Raj K. Bhala

School of Law - Law School
Brenneisen Distinguished Professor
Raymond F. Rice Distinguished Professor
Primary office:
785-864-9224
Green Hall
Room 410
University of Kansas
1535 West 15th Street
Lawrence, KS 66045


Summary

Raj is the inaugural Leo. S. Brenneisen Distinguished Professor (2017-present) at the University of Kansas School of Law, before which he held the inaugural Rice Distinguished Professorship (2003-2017). Both are university-level chairs, the highest accolade for scholarship and research in Kansas. He has served as KU's Associate Dean for International and Comparative Law (2011-2017).

Raj practiced at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where he twice won the President's Award for Excellence, thanks to his service as a delegate to the United Nations Conference on International Trade Law. He is Senior Advisor to Dentons U.S. LLP, the world's largest law firm, focusing on international and comparative legal matters.

A Harvard Law School graduate, he completed Masters degrees at LSE and Oxford as a Marshall Scholar, and an undergraduate degree at Duke as an Angier B. Duke Scholar.

Raj is author of one of the world's leading textbooks in international trade law, International Trade Law: An Interdisciplinary, Non-Western Textbook, and the first treatise on GATT in nearly 50 years, Modern GATT Law. He is the first non-Muslim American scholar to write a textbook on Islamic Law, Understanding Islamic Law (Shar?'a). His newest book is on the Trans Pacific Partnership, TPP Objectively, and he is working on one on India, Business Law of Modern India.

"On Point" is his monthly column, which BloombergQuint (India) publishes (www.bloombergquint.com).

Raj is an avid long-distance runner and has completed three of the "World's Major Marathons" (Boston, Chicago, and New York), and is a student of Shakespeare and Hindi.

Raj's Wikipedia entry is https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raj_Bhala.

Education

Law Degree (J.D.), Harvard Law School

Masters Degree (M.Sc.), Management (Industrial Relations), Oxford University

Masters Degree (M.Sc.), Economics, London School of Economics (LSE)

Bachelors Degree (A.B.), Economics, Duke University

Research

Research Interests:

(1) International Trade, especially: linkages among poor countries, development economics and social justice theory; national security and peace through trade; and traditional trade remedies (antidumping and countervailing duties, and safeguards).

(2) Islamic Law (Shar?'a), especially Classical Theory, Islamic Finance, Sh???sm.

(3) International Law and Literature.

(4) Law of India.

Service

Administrative Responsibilities:

(1) Associate Dean for International and Comparative Law (8/11-12/17)

(2) Significantly responsible for creating and running the Two Year Juris Doctor (J.D.) Program for Foreign Trained Lawyers (3/04-present), Certificate in International Trade and Finance Program (3/04-present), and Doctorate of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) Program (5/06-present)

(3) Negotiated, drafted, and completed Memoranda of Understanding with several law schools in India, Korea, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

See Emily Sharp, KU Partners with India's Top Law Schools, KU TODAY, 10 April 2014, http://news.ku.edu/ku-law-partners-indias-top-law-schools

(4) University Distinguished Professor Steering Committee (6/04-6/07, re-elected 6/07-6/10, 6/10-6/12)

(5) University Committee on Distinguished Professorships (advises Provost on selection of DPs) (9/04-6/07)

(6) Law School Distinguished Professorship Committee (advises Law School on standards for, and selection of, DPs) (9/03-present)

(7) Executive Board, Kansas African Studies Center (5/06-5/09).

(8) Graduate and International Programs Committee (8/03-present, Chair, 8/12-8/17)

(9) Faculty Advisor, St. Thomas More Society (1/04-present)

(10) Faculty Advisor, Islamic Law Students Association (ILSA) (8/11-present)

(11) Co-Faculty Advisor, International Law Society (10/03-present)

(12) Co-Faculty Advisor, Asian Law Students Association (8/07-present)

Selected Publications

Bhala, R. (in press). 5th Edition, 2019 The new (5th, 2019) edition is four Volumes and totals approximately 4,000 pages. The previous edition (4th, 2015), was two Volumes of approximately 1,500 pages each. Thus, the new (5th) edition is an expansion of about 1,000 pages (3,000 versus 4,000 pages). This expansion reflects the increasing breadth and depth of the field of International Trade Law. This expansion also is user-friendly, as each Volume can be used as a course module, for separate courses or seminars. Or. International Trade Law: A Comprehensive Textbook Volume One: Interdisciplinary Foundations and Fundamental Obligations 1,494 pages Volume Two: Customs Law and National Security 648 pages Volume Three: Remedies 1,060 pages Volume Four: Preferences, Labor, Environment, and Intellectual Property 1,146 pages , Durham, North Carolina, U.S.A.: Carolina Academic Press.

