Arthur Appleton

Arthur Appleton

Adjunct Professor of International Law
International Law and Organizations
International Relations

SAIS Europe


  • Africa
  • Middle East
  • Southeast Asia
  • United States
  • Western Europe
  • International Law
  • International Courts and Arbitration
  • International Trade Theory and Policy
  • French

Background and Education

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 Labelling: 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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Spring 2019 
Suitable for no...
Suitable for non-lawyers, this introduction to international trade law will explore the legal foundation of the international trading system in a highly interactive setting. The emphasis will be on the rules of the World Trade Organization (WTO), including intellectual property rules, and how these rules affect trade in goods and services. Policy considerations will be emphasized - such as the developmental and public health implications of WTO rules and rulings, and the relationship between WTO rules and rules governing environmental protection, human rights and labor rights. Particular attention will be given to important WTO Appellate Body decisions. Mention will also be made of regional trade agreements, including ongoing negotiations such as TTIP and TPP. (IL)