Prof. Julien CHAISSE 夏竹立教授
Professor 教授
Tel (852) 3943 1900
Fax (852) 2994 2505

Room 523,
Faculty of Law,
5/F, Lee Shau Kee Building,
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Sha Tin, NT, Hong Kong SAR

Julien Chaisse is Professor of Law at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He is an award-winning specialist in international economic law with particular expertise in the regulation and economics of foreign investment. His research also covers other relevant fields, such as WTO law, international taxation and the law of natural resources. Before joining the CUHK Law Faculty in 2009, Prof. Chaisse served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France, and started his academic career in Europe. Since then, Prof. Chaisse is frequently invited as a guest lecturer to many academies and universities around the world, including the Academy of International Investment and Trade Law, Columbia University, Brown University and Boston University (U.S.), Passau University (Germany) and Melbourne University (Australia) where he is a Senior Fellow to the Law School.

Prof. Chaisse has authored a broad body of well-regarded and widely-cited articles on topics ranging from the rise of sovereign wealth funds, the regulation of foreign investment, and decision-making challenges facing the WTO, which have been published in the top refereed journals of international law. In recognition of his outstanding scholarly achievements, Prof. Chaisse received the CUHK Research Excellence Award in 2012, and was appointed Director of the Center for Financial Regulation and Economic Development of CUHK Law since 2013. Prof. Chaisse organized several academic events at CUHK and he launched the "Asia FDI Forum" series, a high-profile annual conference focusing on the law and economics of FDI in Asia. The Asia FDI Forum I focused on sustainable investment while the Asia FDI Forum II addressed China's international investment policy. The upcoming Asia FDI Forum III (May 11-12, 2017) explores the evolving China-EU investment relationships.

In addition to scholarly work, Prof. Chaisse has wide experience as a practitioner, and is engaged as expert, counsel and arbitrator in transnational dispute settlement. Apart from his frequently being interviewed by local and international media on current events and legal issues,  Prof. Chaisse is also regularly invited to provide legal advice and training courses on cutting-edge issues of international economic law for international organizations, governments, multinational law firms and private investors, including Ernst & Young, Deloitte U.S., Maxwell Stamp, the United Nations ESCAP and ITC, World Trade Organization, ASEAN Secretariat, European Commission, Asian Development Bank, numbers of European countries and ASEAN member states. Prof. Chaisse was appointed a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council (Trade and FDI) for the term 2016-2018 which is the world's foremost interdisciplinary knowledge network dedicated to promoting innovative thinking on critical global issues, regions and industries, and incubating projects, campaigns and events for the public good.  Prof. Chaisse is also a member of the ICANN Working Group that is currently conducting a review of all rights protection mechanisms in all Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs).

  • Ph.D. in Law, University of Aix-Marseille, France (1stclass)
  • LL.M. European Law, University of Rennes, France (1stclass)
  • M. Phil. International Law, University of Tübingen, Germany (1stclass)
  • LL.B. University of Aix-Marseille, France (1stclass)
  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
  • CUHK Vice-Chancellor's Exemplary Teaching Award 2015
  • CUHK Research Excellence Award 2012
  • University of Aix-Marseille European Award 2009 for the Best Law PhD Thesis
  • Arbitrator, empaneled with a number of international centers, including Dubai International Arbitration Center (DIAC), Chinese Arbitration Association (CAA), Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre (ADNDRC), Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA), Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration (SCIA)
  • Member of the Board of Review, Inland Revenue Ordinance, Government of Hong Kong SAR
  • Steering Committee Member, European Union Academic Programme in Hong Kong (EUAP
  • Member of the World Economic Forum's Network of Global Agenda Councils, Geneva
  • Executive Board Member, World Trade Advisors, Geneva (WTA)
  • Senior Fellow, School of Law, Melbourne University, Australia (Melbourne Law Masters)
  • Senior Fellow, World Trade Institute, Switzerland (Master of International Law and Economics)
  • Senior Fellow, Fellow International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, Switzerland (ICTSD)
  • Professor, Academy of International Investment and Trade Law (AIITL)
  • Professor, Master of Arts in European Studies, Université libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) and Institute of European Studies of Macau (IEE - MAS)
  • Associate Researcher, Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities in New Delhi (India), French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (CSH)
Representative Publications


