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

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 ReviewTulane Law ReviewGeorge Mason Law ReviewFlorida State University Law ReviewPepperdine 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 regional and mega-regional trade and investment treaties like the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership among the eleven Pacific Rim states, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (NAFTA 2.0) and the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement. That work led him to speak on or moderate various panels at the 2018 Research Forum of the American Society of International Law (ASIL) (plenary trade law panel), ASIL annual meetings, the Joint ASIL-ESIL-Max Planck Scholarship Workshop in Heidelberg, 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 is Co-Chair of the 114th Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law (ASIL) in 2020. The 4-day Annual Meeting attracts over 1,000 attendees, features over 230 speakers, and is one of the largest annual international law events in the U.S., if not the world. He also serves on the ASIL Executive Committee, was the immediate past Co-Chair of the ASIL International Economic Law Interest Group, and co-chaired the 2018 ASIL Research Forum at UCLA Law.

Professor Wong is an Advisory Board Member of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA), a prominent educational forum in the field of international arbitration. He is also the immediate past Co-Vice Chair of the ITA Academic Council and served on the ITA Executive Council.  He co-chaired the 2017 Annual ITA Workshop in Dallas -- which regularly draws some 200 expert participants, including arbitrators, scholars, and practitioners from around the world – as well the 2013 ITA Winter Forum Conference in Miami.

Professor Wong is a Visiting Professor at Berkeley Law in the fall of 2019.


International Commercial and Investment Arbitration
International Investment Law

Representative Scholarship and Activities

Many publications below are available on this SSRN link.

The Vienna Convention and the Ordinary Meaning of International Law, 46  Yale J. Int'l L. __ (forthcoming 2021) (with Brian G. Slocum) 

THE IRAN-UNITED STATES CLAIMS TRIBUNAL (2d ed. forthcoming 2021) (with Charles Brower, et al.)

International Arbitration In The Asia-Pacific: Prospects And Challenges Of A Dynamic And Growing Field, 112  Am. Soc'y Int'l L. Proc. 97 (2018) (as moderator with co-panelists at the 2018 ASIL Annual Meeting)

Forum non Concurrence in the Resolution of Investment Treaty Disputes, 109 American Society Of International Law Proceedings 51 (2016) (as moderator with co-panelists at the 2016 ASIL Annual Meeting)

BG Group v. Argentina: A Supreme Misunderstanding of Investment Treaty Arbitration, 43 Pepp. L. Rev. 541 (2016) (invited symposium)

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

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)