Director, Center on International, Transnational, and Comparative Law
International Law and International Trade and Investment Law
Professor Shaffer is one of the world's leading authorities on international trade law and law and globalization. His publications include six books and over eighty 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 is Vice President of the American Society of International Law (2014-2016), where he has also served as representative to the American Council of Learned Societies (2014-2016), Honorary Counsel, member of the Executive Council, member of the Executive Committee (2013-2014), and co-Chair of the ASIL's International Economic Law Group (2010-2011).