  • The Regulation of Global Water Services Market (London: Cambridge University Press, 2017) 446 p.
    Full text: Cambridge University Press (Purchase)
  • International Economic law and Governance-- Essays in the Honour of Mitsuo Matsushita (London: Oxford University Press, 2016) 624 p.
    Full text: Oxford University Press (Purchase)
  • Charting the Water Regulatory-- Future Issues, Challenges and Directions (London: Edward Elgar, New Horizons in Environmental and Energy Law series, 2016) 448 p. 
    Full text: Edward Elgar (Purchase)
  • The ASEAN Comprehensive Investment Agreement-- The Regionalization of Laws and Policy on Foreign Investment (London: Edward Elgar, International Investment Law Series edited by Andrea K. Bjorklund and August Reinisch, 2016) 265 p. 
    Full text: Edward Elgar (Purchase)
  • Legal Issues of Economic Globalization-- A Commentary on the Law and Practice (Hong Kong: Wolters Kluwer, 2015) 784 p. 
  • China and Hong Kong-- An International Tax Perspective (Hong Kong: Wolters Kluwer, 2014) 337 p. 
  • Expansion of Trade and Foreign Direct Investment in Asia-- Strategic and Policy Challenges (London: Routledge, 2011) 308 p.
  • Competitiveness of ASEAN Economies-- Corporate and Regulatory Drivers (Northampton: Edward Elgar, Peter J. Buckley's series on New Horizons in International Business, 2010) 336 p.
  • Essays on the Future of the WTO, Volume I-- Policies and Legal Issues (Geneva: Editions Inter-universitaires Suisses (Edis), 2008) 384 p.
  • Essays on the Future of the WTO, Volume II-- WTO Judicial System (Geneva: Editions Inter-universitaires Suisses (Edis), 2008) 480p.
  • Ensuring the Conformity of Domestic with the Law of the World Trade Organisation-– India as a case study (New Delhi: Rajdhani Press/CSH, 2005) 188p.

Journal Articles

  • 'Labor Migration in a Globalized World-- The Human Journey's Challenges for International Law and Policy ' (2017) 31(1) Emory International Law Review 51-94
    Full text: Emory International Law Review
  • 'Renewables Re-Energized? The Internationalization of Green Energy Investment Rules and Disputes' (2016) 9(4) Journal of World Energy Law & Business 269-281
    Full text: Oxford University Press Journals
  • 'Shareholder Protection Reloaded-- Redesigning the Matrix of Shareholder Claims for Reflective Loss' (2016) 52(1) Stanford Journal of International Law 51-94
    Full text: Stanford Journal of International Law
  • 'Normative Obsolescence of WTO Anti-Dumping Agreement-- Topography of the Global Use and Misuse of Anti-Dumping Measures' (2016) 6(2) Asian Journal of International Law 223-263 
    Full text: Cambridge University Press Journals
  • 'Navigating the Expanding Universe of International Treaties on Foreign Investment-- Creation and Use of a Critical Index' (2015) 18(1) Journal of International Economic Law 79-115
    Full text: Oxford University Press Journals
  • 'The Evolving and Multilayered Investment Regulatory Framework between the European Union and India' (2014) 20(3) European Law Journal 385-422 
    Full text: Wiley Online Library
  • 'Deconstructing the Conformity Obligation-- A Theory of Compliance as a Process' (2014) 37(4) Fordham International Law Journal 57-98 
    Full text: Fordham International Law Journal 
  • 'Maintaining the WTO's Supremacy in the International Trade Order-- A Proposal to Refine and Revise the Role of the Trade Policy Review Mechanism' (2013) 16(1) Journal of International Economic Law 9-36 
    Full text: Oxford University Press Journals
  • 'Exploring the Confines of International Investment and Domestic Health Protections-- General exceptions clause as a forced perspective' (2013) 39(2/3) American Journal of Law & Medicine 332-361 
    Full text: American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics
  • 'Promises and Pitfalls of the European Union Policy on Foreign Investment' (2012) 15(1) Journal of International Economic Law 51-84 
    Full text: Oxford University Press Journals
  • Sovereign Wealth Funds as Corporations in the Making - Assessing the Economic Feasibility and Regulatory Strategies' (2011) 45(4) Journal of World Trade 837-875
    Full text: Kluwer Law
  • 'Why Will China Establish a Government-Sponsored Response Mechanism in Countervailing Games?' (2009) 10(2) Journal of World Investment and Trade 227-240
    Full text: Brill Online
  • 'Implementing World Trade Organization Rules through Negotiation and Sanction' (2007) 28(1) University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law 153-186
    Full text: Penn Law
  • 'EC and WTO: Adapting the European Community Legal Structure to the International Trade' (2006) 17(6) European Business Law Review 1615-1635
    Full text: Kluwer Law