Bhala, R. (in press). Second edition, 2019 The new edition of this book represents an expansion from the previous edition (1st, 2016) of approximately 400 pages. Much of that expansion is due to the withdrawal from TPP in January 2017 by the U.S., and the continuation of this free trade agreement by the other 11 TPP countries in the form of CPTPP -- the Comprehensive and Progress Agreement for Trans Pacific Partnership. TPP Objectively: An Interdisciplinary Analysis of CPTPP, Durham, North Carolina, U.S.A.: Carolina Academic Press.

Bhala, R. Gantz, D. Keating, S. B., Simões, B. G., & Witmer, E. (in press). WTO Case Review 2017. Arizona Journal of International Law, 35(2018).

Bhala, R. & Wood, C. N. (in press). Two Dimensional Hard-Soft Law Theory and the Advancement of Women's and LGBTQ + Rights through Free Trade Agreements. Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law, 47(2), 299-366. https://digitalcommons.law.uga.edu/gjicl/

Bhala, R. (2018). The Resurrection of Import Substitution. Bloomberg Quint (India). Bloomberg Quint (India) Mumbai (Bombay), India: Bloomberg Quint. https://www.bloombergquint.com/opinion/the-resurrection-of-import-substitution#gs.Ab2j4iE

Bhala, R. (2018). Trump’s “Principled Realism” Versus China’s Belt And Road Initiative. Bloomberg Quint (India). Bloomberg Quint (India) Mumbai, India: Bloomberg Quint. https://www.bloombergquint.com/global-economics/trumps-principled-realism-versus-chinas-belt-and-road-initiative#gs.QQsSU3w

Bhala, R. (2018). NAFTA 2.0 Negotiations: Nasty And False Trumpeting Again. Bloomberg Quint (India). Bloomberg Quint (India) Mumbai (Bombay), India: Bloomberg Quint. https://www.bloombergquint.com/opinion/2018/09/12/nafta-20-negotiations-nasty-and-false-trumpeting-again#gs.XHbjrD0

Bhala, R. (2018). Lessons About NAFTA Renegotiations from Shakespeare’s Othello: From the Three Amigo’s to America as Iago? Maryland Journal of International Law, 33(Issue 1, Fall 2018), 38-105. https://digitalcommons.law.umaryland.edu/mjil/vol33/iss1/4/

Bhala, R. (2018). India At 71: Can India Fill A China Trade Gap?,. Bloomberg Quint (India). Bloomberg Quint (India) Mumbai (Bombay), India: Bloomberg Quint. https://www.bloombergquint.com/opinion/2018/08/13/india-at-71-can-india-fill-a-china-trade-gap#gs.tnKN9wY

Bhala, R. (2018). Trade War Begins: Why China’s Growth Doesn’t Work For America Anymore. Bloomberg Quint (India). Bloomberg Quint (India) Mumbai (Bombay), India: Bloomberg Quint. https://www.bloombergquint.com/preview/story/LD64-y3zmqqH3KuFHWgWVV8XJQRkx9c9giCZ3YeWbQmKSbIVpbIl7JpNL-tcB-Th

Bhala, R. (2018). "America First" Need Not Mean "India Second". Bloomberg Quint (India). Bloomberg Quint (India) Mumbai (Bombay), India: Bloomberg. https://www.bloombergquint.com/opinion/2018/06/08/america-first-need-not-mean-india-second

Bhala, R. (2018). Reserve Bank of India. In R. Lastra & P. Conti-Brown (Eds.), Research Handbook on Central Banking (pp. 68-93). Cheltenham, United Kingdom, and Northampton, Massachusetts, U.S.A.: Edward Elgar Publishing. http://www.e-elgar.com

Bhala, R. (2018). What Trump Can Learn From Nixon About Iran. Bloomberg Quint (India). Bloomberg Quint (India) Mumbai (Bombay), India: Bloomberg Quint. https://www.bloombergquint.com/opinion/2018/05/04/what-trump-can-learn-from-nixon-about-iran

Bhala, R. (in press). Indian Argumentation in the 2015 Poultry Case. In E. Ulrich Petersmann, H. V Singh, & G. Ram Kumar (Eds.), India and WTO: Law, Economics, and Politics. London, England: Routledge. www.routledge.com

