Gregory Shaffer

Chancellor’s Professor of Law

Director, Center on Globalization, Law, and Society

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International Law and International Trade and Investment Law


Professor Shaffer is a leading authority on international trade law and law and globalization. His publications include six books and over 80 articles and book chapters on international trade law, global governance, and globalization’s impact on domestic regulation. His work is cross-disciplinary, addressing such topics as public-private networks in international trade litigation; comparative institutional approaches to trade-social policy conflicts; and national regulation in global context.

He previously was Melvin C. Steen Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School, Wing-Tat Lee Chair at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, and Professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he also directed two university research centers on world affairs and the global economy and the European Union. He received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Dartmouth College and his J.D., with distinction, from Stanford Law School. He practiced law in Paris for seven years for Coudert Frères and Bredin Prat, where he was a member of the Paris bar.

Professor Shaffer has served as Vice President of the American Society of International Law (2014-2016), where he also was representative to the American Council of Learned Societies (2014-present), Honorary Counsel, member of the Executive Council, member of the Executive Committee, and co-Chair of the ASIL’s International Economic Law Group.

Professor Shaffer is on the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law, the Journal of International Economic Law, AJIL Unbound, and on the Advisory Board of the Journal of Transnational Environmental Law. He is founding Board member of the Society of International Economic Law, served as Chair of the AALS Section on Economic Globalization and Governance (2014), and founding coordinator of the Law and Society Association Collaborative Research Network on Transnational and Global Legal Ordering.

He is a recipient of multiple U.S. National Science Foundation awards, was a Shimizu Visiting Professor at London School of Economics, a Fernand Braudel Fellow at the European University Institute, a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar in Rome, and a Visiting Scholar at the American Bar Foundation. He has given invited lectures in over 25 countries.

Professor Shaffer has also published one chapbook of poems, Forest (Artemis, 1998), and his poems have appeared in around a dozen journals.

Current Courses:

Jurisprudence: The Canon of American Legal Thought

Prior Courses:

International Trade Law, International Law, Transnational Law, Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, International Legal Analysis, European Union Law and Its Influence

Recent Publications

Prof. Shaffer’s Scholarly Papers on SSRN

Recent and Upcoming Events

  • March 31, 2016:
    Moderator, Theorizing Transnational Legal Orders, American Society of International Law Annual Meeting, Washington, DC
  • Oct. 27, 2015:
    Presenter, “Theorising Transnational Legal Orders,” LSE Law Matters public lecture, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Oct. 25, 2015:
    Speaker, “Researching Transnational Legal Orders” at Transnational Law Institute, King’s College London
  • May 2015:
    Transnational Legal Orders, Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Seattle
  • May 2015:
    Transnational Legal Ordering and Private Law Symposium, UCI
  • April 6, 2015
    Chancellor’s Professor Lecture, UC Irvine
  • April 2015:
    Roundtable on the Reform of Subsidy Law, World Economic Forum, Geneva
  • April 2015:
    Transparency in the WTO: A Critical Analysis, ASIL Washington DC
  • March 2015:
    Trade and Investment Workshop, UCI
  • March 2015:
    New Legal Realist Theory, University of Denver
  • February 2015:
    “State Transformation and the Rise of Lawyers: The WTO, India, and Transnational Legal Ordering,” UCI
  • February 2015:
    “State Transformation and the Rise of Lawyers: The WTO, India, and Transnational Legal Ordering,” UCLA
  • February 2015:
    Charlie Hebdo Roundtable, UCI Humanities
  • January 2015:
    Transnational Legal Orders, UCI Sociology department
  • January 2015:
    Transatlantic Regulatory Cooperation and TTIP, AALS Washington DC
  • August 2014:
    Presenter, A Dynamic New Legal Realism conference, UC Irvine School of Law
  • July 11, 2014:
    Presenter, “How the WTO Shapes Regulatory Governance,” SIEL Biennial Conference, Bern, Switzerland

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