Gregory Shaffer

Chancellor’s Professor of Law
Gregory Shaffer


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 100 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:

International Legal AnalysisInternational Trade and Investment Law

Prior Courses:

Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, European Union Law, International Law, International Legal Analysis, International Trade and Investment Law, International Trade Law, Jurisprudence: The Canon of American Legal Thought, Transnational Law

Prof. Shaffer’s Scholarly Papers on SSRN

  • May 10, 2019
    Keynote Speaker, Stanford Program in Law and Society, Stanford Law School, Stanford, CA
  • April 26, 2019
    Speaker, “How China Took on the U.S. at the WTO,” UCI CEO Roundtable, Aspen, Colorado
  • Jan. 5, 2019
    Speaker, Law and South Asian Studies and Comparative Law Joint Program - Trade and Investment Across Asia, 2019 AALS Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA
  • Oct. 4, 2018
    Featured Opening Speaker, “What is Interpretation Really About?” Evolutionary Interpretation in Different International Legal systems, University of Geneva Global Studies Institute, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Sept. 28, 2018
    Speaker, Concluding Conference Panel: Advancing Solutions to the Reform of International Investment Law, 13th Annual Columbia International Investment Conference , Columbia University, New York, NY
  • April 13, 2018
    Speaker, Rethinking International Trade and Investment Law, Harvard Law, Cambridge, MA
  • April 9, 2018
    Keynote Speaker, "Projecting Domestic Norms and Models to the International Realm," Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • April 6, 2018
    Moderator, “Challenges and Opportunities for International Trade Law Practice,” The American Society of International Law Annual Meeting, Washington, DC
  • April 6, 2018
    Speaker, “Retooling Trade Agreements for Social Inclusion,” Seminar – International Law and the New Global Political Economy, Georgetown Law, Washington, DC
  • Feb.16–18, 2017
    Speaker, opening panel “The new global politics: Is there space for trade multilateralism?” and closing panel “Addressing non-trade concerns at the WTO,” WTP@20 Conference, New Delhi