Bhala, R. (2018). Would A China-U.S. Trade War Be “Just”? Bloomberg Quint (India). Bloomberg Quint (India) Mumbai (Bombay), India: Bloomberg Quint. https://www.bloombergquint.com/opinion/2018/03/30/would-a-sino-american-trade-war-be-just

Bhala, R. (2018). Steel, Aluminium, and The New Trade War. Bloomberg Quint (India). Bloomberg Quint (India) Mumbai (Bombay), India: Bloomberg Quint. https://www.bloombergquint.com/opinion/2018/03/05/steel-aluminium-and-the-new-trade-war

Bhala, R. (2018). Trump Trade Policy Incoherence. Bloomberg Quint (India). Bloomberg Quint (India) Mumbai (Bombay), India: Bloomberg Quint. www.bloombergquint.com/opinion/2018/02/14/trump-trade-policy-incoherence

Bhala, R. (2018). Iran: Why This Time Is Different, And What's Next. Bloomberg Quint (India). Bloomberg Quint (India) Mumbai (Bombay), India: Bloomberg Quint. https://www.bloombergquint.com/opinion/2018/01/09/iran-why-this-time-is-different-and-what-next

Bhala, R. (2017). India's Long Road -- The Search for Prosperity [Review of the book India's Long Road -- The Search for Prosperity, Vijay Joshi]. Manchester Journal of International Economic Law, 14(3), 393-396. Manchester, England: University of Manchester. https://www.electronicpublications.org/stuff.php?id=682

Bhala, R. (2017). Solve the Indo-American Food Fight and Save the WTO Farm. Bloomberg Quint (India). Bloomberg Quint (India) Mumbai (Bombay), India. www.bloombergquint.com/opinion/2017/12/07/solve-the-indo-american-food-fight-and-save-the-wto-farm

Bhala, R. (2017). Understanding Mohammed bin Salman's Saudi Arabia. Bloomberg Quint (India). Bloomberg Quint (India) Mumbai (Bombay), India. https://www.bloombergquint.com/opinion/2017/11/18/understanding-mohammed-bin-salmans-saudi-arabia

Bhala, R. (2017). Targeting International Trade in Conventional Weapons. Bloomberg Quint (India). Bloomberg Quint (india) Mumbai (Bombay), India. https://www.bloombergquint.com/opinion/2017/10/14/targeting-international-trade-in-conventional-weapons

Bhala, R. (2017). TPP, American National Security, and Chinese SOEs. World Trade Review, 16(4 (October 2017)), 665-671. https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/world-trade-review/article/tpp-american-national-security-and-chinese-soes/893F12E43D73720E8BBA6DCD5BFC02EA

Bhala, R. (2017). NAFTA: No A's For Trump's Administration. Bloomberg Quint (India). Bloomberg Quint (India) Mumbai (Bombay), India: Bloomberg. https://www.bloombergquint.com/opinion/2017/09/19/nafta-no-as-for-trumps-administration

Bhala, R. (2017). Nine Dashes, lliberal Trade Interests, TPP, and Vietnam. Brown Journal of World Affairs, XXIII(2). https://www.brown.edu/initiatives/journal-world-affairs/about

Bhala, R. (2017). India at 70: Unwinding the Partition with GATT. Bloomberg Quint (India). Bloomberg Quint (India) Mumbai (Bombay), India. https://www.bloombergquint.com/opinion/2017/08/13/india-at-70-unwinding-partition-with-gatt

Bhala, R. Gantz, D. Keating, S. B., & Simões, B. G. (2017). WTO Case Review 2016. Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law, 34(2), 281-460.

Bhala, R. (2017). Modi's U.S. Visit Was Underwhelming. Here's How It Could Be Different. Bloomberg Quint (India). Bloomberg Quint (India) Mumbai (Bombay), India: Bloomberg. https://www.bloombergquint.com/opinion/2017/06/28/modis-us-visit-was-underwhelming-heres-how-it-could-be-different

Bhala, R. (2017). What America Can Learn From India About Iran. Bloomberg Quint (India). Bloomberg Quint (India) Mumbai (Bombay), India: Bloomberg. https://www.bloombergquint.com/opinion/2017/06/14/what-america-can-learn-from-india-about-iran

Bhala, R. (2017). A Quiz on International Trade and National Security. Bloomberg Quint (India). Bloomberg Quint (India) Mumbai (Bombay), India: Bloomberg. https://www.bloombergquint.com/opinion/2017/05/21/a-quiz-on-international-trade-and-national-security