Book Chapters

  • 'Global Water Services Market and the Law-- A Paradigm in the Making' in Julien Chaisse (ed) The Regulation of Global Water Services Market (London: Cambridge University Press, 2017) 
    Full text: Cambridge University Press 12-41
  • 'Developing and Strengthening International Economic Law: the Contribution of Mitsuo Matsushita' in Julien Chaisse and Tsai-yu Lin (eds) International Economic law and Governance-- Essays in the Honour of Mitsuo Matsushita (London: Oxford University Press, 2016) 12-39
    Full text: Oxford University Press
  • 'Untangling the Triangle - Issues for State-Controlled Entities in Trade, Investment and Competition Law' in Julien Chaisse and Tsai-yu Lin (eds) International Economic law and Governance-- Essays in the Honour of Mitsuo Matsushita (London: Oxford University Press, 2016) 233-258
    Full text: Oxford University Press
  • 'The Impact of International Investment Agreements on the Greek Default' in Chin Leng Lim and Bryan Mercurio (eds) International Economic Law after the Global Crisis-- A Tale of Fragmented Disciplines (London: Cambridge University Press, 2015) 306-328
    Full text: Cambridge University Press
  • 'The Regulation of Investment in the TPP - Towards a defining international agreement for the Asia-Pacific region' in Jansen Calamita and Mavluda Sattorova (eds) The Regionalization of Investment Treaty Arrangements--Developments and Implications (London: British Institute of International and Comparative Law (Series 'Current Issues in Investment Treaty Law' Volume 5, 2014) 270-319 
    Full text: British Institute of International and Comparative Law
  • 'The Regulation of Sovereign Wealth Funds in the European Union' in Karl P. Sauvant, Lisa Sachs, and Wouter P.F. Schmit Jongbloed (eds) Sovereign Investment-- Concerns and Policy Reactions (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012) 462-495
    Full text: Oxford University Press
  • 'Towards Innovations in Investment Rule-Making?' in Chin Leng Lim, Deborah Elms, Patrick Low (eds) The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)-- A Quest for Twenty-first Century Trade Agreement (London: Cambridge University Press, 2012) 147-170
    Full text: Cambridge University Press
  • 'The Regulatory Framework of International Investment-- The Challenge of Fragmentation in a Changing World Economy' in Thomas Cottier and Panagiotis Delimatsis (eds) The Prospects of International Trade Regulation-- From Fragmentation to Coherence (London: Cambridge University Press 2010) 417-451
    Full text: Cambridge University Press
  • 'Non-Trade Norms in the World Trade Organisation Litigation' (in French) in Yves Schemeil & Wolf-Dieter Eberwein (eds) Normer le Monde: L'énonciation des normes internationales (Paris: L'Harmattan, 2009) 225-248
    Full text: L'Harmattan

