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David Luff

Appleton Luff International Lawyers

Regionalism in Africa (21/03/2018 - 21/03/2018)



Dr. David Luff is specialized in EU and WTO law and has been practicing international trade law at both EC and WTO levels for seventeen years. He was trained in top international law firms. He was in charge of major anti-dumping, anti-subsidy and safeguard cases and has worked on projects where he dealt with technical barriers to trade, customs rules, WTO dispute settlement, regional integration and market access actions. He has advised private multinational companies and governments in the sectors of financial services, postal and telecommunications services, textiles and clothing, steel, chemicals, sugar, bananas, dairy products, fruits and vegetables. He advised the governments of Vietnam, Ukraine, China, South Korea, Thailand, Canada and South Africa on WTO implementation and trade negotiations issues and held missions in more than thirty five developing countries. He has also been advising African countries on cross-sectoral strategies to take advantage of international trade rules. He has been advising the government of Ukraine in its WTO accession negotiations and has been delivering technical assistance activities in the country, particularly in the agricultural and services sectors. He also advised the governments of Vietnam, China, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Thailand, Rwanda, Canada and South Africa on WTO and trade negotiations issues and on the means to adjust to the challenges posed by multilateral trade negotiations.

Until 27 March 2008, David Luff was the Director of the Programme Management Unit for the TradeCom Facility, an all-ACP trade-related assistance programme, financed by the European Development Fund. He was in charge of the planning, conduct and evaluation of more than fourty projects and more than one hundred requests for technical assistance throughout the ACP region. There is a measurable track record of TA activities that he and his team have been managing throughout entire project cycles, according to strict and carefully planned quality criteria. David Luff is now designing activities is one of the components of the EU-Vietnam Trade Technical assistance project MUTRAP III.

David Luff is a professor of international trade law at the Universities of Brussels and Liege in Belgium, at the College of Europe, and at the Bocconi University in Milan. He obtained a PhD at the University of Brussels. His thesis examined the regulatory powers of States under WTO law to pursue domestic policy objectives. David Luff published several articles in international reviews on subjects related to WTO law and held visiting appointments in India, China, Vietnam, Switzerland and Italy. He trained trade officials of the EC, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, West African countries and China on WTO law and trade policy, including on SPS and TBT rules. He organised international workshops and conferences and oversaw training programmes. He is the author of a 1328 pages book in French, which provides an exhaustive and critical analysis of the WTO law and its jurisprudence.


Ph.D. 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

Selected publications


• Luff, D; ‘Le Droit de l'Organisation Mondiale du Commerce. Analyse Critique', 2004, Bruylant
• Luff, D ; Geradin, D; ‘The WTO and Global Convergence in Telecommunications and Audio-visual services', 2004, Cambridge University Press


• "The EC Regime for Imports of Fruits and Vegetables" in "Agriculture in WTO Law", Cameron May, London, 2005;
• "Telecommunications and Audio-visual Services: Considerations for a Convergence Policy at the WTO Level", Journal of World Trade, vol. 38, No 6, 2004, pp. 1059 to 1086;
• "The Legal Implications of EU Enlargement on the EU's External Trade Policy", ERA Forum, No 3, 2004, pp. 380 to 408, with Margareta Djordjevic;
• "Current International Trade Rules Relevant to Telecommunications Services" in "The WTO and Global Convergence in Telecommunications and Audio-Visual Services", 2004, Cambridge University Press, pp. 34 to 51;
• "International Regulation of Audiovisual Services: Networks, Assignment of Scarce Resources and Terminal Equipment" in "The WTO and Global
• Convergence in Telecommunications and Audio-Visual Services", 2004, Cambridge University Press, pp. 243 to 275;
• Regulation of Health Services and International Trade Law", in A. Mattoo & P. Sauvé (eds), Domestic Regulation & Services Trade Liberalisation, The
• World Bank / Oxford University Press, Washington DC, 2003, pp. 191 to 221;
• "Considérations sur l'effet des rčgles de l'OMC dans les ordres juridiques belges et communautaires", Contribution to the 2002 Congress of the Academy of International Comparative Law, Brisbane, Australia, July 2002, published by Bruylant, Brussels, 2002, pp. 671-770;
• "International Trade Law Aspects of the Regulation of Broadband", Special issue of the Journal of Network Industries (JONI), July 2002, containing the proceedings of the ITU workshop on Broadband Regulation, pp. 239 to 271;
• "International Regulation of Postal Services: UPU vs. WTO rules", in The Liberalisation of Postal Services in the European Union, Kluwer Law International, 2002, pp. 39 to 91;
• "Multilateral Trade Issues and Liberalisation: Current and Future Perspectives", in D. Géradin (Ed) The Liberalisation of State Monopolies in the European Union and Beyond, Kluwer Law International, 1999, pp. 331-358;
• "L'embargo et le droit de l'Union Européenne", in L'embargo, International Symposium, European Society for Banking and Financial Law, Bruylant, Brussels, 1996, pp. 87-121, with Lucette Defalque
• The Trade Barriers Regulation and the Community's Market Access Policy", European Foreign Affairs Review, 1996, 2, pp. 211-231, with Paulette Vander Schueren;
• An Overview of The International Law of Sustainable Development and a Confrontation Between WTO Rules and Sustainable Development", Belgian Review of International Law, 1996, pp. 90-144.
Book reviews
• Basic Legal Instruments for the Liberalisation of Trade. A Comparative Analysis of EC and WTO Law", by Federico Ortino, E.L. Rev., vol. 30, 2005, pp. 156 to 161.
• State Trading in the Twenty-First Century", Thomas Cottier and Petros C. Mavroidis (Eds), Krista Nadavukaren Schefer (Associate Ed), 3 JIEL 2 (2000) and 1 JONI 1 (2000);
Other contributions
• "Legal Aspects of Business Development in Europe and India: Business Law and Litigation", in Doing Business With Europe. Collection of Articles Referring to the Economic and Legal Environment of Business Between India and Europe, Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Paris, 2004.
• WTO and China: Being in the know at the World Trade Organisation", Europe Tribune, Vol. 1, n°1, 2003.
• "L'OMC et l'Union européenne", printed version of the course given at the Annual Professional Educational Programme of the Conference of French and German speaking Bars of Belgium, October - November 2001.


Secretaria del Estado de Turismo y Comercio Universitat de Barcelona Departament Economia i Finances de la Generalitat de Catalunya Ajuntament de Barcelona