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 at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), Faculty of Law. He is an award-winning scholar of international law with a special focus on the regulation and development of economic globalization. His teaching and research include international trade/investment law, international taxation, law of natural resources, and Internet law. Prior to joining CUHK in 2009, Dr. Chaisse was a senior research fellow at the World Trade Institute (Switzerland). He also held an appointment as lecturer at elite school Sciences Po Aix (France) and served as a diplomat at the Embassy of France in New Delhi (India).

Dr. Chaisse is frequently invited to lecture at many academic institutions and leading universities around the world, including Columbia University (U.S.), University of Aix-Marseille (France), University of Oxford (U.K.), Melbourne University (Australia), Tokyo University (Japan), and Tsinghua University (China). Dr. Chaisse has published numerous well-regarded and widely-cited books and articles, such as “China's International Investment Strategy,” “Oxford University Press (2018); "The Regulation of Global Water Services Market," Cambridge University Press (2017); "International Economic Law and Governance," Oxford University Press (2016); "Shareholder Protection Reloaded," Stanford Journal of International Law (2016); "Navigating the Expanding Universe of International Treaties on Foreign Investment," Journal of International Economic Law (2015); "Maintaining the WTO's Supremacy in the International Trade Order," Journal of International Economic Law (2013); and "Promises and Pitfalls of the European Union Policy on Foreign Investment," Journal of International Economic Law (2012).

In recognition of his outstanding academic performance, Dr. Chaisse received the CUHK Vice-Chancellor's Exemplary Teaching Award in 2015 and the CUHK Research Award in 2012. Dr. Chaisse held the appointment of Director of the Centre for Financial Regulation and Economic Development at CUHK Law from 2013 to 2017, and has established forward-looking legal projects and events at CUHK, including the series of "Asia FDI Forum," which has become the most prominent conference on foreign investment law and economics in Asia. Since September 2017, he is the Director of the Law Faculty Research Postgraduates Programme (Ph.D. and M.Phil.).

In addition to his professorship, Dr. Chaisse is a well-experienced arbitrator (international joint ventures, restricting and financial services, sale of goods, IP licensing, Internet domain names, etc) and a leading consultant to international organizations, governments, multinational law firms, and private investors. Dr. Chaisse also is very active in community and professional activities locally and internationally. In Hong Kong, he serves as Advisory Board member of the Asian Academy of International Law (AAIL), Director of the Dot Trademark Policy Committee (DTPC), and Member of the Hong Kong’s Government Board of Review (Inland Revenue Ordinance). Dr. Chaisse is also member of some of the world's foremost organizations, including the World Economic Forum's International Trade and Investment Council and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in which Dr. Chaisse serves on the Working Group on gTLDs' rights protection mechanisms review and the Accountability and Transparency Review  program.

  • 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)
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong, Vice-Chancellor's Exemplary Teaching Award 2015
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong, Research Excellence Award 2012
  • University of Aix-Marseille, European Award 2008 for the Best Law PhD Thesis
CURRENT Appointments
  • Member, World Economic Forum (WEF) International Trade and Investment Council, Geneva
  • Executive Board Member, World Trade Advisors (WTA), Geneva
  • Senior Fellow, (ICTSD) International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, Switzerland
  • Member, Advisory Board Asian Academy of International Law (AAIL), Hong Kong
  • Director, Dot Trademark Policy Committee (DTPC), Hong Kong
  • Member, Board of Review, Inland Revenue Ordinance, Government of Hong Kong SAR
  • Steering Committee Member, European Union Academic Programme in Hong Kong (EUAP)
  • Arbitrator, empanelled with a number of international centers, including the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), Dubai International Arbitration Center (DIAC), Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC), Thailand Arbitration Center (THAC), Chinese Arbitration Association (CAA), Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre (ADNDRC), Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration (SCIA)
Representative Publications