Recent Policy Notes
  • 'Understanding Asian investment regime complexity: what to do about it?', Institute of Developing Economies (IDE-JETRO) Discussion paper No. 626, January 2017
    Full text: IDE Discussion paper series (Free)
  • 'Was 2016 the year the world turned its back on free trade?', The Conversation, January 16, 2017 (with Qian Wang)
    Full text: The Conversation (Free)
  • 'Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP): ¿hacia el caos de otro paradigma comercial?' 17(10) ICTSD Puentes, 2017 
    Full text: ICTSD Puentes (Free)
  • The Rise of Disputes in Cross-Border Water Services, Hong Kong Lawyer, June 2016 
    Full text: Hong Kong Lawyer
  • Investment Recommendations for RCEP, Asian Trade Centre No. 16-09, May 2016, 8 p.
    Full text: Asian Trade Center
  • International Investment Law and Taxation: From Coexistence to Cooperation, World Economic Forum E15 Task Force on Investment Policy, 2016 
    Full text: E15 initiative
  • Water privatization in the world: implications for sustainable development policy, Australian APEC Study Centre, Vol. 3 APEC Currents, 2015
    Full text: Australian APEC Study Centre (Free)
  • 'The Transpacific Partnership: What is the future of investment arbitration in Asia-Pacific?' 16(7) HK45 / HKIAC Newsletter, 2015 
    Full text: HK45 / HKIAC Newsletter (Free)
  • 'Privatización del agua en América Latina: implicancias para las políticas de desarrollo sostenible' 16(7) ICTSD Puentes, 2015 
    Full text: ICTSD Puentes (Free)
  • Asian noodle bowl of international investment agreements: how to mitigate the problems?, Australian APEC Study Centre, Current Issues in Asia Pacific Foreign Direct Investment, 2015
    Full text: Australian APEC Study Centre (Free)
  • 'Tendencias globales en la construcción de normas y arbitraje de inversión' 15(8) ICTSD Puentes, 2014 
    Full text: ICTSD Puentes (Free)
Research profile and current activities

Research Interests

  • Transnational law
  • Cyberlaw (domain names, trademarks, ICANN)
  • International law of foreign investment
  • Law of the World Trade Organisation
  • International Arbitration



Research Projects

  • 'Towards a China-EU Bilateral Investment Treaty-- Issues, Challenges and Directions', General Research Fund (GRF), Hong Kong SAR Research Grants Council, 2016-2018, US$150,000
  • 'Consumer Policy in China-- Protecting the Citizens, Strengthening the Domestic Market and Building an Ecological Civilization' as Principal Investigator (Principal Investigator Prof. Fernando Dias Simões), Macau SAR Research Grants Council, 2016-2018, US$300,000
  • 'Managing the Globalization of Water Services in a World Affected by Climate Change: Regulatory and Economic Challenges' as Principal Investigator, supported by the World University Network (WUN), 2014-2017, US$70,000
  • 'The Changing Paradigm of Economic Diplomacy in Asia', Taiwan Collaboration Fund, CUHK Office of Academic Links (OAL), 2016-2017, US$5,000
  • 'Do Bilateral Investment Treaties Increase Foreign Direct Investment Flows? Revisiting the role of legal parameters in economic empirical researchas co-investigator with Prof. Christian Bellak, supported by the Vienna University of Business and Economics (WU), Arbeitskammer Vienna (Austria), and the CUHK Cheng Foundation Fund (No.I12076), 2011-2017, US$200,000
  • 'The Practice of Treaty-Shopping in international law' as Principal Investigator, AECSRP IEEM Academic Research Project Grant 2014-2015, US$9,000
  • 'Hong Kong Foreign Direct Investment Profile', supported by CUHK New Asia College the Chiap Hua Cheng's Foundation Fund in cooperation with Columbia University, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment [completed 2013]
  • 'United States of America and China Trade Litigation in the WTO' (我国入世以来利用WTO争端解决机制解决中美贸易争端的实践与经验研究) Chinese Ministry of Education (No. 12JJD790022) with Prof. LUAN Xinjie [completed 2012]
  • 'Regulatory Strategies of Sovereign Wealth Fund in making', supported by the Earmarked Research Grant (ERG), CUHK [completed 2011]

Arbitration: Disputes Recently Decided by Prof. Chaisse

  • Case 'Galaxy Entertainment Ltd. v. Martin Mir', Decision HK-1600899, October 26, 2016
  • Case 'ASSAB Pacific Pte. Ltd. v. San Ming', Decision HK-1600872, July 6, 2016
  • Case 'V Intellect Company Limited v. Marguerite Patrie', Decision HK-1500821, January 25, 2016
  • Case 'Promgirl LLC v. Ma Gang'HK-1500800, December 13, 2015
  • Case 'Envato Pty Ltd v. James Smith', HK-1500752, June 17, 2015
  • Case 'Rimowa GmbH v. Pisa Yu'HK-1500728, May 25, 2015