International Trade

The Firm’s prime specialisation is international trade law, at national, regional and multilateral levels.  The Firm advises governments and businesses on both defensive and offensive trade strategies. Its expertise covers all WTO-related areas, such as customs legislation (including rules of origin), trade remedies, agricultural policies, non-tariff barriers to trade (including technical regulations, standards and sanitary and phytosanitary measures), subsidies, trade in services, trade-related aspects of intellectual property rights and dispute settlement.

Firm members have unique experience in advising nations on negotiating strategies before multilateral fora, such as the WTO, or at bilateral or plurilateral levels. We have also been assisting governments and private companies in the assessment of the compatibility of domestic laws with WTO agreements and applicable bilateral or regional agreements. We engineer domestic regulations and commercial relations to take advantage of current international trade rules. We litigate before international jurisdictions and, with our clients, we conduct market access actions.

Dr. Appleton, Dr. Luff, Dr. Rios-Herran, Mr. Sim and Mr Macrory teach international trade law in various universities in Europe, the United Sates, Asia and Africa and have published extensively on trade-related legal topics.

Litigation and Arbitration

Our attorneys have extensive experience before the European and US Courts, WTO Panels and the Appellate Body, and in Investor – State disputes. Our attorneys have represented companies and served as arbitrators in disputes involving firms from Europe, the Middle East, the United States, and most of East Asia and South-East Asia, and governments in Africa and the Caribbean. Members of Appleton Luff have served as sole arbitrator, party appointed arbitrator, counsel and co-counsel in ICC, AAA, EDF and Ad Hoc arbitrations in disputes concerning international trade, development financing, intellectual property, licensing, agency agreements, mining, construction and sovereigns.

Trade Remedies

Our attorneys and professionals have experience in over 300 trade remedy proceedings (antidumping, countervailing duty/anti-subsidy and safeguard measures) conducted in all major jurisdictions including the US, EU, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Venezuela, South Africa, China, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Japan, Korea, Turkey and Russia. Recent successful cases defended by our lawyers and professionals are provided
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Public International Law

Appleton Luff has unique experience in the field of international law. We have been involved in actions before the UN Security Council and the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague. We advise on all issues of public international law and international relations. We handle specific actions, particularly in the fields of:

  • Investments
  • Sanctions, and
  • The Law of the seas

EU Law

Appleton Luff provides advice to governments and businesses on EU Law, in particular economic and trade law: the common customs regime, the Common Agricultural Policy, trade remedies, competition law, and the four freedoms (goods, services, persons and capital). We have extensive experience before the European Court of Justice and under the various administrative procedures provided by European trade and competition policies. We have deep knowledge and experience dealing with European institutions, their institutional mechanisms, and their corporate culture.