Dr. Appleton divides his practice between international trade law and international arbitration. He has more than 22 years of experience in the field of international trade (GATT/WTO) law dating back to the late 1980s when he advised a prominent Asian country during the Uruguay Round of trade negotiations. Dr. Appleton has appeared as lead counsel before the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization and has represented and advised sovereign states in trade law disputes. He has worked extensively in Asia and Africa, with businesses, developing countries, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations on various international trade issues. Dr. Appleton focuses on trade questions concerning dispute settlement, technical regulations and standards (TBT Agreement), health and sanitary measures (SPS Agreement), intellectual property (TRIPS agreement), investment (TRIMs agreement), accessions and environment (including climate change). He is active in WTO accession work, RTA work, and many other areas of trade law. The International Who’s Who of Trade and Customs Lawyers has recognized his leading role in the international trade field since 2000.
Dr. Appleton has published widely on international trade issues (two books and more than 30 scholarly articles). He is a co-editor of The World Trade Organization: Legal, Economic and Political Analysis, a three-volume work published by Springer in May 2005. He is regularly invited to lecture on international trade matters at conferences, seminars and universities in Europe, North America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
He has served as sole arbitrator, party appointed arbitrator and counsel in ICC, AAA and Ad Hoc arbitrations. Dr. Appleton has been involved in disputes concerning international trade (in particular trade in steel), intellectual property, licensing, agency agreements, contracts, construction and sovereigns. His experience includes disputes where Civil Law, Common Law (U.S., U.K.) and the Laws of various Muslim countries have been applied. He served on the Editorial Committee of the ASA Bulletin, the official journal of the Swiss Arbitration Association, and has written and edited numerous short articles on arbitration.
Dr. Appleton’s prior experience includes three years in Geneva as Counsel with White & Case LLP (a top American law firm), and five years with Lalive & Partners (a major Swiss arbitration law firm).
B.A., College of William and Mary, 1980; Junior Year, Exeter University, England
J.D., University of Maryland, 1984
D.E.S., University of Geneva, Graduate Institute of International Studies, International Law Division, 1991
Ph.D., University of Geneva, Graduate Institute of International Studies, International Law Division, 1997
Bars and Courts
District of Columbia Federal Trial Bar, admitted 1988
Maryland Federal Trial Bar, admitted 1987
District of Columbia, admitted 1985
Maryland, admitted 1985
Professional Associations, Present and Past Journal Affiliations
Editorial Board, Legal Issues of Economic Integration (Journal of the Europa Institute and the Amsterdam Center for International Law) (present)
Former Member, Editorial Committee (Secretariat) ASA Bulletin-Swiss Arbitration Association (1993-2009)
Association of International Business Lawyers (Past Co-President and Member) (www.aibl.ch)
American Society of International Law (Member)
Swiss Arbitration Association (Member) (www.arbitration-ch.org)
Ordre des avocats de Genève, registered foreign attorney (www.odage.ch)
District of Columbia Bar Association (Member)
International Law Institute Washington, D.C. (Advisory Board, International Trade Law Center) (http://www.ili.org/centers-of-expertise/international-trade-law.html)
Adjunct Faculty Member, World Trade Institute (WTI), University of Berne (www.worldtradeinstitute.ch) (present)
Adjunct faculty Member, International Economic aw and Policy (IELPO), University of Barcelona (www.ielpo.org) (present)
Adjunct Faculty Member, International Law Institute (ILI) (www.ili.org) (present)
Numerous specialized courses at universities and institutes around the world (most recently Vietnam (FTU), Costa Rica (INCAE), Peru (PUCP), Uganda (ILI) and Mozambique (Eduardo Mondlane)). Numerous teaching assignments for various international organizations (WTO, ITC, UNITAR and UNCTAD)
Visiting Lecturer, University of Amsterdam School of Law (2002-2006)
- Who's Who Legal, Trade & Customs
- Expert Guides, International Trade Lawyers
Languages: English and French
Citizenship: Switzerland and the United States of America
Date of Birth: 18 February 1958