices worldwide. He has more than 30 years of experience in international trade, investment law and arbitration working with sovereign states, international businesses, and international and regional organizations. His work focuses primarily on trade-related regulatory issues including issues involving climate change, sustainable development, investment, health, and labor matters. He has worked throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Latin America, and has consulted for the World Bank, IFC, WTO, ADB, IDB, UNCTAD, UNITAR, the ITC, ILI, the US Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP), the UK government, and the EU. His work includes training Chinese, East African, and Sri Lanka high court judges and US foreign service officers.

Arthur is a US and Swiss national. He holds a PhD and a DES from the University of Geneva (Graduate Institute), a JD from the University of Maryland School of Law, and a BA from William and Mary. A full list of publications can be found here.



  • Africa
  • Middle East
  • Southeast Asia
  • United States
  • Western Europe


  • International Law
  • International Courts and Arbitration
  • International Trade Theory and Policy


  • French

In the News

What’s next for the COVID-19 vaccine intellectual property waiver proposal?

Arthur Appleton cited by American Enterprise Institute, 05/26

Who owns the COVID-19 vaccine?

Arthur Appleton interviewed on BBC, 05/31

What next for a COVID-19 intellectual property waiver?

Arthur Appleton quoted in The Lancet, 05/22

Rethinking America: Polishing a rare gem.

Arthur Appleton wrote in The Globalist, 11/13

Globalization and healthcare: Lessons the U.S. needs to learn.

Arthur Appleton wrote in The Globalist, 7/29

Blame and shame.

Arthur Appleton interviewed on Australian Broadcasting Company Radio, 3/9