McGeorge School of Law

Jarrod Wong

Professor of Law, Co-Director, McGeorge Global Center for Business and Development, Co-Director, International Certificate of Concentration
Jarrod Wong
Phone: 916.739.7231
Website: SSRN
Office Hours
Tuesday from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and by appointment.


BA, Cambridge University
LLM, University of Chicago
JD, University of California, Berkeley


What I find fascinating about international arbitration is its remarkable ability to resolve effectively international disputes across not just state boundaries, but divisions of race, culture, language and even legal values and systems. It is at once utilitarian and allegorical.

Professor Jarrod Wong is Co-Director of the Global Center for Business and Development. He is a scholar in international dispute resolution and has been published in the Minnesota Law Review, Tulane Law Review, George Mason Law Review, Florida State University Law Review, Pepperdine Law Review, and Columbia Journal of Transnational Law among others. In particular, Professor Wong has written on complex problems in investor-state arbitration and delivered his papers at major international arbitration conferences around the world, including the Seventh Annual Fordham Law School Conference on International Arbitration and Mediation, the Fifteenth Investment Treaty Forum of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, and the Annual International Arbitration Conference held at the National Taiwan University.

More recently, Professor Wong has been studying the challenges to the legitimacy of investor-state arbitration amid the negotiation of mega-regional trade and investment treaties like the Trans-Pacific Partnership among twelve Pacific Rim states and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the U.S. and the E.U. That work led him to moderate panels at the annual meeting of the American Society of International Law (ASIL) and the Joint ASIL-ESIL-Max Planck Scholarship Workshop in Heidelberg, and to speak at Stanford Law School and the Asian Society of International Law Regional Conference in Hanoi. Much closer to home, he conceived and organized a symposium at McGeorge in 2016 on "Grappling with ISDS in and beyond the TPP and TTIP." Expert panelists at the symposium included the former U.S. Ambassador to Australia and Special Counsel to President Obama, the Chief of Investment Arbitration at the U.S. State Department's Office of the Legal Adviser, practitioners, and academics from the law schools of the University of Arizona, University of California, Berkeley, University of California, Davis, McGeorge School of Law, McGill, University of Michigan, Notre Dame, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil, Thomas Jefferson, Seattle, Stanford and University of Wisconsin.

Professor Wong serves on the Executive Committee and is Co-Vice Chair of the Academic Council of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA), a prominent educational forum in the field of international arbitration. He is Co-Chair of the 2017 Annual ITA Workshop in Dallas, which regularly draws 150-200 participants, including arbitrators, scholars, and practitioners from around the world. He also co-chaired the 2013 ITA Winter Forum Conference in Miami, and will co-chair the 2017 ITA Dallas Workshop.

Additionally, Professor Wong is Co-Chair of the International Economic Law Interest Group of the American Society of International Law (ASIL). He spoke on the lunch keynote panel at the 2015 ASIL Research Forum in Washington, D.C. on "Investor Dispute Settlement and the Rule of Law," and organized and moderated both a panel on the apparent fragmentation of the ISDS regime at the 2016 ASIL Annual Meeting and a panel on transparency in international economic law at the 2015 ASIL Annual Meeting.

As Co-Director of the Global Center at McGeorge, Professor Wong helps coordinate international research, publications, educational and conference programs with respect to global business and development. The Center is or has been involved in rule-of-law and other initiatives in Africa, China, Russia, and Central and South America. Our international program at McGeorge has been ranked by the U.S. News and World Report as among the nation's top international programs in the last eight of ten years, including the last four years.

Professor Wong holds various law degrees, graduating with first class honors from the University of Cambridge, Order of the Coif from University of California, Berkeley, and from the University of Chicago.



International Investment Law

Sale of Goods

Scholarship/Professional Activities

Many publications below are available on this SSRN link.

The Iran-United States Claims Tribunal (2d ed. forthcoming 2015) (with Charles Brower, et al.)

The Subversion of State-to-State Investment Treaty Arbitration, 53 Colum. J. Transnat'l L. (forthcoming 2014)

Panel Proceedings: Uncommon Remedies in International Dispute Resolution, 107 Am. Soc'y Int'l L. Proc. 33 (2014) (with co-panelists at the 2013 ASIL Annual Meeting)

The Misapprehension of Moral Damages in Investor-State Arbitration, Contemporary Issues in International Arbitration And Mediation: The Fordham Papers 2012 67 (A. Rovine, ed. 2013)

Arbitrating in the Ether of Intent, 40 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 165 (2012)

The 2006 Procedural and Transparency-Related Amendments to the ICSID Arbitration Rules: Model Intentions, Moderate Proposals, and Modest Returns, Yearbook On International Investment Law And Policy 233 (Karl Sauvant, ed. 2010) (Oxford Univ. Press) (with Jason Yackee) (peer reviewed)

Reconstructing the Responsibility to Protect in the Wake of Cyclones and Separatism, 84 Tul. L. Rev. 219 (2009)

Clawbacks: Prospective Contract Measures in an Era of Excessive Executive Compensation and Ponzi Schemes, 94 Minn. L. Rev. 368 (2009) (with Miriam A. Cherry)

Reply: Clawback to the Future, 95 Minn. L. Rev. Headnotes 19 (2010) (with Miriam A. Cherry), reply to Michael Macchiarola, In the Shadow of the Omnipresent Claw: In Response to Professors Cherry & Wong, 95 Minn. L. Rev. Headnotes 1 (2010)

Is the Prodigal Child Coming Home? U.S. Courts, Interim Measures, and the New York Convention, 2 Contemp. Asia Arb. J. 83 (2009) (symposium) (peer reviewed)

The Application of Most-Favored-Nation Clauses to Dispute Resolution Provisions in Bilateral Investment Treaties, 3 Asian J. WTO & Int’l Health L. & Pol’y (2008) (symposium) (peer reviewed)

Umbrella Clauses in Bilateral Investment Treaties:Of Breaches of Contract, Treaty Violations and the Divide Between Developing and Developed Countries in Foreign Investment Disputes, 14 Geo. Mason L. Rev. 135 (2006)

Court or Arbitrator — Who Decides Whether Res Judicata Bars Subsequent Arbitration Under the Federal Arbitration Act?, 46 Santa Clara L. Rev. 49 (2005)

The Issuance of Interim Measures in International Disputes:A Proposal Requiring a Reasonable Possibility of Success on the Underlying Merits, 33 Ga. J. of Int’l & Comp. L. 605 (2005)

General Valuation Principles: The Case of Santa Elena, in International Investment Law and Arbitration:Leading Cases from the ICSID, NAFTA, Bilateral Treaties and Customary International Law 747 (Todd Weiler ed., 2005) (Cameron May) (with Charles N. Brower)

A Passage Through India (and Beyond) or A Case of Love Thy Neighbour?, 8 Leiden J. Int’l L. 311 (1995) (with Christopher Hare)