Bhala, R. (2017). Exposing the Forgotten TPP Chapter: Chapter 17 as a Model for Future International Trade Disciplines on SOEs. Manchester Journal of International Economic Law, 14(1), 2-49. https://www.electronicpublications.org/catalogue.php?id=48

Bhala, R. (2017). Trump Trade Policy Creates Opportunities For India [Bloomberg Quint (India)]. Bloomberg Quint (India). Bloomberg Quint Mumbai (Bombay), India: Bloomberg. https://www.bloombergquint.com/opinion/2017/04/14/trump-trade-policy-creates-opportunities-for-india

Bhala, R. (2017). Is Trump Raj Trade Policy Narcissistic Populism? [Bloomberg Quint (India)]. Bloomberg Quint (India) 2017(March 17) Mumbai (Bombay), India: Bloomberg. https://www.bloombergquint.com/opinion/2017/03/17/is-trump-raj-trade-policy-narcissistic-populism

Bhala, R. Ku, J. Howse, R. & Weiss, M. (2017). Debate 2016 – To TPP or Not TPP? Should the U.S. Join the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Other International Trade Agreements? Journal of International Business and Law, XVI(1 (Winter 2016)), 52-74. http://heinonline.org/HOL/Page?handle=hein.journals/jibla16&collection=journals&id=60&startid=&endid=82 https://kuscholarworks.ku.edu/handle/1808/23402

Bhala, R. (2017). Defining ‘America First’ In The Trump Raj [BloombergQuintOpinion]. Bloomberg Quint (Bloomberg India) February 18, 2017 Mumbai (Bombay), India: Bloomberg. http://www.bloombergquint.com/opinion/2017/02/18/defining-america-first-in-the-trump-raj

Bhala, R. (2017). Given the Breadth and Depth of Law, Job Opportunities are Splendid (Chapter 10). In K. Vaidya (Ed.), Law for the Curious: Why Study Law? (pp. 96-100). Canberra, Australia: Curious Academic Publishing. https://www.linkedin.com/today/posts/kishor-vaidya-phd+0_0-8fBCGHmxktQKVjukJf2e

Bhala, R. (2017). TPP, American National Security, and Chinese SOEs. Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies Research Paper Series , January 2017 (No. RSCAS 2017/03 ), 22. http://cadmus.eui.eu/handle/1814/811

Bhala, R. (2017). Bloomberg Quint (India) Mumbai (Bombay), India: Bloomberg. http://www.bloombergquint.com/opinion/2017/01/20/the-trump-raj-begins-but-how-will-it-endure

Bhala, R. Gantz, D. Keating, S. & Simões, B. (2016). WTO Case Review 2015. Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law, 33, 505-629.

Bhala, R. (2016). Will India Be “Great Again” Too With President Trump?. Bloomberg Quint (India) Mumbai (Bombay), India: Bloomberg. http://www.bloombergquint.com/opinion/2016/11/09/is-india-made-great-again-too-with-president-trump

Bhala, R. (2016). Does India Matter to the U.S. Presidential Candidates?. Bloomberg Quint (India) 2016(November 7) Mumbai (Bombay), India: Bloomberg. http://www.bloombergquint.com/opinion/2016/11/07/does-india-matter-to-the-us-presidential-candidates

Bhala, R. (2016). TPP Objectively: Law, Economics, and National Security of History’s Largest, Longest Free Trade Agreement, http://www.cap-press.com/books/isbn/9781611639599/TPP-Objectively-Shipping-in-August

Bhala, R. (2016). Legal Instruments of Political and Economic Competition: TPP T&A and Automotive ROOs. Indian Journal of International Economic Law, 8(1 (2016)). https://www.nls.ac.in/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=12:indian-journal-of-international-economic-law-&catid=1:publications

Bhala, R. (2016). Understanding Islamic Law (Shari'a), 2nd Edition, http://www.cap-press.com/books/isbn/9781632849502/Understanding-Islamic-Law-Second-Edition

Bhala, R. (2016). Trans Pacific Partnership Intellectual Property Controversies. In J. Chaisse & T. Lin (Eds.), A "Liber Amicorum:" Mitsuo Matsushita, A Critical Assessment of the International Economic Law and Governance. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.

Tan Bhala, K. Yeh, W. & Bhala, R. (2016). International Investment Management: Theory, Practice, and Ethics, London, England: Routledge.

