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Mark Appel

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Mark Appel has nearly 40 years of global arbitration and mediation experience, having served in both executive and senior executive positions at the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), leaving ICDR/AAA as Senior Vice President, EMEA in December of 2015.

While serving as an AAA Executive, Mr. Appel personally administered or was responsible for the administration of thousands of commercial arbitrations and mediations.

Mark Appel is thoroughly familiar with both Civil and Common law arbitration and mediation expectations, practice and procedure, with 40 years of experience as a neutral in the US and EMEA.


Mark’s practice encompasses both Commercial/Construction and Investor-State matters.


Mark has assisted in training arbitrators and mediators on four continents on behalf of various arbitral institutions, government ministries, Courts and NGOs.


Prior to joining ArbDB Chambers in 2016, Mark was Senior Vice President, EMEA, for the American Arbitration Association (AAA/ICDR).

In cooperation with industry experts, Mr. Appel has drafted multiple sets of arbitration and ADR procedures, including online, “desk” arbitration procedures for manufacturers and suppliers and Dispute Review Board procedures.

An experienced mediator, Mr. Appel is an Honorary Director of the International Mediation Institute (IMI). From 2016 until 2020, Mr. Appel served as Chair of the IMI Investor-State Mediation Task Force, working with state and investor representatives, experts, academics, the Energy Charter Secretariat, ICSID and UNCITRAL on investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) reform and mediation.

Mr. Appel has mediated cases, including complex multi-party cases, in various industries including Construction/Infrastructure, Energy, Technology, Commercial Finance, Joint Venture/Partnership, Real Estate and Equipment Leasing.

Mr. Appel has consulted with individual companies and whole industries on dispute resolution design. Mr. Appel also participated in a series of ground-breaking corporate dispute resolution and conflict management benchmarking surveys of leading French corporations.

At the request of several government ministries of justice and economic development and global NGOs, Mr. Appel has worked with community stakeholders including Bar Associations, Chambers of Commerce and the Courts to build new Arbitration and Mediation Centers in the EMEA region.

Mr. Appel has taught arbitration law and procedure and overview courses in dispute resolution at the graduate and post-graduate (law) levels in multiple jurisdictions.

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