Werner Zdouc is the Director of the WTO Appellate Body Secretariat since 2006, Werner Zdouc obtained a law degree from the University of Graz in Austria. He then went on to earn an LLM from Michigan Law School and a Ph.D. from the University of St Gallen in Switzerland. Dr Zdouc joined the WTO Legal Affairs Division in 1995, advised many dispute settlement panels, and conducted technical cooperation missions in many developing countries. He became legal counsellor at the Appellate Body Secretariat in 2001. In 2008-2009 he chaired the WTO Joint Advisory Committee to the Director‑General.
He has been a lecturer and Visiting Professor for international trade law at Vienna Economic University, the Universities of St. Gallen, Zurich, Barcelona, Seoul, Shanghai, and the Geneva Graduate Institute. From 1987 to 1989, he worked for governmental and non‑governmental development aid organizations in Austria and Latin America. Dr Zdouc has authored various publications on international economic law and is a member of the Trade Law Committee of the International Law Association.