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Visiting Professor, International Law
Spoken languages
English, French, German
Areas of expertise
  • Dispute settlement
  • Legal theory and legal philosophy
  • Internet governance
  • International courts and tribunals
  • International law (public, private)

Thomas Schultz received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Geneva and the European Academy of Legal Theory in Brussels. He has worked for the University of Geneva, King’s College London, the University of Cambridge, the Graduate Institute, and a law firm in Nice, France. He also acts as arbitrator in commercial arbitrations. Thomas is currently Professor of International Arbitration at the University of Geneva, Professor of Law at King’s College London, and Visiting Professor of International Law at the Graduate Institute. From 2018 to 2021, he was Co-Director of the Center for International Dispute Settlement (CIDS).

Thomas was the leading founder and is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of International Dispute Settlement. 

His work has been awarded the Jubilee Prize of the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences. He has also been a Swiss National Science Foundation Research Professor and a Swiss National Science Foundation Ambizione Fellow.


Research interests

Current research interests include the privatisation of justice, reform dynamics of international justice systems, and psychological mechanisms driving the production of international legal scholarship. He is also finishing a book with Niccolò Ridi and Jason Mitchenson on the role of comity in ‘rehumanising’ interactions among legal systems and among legal actors (Cambridge University Press), and is working on a book with Cédric Dupont and Jason Yackee on investment arbitration as a political system (Oxford University Press) and on an arbitration textbook with Stavros Brekoulakis (Hart/Bloomsbury).


Selected publications

Books, authored

  • Arbitration: A Very Short Introduction, with Tom Grant, Oxford University Press, 2021.
  • Transnational Legality: Stateless Law and International Arbitration, Oxford University Press, 2014.
  • Information Technology & Arbitration, Kluwer Law International, 2006.
  • Réguler le commerce électronique par la résolution des litiges en ligne : Une approche critique, Bruylant, 2005.
  • Online Dispute Resolution: Challenges for Contemporary Justice, with Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler, Kluwer Law International, 2004.

Books, edited

  • Oxford Handbook of International Arbitration, co-edited with Federico Ortino, Oxford University Press, 2020. 

Articles and book chapters

  • Literary Inspirations for International Adjudication, with François Ost, in Hélène Ruiz Fabri (ed.), Max Planck Encyclopaedia of International Procedural Law, Oxford University Press, 2021.
  • Investment Arbitration and Political Systems Theory, with Cédric Dupont and Jason Yackee, in T. Schultz and F. Ortino (eds), Oxford Handbook of International Arbitration, Oxford University Press, 2020, 697-716.
  • Legitimacy Pragmatism in International Arbitration: A Framework for Analysis, in J. Kalicki and M. Abdel Raouf (eds), Evolution and Adaptation: The Future of International Arbitration, ICCA Congress Series No. 20, Kluwer 2020, 25-51.
  • Shakespearean Legal Thought in International Dispute Settlement, with François Ost, 9 Journal of International Dispute Settlement 1 (2018).
  • Comity and International Courts and Tribunals, with Niccolò Ridi, 50 Cornell International Law Journal 577 (2018).
  • Investment Arbitration: Promoting the Rule of Law or Over-Empowering Investors? A Quantitative Empirical Study, with Cédric Dupont, 25 European Journal of International Law 1147 (2014).
  • Against Consistency in Investment Arbitration, in J. Pauwelyn, J. Vinuales and Z. Douglas (eds), The Conceptual Foundations of International Investment Law, Oxford University Press 2014, 297-316.
  • The Rise of a Third Generation of Arbitrators? Fifteen Years After Dezalay & Garth, with Robert Kovacs, 28 Arbitration International 163 (2012).
  • Carving Up the Internet: Jurisdiction, Legal Orders and the Private/Public International Law Interface, 19 European Journal of International Law 799 (2008).

Publications List