  • China's International Investment Strategy-- Bilateral, Regional, and Global Law and Policy (London: Oxford University Press, 2018) 688 p.
    Full text: Oxford University Press (Purchase)
  • The Belt and Road Initiative—Law, Economics, and Politics (Boston: Brill, Nijhoff International Commercial Law Series, 2018) 1344 p. 
    Full textBrill (Purchase)
  • International Investment Treaties and Arbitration Across Asia (Boston: Brill, Nijhoff International Investment Law Series, 2018) 691 p. 
    Full textBrill (Purchase)
  • Paradigm Shift in International Economic Law Rule-Making-- TPP as a New Model for Trade Agreements? (Tokyo: Springer, Economics, Law, and Institutions in Asia Pacific Series, 2018) 526 p. 
    Full textSpringer (Purchase)
  • The Regulation of Global Water Services Market (London: Cambridge University Press, 2017) 446 p.
    Full text: Cambridge University Press (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)
  • 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)
  • China and Hong Kong-- An International Tax Perspective (Hong Kong: Wolters Kluwer, 2014) 337 p.
    Full text: Wolters Kluwer (Purchase)
  • Expansion of Trade and Foreign Direct Investment in Asia-- Strategic and Policy Challenges (London: Routledge, 2011) 308 p.
    Full text: Routledge (Purchase)

Journal Articles

  • 'The "Noodle Bowl Effect" of Investment Treaties in Asia-- The Phenomenon, the Problems, the Practical Solutions' (2019) 34(1) ICSID Review 44-69
    Full Text: Oxford University Press Journals
  • ‘The Doctrine of Legitimate Expectations-- International Law, Common Law, and Lessons for Hong Kong' (2018) 48(1) Hong Kong Law Journal 1-39
    Full Text:  Sweet &Maxwell
  • 'China's "Belt and Road" Initiative-- Mapping the World's Normative and Strategic Implications' (2018) 52(1) Journal of World Trade 163-185
    Full Text: Kluwer Law International
  • 'The EU investment court-- challenges on the path ahead' (2018) 219 Columbia FDI Perspectives [English and Chinese]
    Full Text: Columbia Center for Sustainable Investment
  • 'The State of Investor-State Arbitration-- A Reality Check of the Issues, Trends, and Directions in Asia-Pacific' (2017) 51(1) The International Lawyer 151-199
    Full Text: The International Lawyer – American Bar Association
  • '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
  • '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

  • Julien Chaisse, "The Growing Importance of Regional Mediation Centres", in Katia Fach Gómez & Catharine Titi (eds) Mediation in International Commercial and Investment Disputes (London: Oxford University Press) forthcoming 2019
  • Julien Chaisse, 'The EU Factor in Asia Investment Rule-making: Reset or Recalibration?', in Chester Brown and Mahdev Mohan (Eds) Regulation & Investment Disputes: Asian Perspectives (London: Cambridge University Press) forthcoming 2018
  • '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
  • '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, 2011) 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
Research profile and current activities

Research Interests

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



Research Projects

  • 'The European Union at the Crossroads of Global Order (EUCROSS)' as co-investigator, Jean Monnet Network (led by KU Leuven's Centre for Global Governance Studies), European Union's Erasmus+ programme, 2018-2021, €299,000
  • 'Towards a China-EU Bilateral Investment Treaty-- Issues, Challenges and Directions' as principal investigator, 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 co-investigator , Macau SAR Research Grants Council, 2016-2018, US$300,000
  • 'Do Bilateral Investment Treaties Increase Foreign Direct Investment Flows? Revisiting the role of legal parameters in economic empirical researchas principal investigator, 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
  • 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) [completed 2017]
  • The Changing Paradigm of Economic Diplomacy in Asia' as principal investigator, Taiwan Collaboration Fund, CUHK Office of Academic Links (OAL) [completed 2016]
  • 'The Practice of Treaty-Shopping in international law' as principal investigator, AECSRP IEEM Academic Research Project Grant [completed 2015]
  • 'Hong Kong Foreign Direct Investment Profile' as principal investigator, 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' as co-investigator (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' as principal investigator, supported by the Earmarked Research Grant (ERG), CUHK [completed 2011]