IJA International Judicial Academy

Officer/Staff Detail

Dr. James G. Apple

Chairman of the Board of Directors, President and Founder

(202) 247-6006 Ext.124

During his nine and one-half year tenure at the Federal Judicial Center, Dr. Apple was primarily responsible for directing the Center's international programs. He directed or co-directed more than 50 seminars and hundreds of briefings for judges and legal officials from 152 countries, in addition to his other duties.

At both the Federal Judicial Center and at International Judicial Academy, he has worked with and advised judges, court administrators, and Ministry of Justice officials from numerous developing countries around the world regarding analyzing court systems and judicial procedures; reforming courts and judicial practices; instituting changes in courts and court procedures; developing leadership strategies for change and reform, including strategic planning for change and future development; and evaluating reform processes.

For 22 years, Mr. Apple has designed and implemented judicial training programs that range from courses to study tours covering the Rule of Law and a Modern, Fair, Transparent and Efficient Court System; the Functions of the Judiciary; Judicial/Court Administration; Judicial/Court Procedures, and Court Architecture: Structures and Jurisdiction.

Through this experience, together with his 25 years of experience as a trial lawyer in both state and federal courts he has become an expert in the functions, management, procedures and administration of courts at both the trial and appellate levels.

While at the Federal Judicial Center, Mr. Apple was involved at the very beginning with the education of judges and court administrators from the Russian Federation about judicial and court reform in that country in the early 1990s. In 2001 he was a principal advisor to the Ministry of Justice of Thailand for a major court reform program underway in that country.

He has published numerous articles for both U.S. and foreign publications on judges, courts and court administration and has lectured on those subjects at judicial training institutes and universities outside of the United States. Before coming to Washington in 1990, Dr. Apple was a practicing trial lawyer in the Commonwealth of Kentucky for 25 years. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a member of the American Law Institute, and has held the rank of Advocate with the American Board of Trial Advocates.

He has a B.A. with Honors in Philosophy degree from the University of Virginia, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the student daily newspaper, the Cavalier Daily; a J.D. degree from the University of Virginia Law School, where he was an editor of the Virginia Law Review, and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in international and comparative law from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

He was awarded first prize in the British Red Cross national essay competition on international humanitarian law in 1990, for which he received short residential fellowships at the Henri Dunant Institute in Geneva, Switzerland and the Institute of International Humanitarian Law in San Remo, Italy. He is co-author of A Primer on the Civil Law System and Manual for Cooperation Between State and Federal Courts, both published by the Federal Judicial Center.

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