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Arthur Appleton

Adjunct Professor of International Law


Partner, Appleton Luff – International Lawyers; Senior Trade Consultant, US Commercial Law Development Program; Visiting Faculty and Board Member, World Trade Institute, University of Bern (from 2004); Member of the Editorial Advisory Board, Legal Issues of Economic Integration; Member of the Advisory Committee, The Latin American Journal of International Trade Law; List of Expert Chairpersons for Trade and Sustainable Development disputes (numerous EU FTA arbitration panels); Arbitrator in commercial law disputes. Formerly: Senior Trade and Investment Consultant, World Bank (2014-2017); Visiting Faculty, International Economic Law and Policy Programme (IELPO), University of Barcelona (2009-2018). He has recently lectured in London, Washington, DC, New Delhi, Barcelona, Bern, Nairobi, and Kiev. PhD and DES, University of Geneva (Graduate Institute); JD, University of Maryland School of Law; BA, William & Mary.

Selected Publications: Business Guide to Trade and Investment: Vol. 1, International Trade and Vol. 2, International Investment (with P. Macrory, eds. ICC, 2017, 2018); “The Swiss Also Have a Private Health Care System. But Theirs Works” (, 26 September 2017); “Options for Improving the Transparency of Fisheries Subsidies" (ICTSD, 11 December 2017); “The WTO Appellate Body – Pathways and Pitfalls,” in Judging the State in International Trade and Investment Law (Leïla Choukroune, ed., Springer, 2016); “The US – Shrimp Appeal: 20 Years On,” in WTO Disputes @Twenty: Insiders' Reflections on India's Participation (Das, et al, eds., Springer, 2016); “Product Labeling: What has the Appellate Body Wrought?” (ICTSD-BioRes, 2015); “PIL and IEL: Will Seal Deaths Resurrect the Dream of International Legal Coherence?” in Questions of International Law, Zoom-in 9 (2014); The World Trade Organization: A Legal, Political and Economic Analysis (3 volumes with Macrory and Plummer, eds., Spinger, 2005). A full list of publications can be found here.




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In the News

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

Arthur Appleton wrote in The Globalist, 7/29

Globalization is no longer riding high.

Arthur Appleton cited in Capital Ethiopia Newspaper, 6/28

Blame and shame.

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