Dr. David Luff

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Practice Experience

Dr David Luff has been practising international trade and investment law at both EC and international levels for twenty-four years. He advised private multinational companies and governments in trade-related matters in the sectors of financial services, postal and telecommunications services, renewable energy, diamonds, textiles and clothing, steel, aluminium, drilling material, chemicals, sugar, bananas, dairy products, fruits and vegetables. He also regularly advises governments and economic operators on WTO implementation, trade negotiations, supply chain strategies, and investment issues. His work brought him to more than eighty countries. Dr David Luff has extensive experience of developing countries, in particular the ACP and South East Asia.

Dr David is also an experienced litigator before international Courts and arbitration chambers. He is in charge of several sanctions and trade remedy case cases before the General Court of the EU and the European Court of Justice. He is also well versed in arbitration related to development assistance, in particular under the special arbitration rules of the European Development Fund. He also advocates cases for his clients before WTO Panels and the United Nations Security Council.

Dr David Luff is a professor of International Trade Law at the University of Liege in Belgium, at the College of Europe, at the University of Lille in France, and at the International Economic Law Programmes of the University of Barcelona. He is qualified at the Brussels Bar. He holds a PhD from Brussels University and has studied in Brussels and New York.

He is listed in the following guides

  •  The “Guide to the World’s Leading International Trade Lawyers” since 2009.
  • Who’s Who of Trade and Customs Lawyers since 2011.
  • Legal 500, “Leading Lawyer 100 – International Trade Law”
  • Chambers since 2014 “Clients commend Appleton Luff’s David Luff as ‘extremely knowledgeable about EU trade laws,’and praise his profound understanding of the issues surrounding their legal requirements. He represents an eclectic range of international clients in EU proceedings”


PhD in Law, Free University of Brussels (ULB), June 2003

Masters in Public Administration, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, New York, USA, June 1995 (consistently ranked No 1 public administration programme in the United States)

LL.M. in Public International Law, Free University of Brussels (ULB), June 1993 (Two-year graduate degree pursued while working full-time as an attorney)

Licence en Droit (Law Degree), June 1991


English, French, Italian and Spanish

Countries of Professional Experience

Europe : Belgium, France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, United Kingdom, Poland, Lithuania, Romania, Slovenia, Serbia, Montenegro, FYROM, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, Russia

Asia : Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Singapore, China, Japan, Korea, Philippines, India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Syria, Uzbekistan

Africa : South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Mozambique, Botswana, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mauritius, Comores, Seychelles, Tanzania, Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Cameroon, Sao Tome & Principe, Central African Republic, Nigeria, Togo, Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Senegal, Cape Verde, Mauritania

America : United States, Canada, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Haïtii, Barbados, St Lucia, Dominican Republic, Suriname, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Curacao.

Oceania : Australia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Samoa, Tonga, New Caledonia, Wallis & Futuna, French Polynesia.

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