Farshad Ghodoosi

Senior Fellow – Iran

Farshad Ghodoosi is an assistant professor at the David Nazarian College of Business & Economics at California State University, Northridge.

About Farshad Ghodoosi

Farshad Ghodoosi is an assistant professor of business law at David Nazarian College of Business and Economics at California State University, Northridge. He is also a faculty affiliate at the Autonomy Research Center where he initiated and is the principal investigator of the project on Autonomy in Law conducting research projects related to computational law, artificial intelligence, crowdsourcing, and network games.

Mr. Ghodoosi’s research agenda concerns multiple areas including contracts, ADR, corporate governance, conflict management, and transnational law. In his research, he uses mixed methods including empirical, experimental, and computational analysis of legal texts. His work has appeared or is forthcoming at leading outlets including University of Illinois Law Review, Washington Law Review, International Journal of Conflict Management, Oregon Law Review, Nebraska Law Review, Lewis & Clark Law Review, Yale Journal of International Law, Harvard Journal of International Law Online, and Foreign Affairs. He also authored the book, International Dispute Resolution and the Public Policy Exception, with Routledge (2016, reprinted 2018), and is a recipient of several competitive research grants including from the National Science Foundation (NSF) on legal implications of automation, Knight Foundation on legal implications of internet contract designs on consumer behavior, CIBER (Center for International Business Education) on transnational contracts and economic hardship, and Ripple’s Fintech grant on smart contracts and blockchain transactions.

Mr. Ghodoosi received his doctoral degree (J.S.D.) from Yale Law School where he focused on the resolution of cross-border business disputes and arbitration in his research and dissertation. He also received a Master of Laws degree from Yale Law School and University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Berkeley Law). He is a recipient of the business law certificate from Berkeley Law, and has also received his PhD in International Relations from Florida International University in Miami, Florida.

Mr. Ghodoosi has practiced as an attorney in global litigation and arbitration practices of leading elite law firms on complex and high-stake business, investment, and contractual disputes. He has acted as a consultant in a leading technology consulting firm, and also serves as an expert on issues related to contract law, international law, and comparative law. He is an active arbitrator with FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) and has served as chair and panelist in arbitration proceedings. He is a member of the State Bar of California and the New York State Bar Association.

Litigation practice

Mr. Ghodoosi has extensive experience as counsel, arbitrator, and expert witness in domestic and international arbitration and litigation, securities disputes, investor state disputes, and public international law, across a broad range of sectors.

Mr. Ghodoosi has also practiced law before the Iranian courts for several years. In Iran, his litigation practice focused on commercial contracts, corporate law, real estate law and administrative law.

Mediation Practice

Mr. Ghodoosi has appeared as counsel in several mediation sessions, mostly in Iran. The cases involved matters ranging from corporate law to real estate law.

ADR Achievements and Training

  • Mr. Ghodoosi was awarded a Weinstein JAMS International Fellowship (2013)
  • He was a Howard M. Holtzmann Fellow in international dispute resolution at Yale Law School (2012-2013)

ADR Teaching and Mentoring

  • Mr. Ghodoosi has lectured on various issues related to ADR in several conferences.
  • He has taught a course at University of California, Berkeley and George Washington University on the topic of international law and international dispute resolution.

Publications and Education


“Contracting Risks: Computational and Normative Analyses of Force Majeure Clauses,” University of Illinois Law Review (forthcoming, 2022)

“Justice in Arbitration: The Consumer Perspective, International Journal of Conflict Management,” (forthcoming, 2022; with Monica M. Sharif, PhD)

“Contracting in the Age of Smart Contracts,” 96 Washington Law Review 52 (2021)

“Binding Political Commitments,” 2020 University of Illinois Law Review Online 235 (Oct. 15, 2020)

“Fall of Last Safeguard in Global Dejudicialization: The Problem of Protecting Public Policy in Private Business Disputes,” 98 Oregon Law Review 99 (2020)

“The Trump Effect: Assertive Foreign Policy Through Extraterritorial Application of Laws,” 51 George Washington International Law Review 661 (2019; invited paper)

“Arbitrating Public Policy: Why the Buck Should Not Stop at National Courts,” 20 Lewis & Clark Law Review 237 (2016)

“The Concept of Public Policy in Law: Revisiting the Role of the Public Policy Doctrine in the Enforcement of Private Legal Arrangements,” 94 Nebraska Law Review 685 (2016)

“The Sanctions Theory: A Frail Paradigm for International Law?” Harvard International Law Journal Online (2015)

“The Limits of the Free Movement of Capital: The Status of Customary International Law of Money,” 7 Northwestern Interdisciplinary Law Review 287 (2014)

“Combatting Economic Sanctions: Investment Disputes in Times of Political Hostility,” 37 Fordham International Law Journal 1732 (2014)

Book Note: “The Idea of Arbitration,” 39 Yale Journal of International Law 401 (2014)

Book: International Dispute Resolution and the Public Policy Exception (2017, reprint 2018 with Routledge)

Book Chapter: “Monetary Sovereignty and Capital Flow,” The Legal Implications of Global Financial Crises (2020)

Educational Qualifications

  • Doctor of the Science of Law, Yale Law School (December 2015)
  • Master of Laws, Yale Law School (May 2012)
  • Master of Laws, University of California, Berkeley School of Law (August 2012)
  • PhD in International Relations, Florida International University in Miami, Florida (2011)
  • Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature, University of Tehran (June 2007)
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Tehran (June 2005)

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