Bhala, R. (2015). Design and Challenges of Banking and Foreign Exchange Regulation in India. Asian Business Lawyer, 16(Fall), 27-72. http://asianbusinesslawyer.korea.ac.kr/xe/index.php?mid=Archives&category=2617&ckattempt=1&document_srl=2642

Bhala, R. Gantz, D. Keating, S. B., & Simões, B. G. (2015). WTO Case Review 2014. Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law, 31(2), 497-646. http://arizonajournal.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/WTO.Final_.pdf

Bhala, R. (2015). Dictionary of International Trade Law, Lexis Nexis.

Bhala, R. (2015). International Trade Law: An Interdisciplinary, Non-Western Textbook, New York, N.Y., U.S.A.: Lexis Nexis.

Bhala, R. & Cooper, M. W. (2015). Decentralized Trade Liberalization [Review of the book Liberalizing International Trade after Doha – Multilateral, Plurilateral, Regional and Unilateral Initiatives, David A. Gantz (New York, N.Y.: Cambridge University Press, 2013)]. World Trade Review 2014 Geneva, Switzerland.

Bhala, R. (2015). Is India Special Enough for the 301 List? India Law News, 7(1 (Spring 2015)), 1, 6-11. http://apps.americanbar.org/dch/committee.cfm?com=IC906787

Bhala, R. (2015). Fighting Iran with Trade Sanctions. Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law, 31(2), 251-356. http://arizonajournal.org

Bhala, R. Gantz, D. A., Keating, S. B., & Simões, B. G. (2015). WTO Case Review 2013. Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law, 31(2), 475-510. http://arizonajournal.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/7-WTO-Case-Review-2013.pdf

Bhala, R. & Cooper, M. W. (2014). Liberalizing International Trade after Doha: Multilateral, Plurilateral, Regional and Unilateral Initiatives [Review of the book Liberalizing International Trade after Doha – Multilateral, Plurilateral, Regional and Unilateral Initiatives, David A. Gantz (New York, N.Y.: Cambridge University Press, 2013)]. World Trade Review, 13(4/2014), 721-724. Geneva, Switzerland. http://journals.cambridge.org

Bhala, R. (2014). Trans-Pacific Partnership or Trampling Poor Partners? A Tentative Critical Review. Manchester Journal of International Economic Law, 11(1), 2-59. https://www.electronicpublications.org/catalogue.php?id=48

Bhala, R. & Keating, S. B. (2014). Diversity within Unity: Import Laws of Islamic Countries on Haram (Forbidden) Products. The International Lawyer, 47(3), 343-406. http://ilra.law.smu.edu/Journals/TIL.aspx http://hdl.handle.net/1808/14784

Bhala, R. (2014). First Generation Indian External Sector Reforms in Context. Trade, Law and Development, 5(1/Summer 2013), 7-42. http://tradelawdevelopment.com/index.php/tld/issue/view/5%281%29%20TL%26D%20%282013%29/showToc http://hdl.handle.net/1808/13045

Bhala, R. Gantz, D. A., Keating, S. B., & Simões, B. G. (2013). WTO Case Review 2012. Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law, 30(2013), 207-419.

Bhala, R. (2013). Modern GATT Law: A Treatise on the Law and Political Economy of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and Other World Trade Organisation Agreements, London, England: Thomson Sweet & Maxwell. http://www.sweetandmaxwell.co.uk/Catalogue/ProductDetails.aspx?productid=289682&recordid=5273

Bhala, R. (2013). Four Points about Trade and Human Rights. In A. Rahman Chowdhury, University of Dhaka, Faculty of Law, Dhaka, Bangladesh, J. Hossain Bhuiyan, I. Carr, & S. Alam (Eds.), International Trade Law and the WTO (pp. 354-390). Australia: Federation Press. http://www.federationpress.com.au/bookstore/book.asp?isbn=9781862878792

Bhala, R. & Gantz, D. A. (2013). WTO Case Review 2011. Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law, 29(2), 287-476.

Bhala, R. & Keating, S. B. (2013). When are Rare Earths Raw Materials? Emerging GATT-WTO Jurisprudence on Export Restraints. International Trade Law and Regulation, 19(1), 1-8.

Bhala, R. (2011). Understanding Islamic Law (Sharī‘a), LexisNexis.

Bhala, R. (2008). International Trade Law: Interdisciplinary Theory and Practice, Michie 1st ed. 1996, LexisNexis 2d ed. 2001, LexisNexis.

Selected Presentations

Bhala, R. . (10/18/2018). The Three-Dimensional International Trade War: Strategic Positioning for Canada in WTO, NAFTA, and Bilateral Battles. The Conference Board of Canada. Canada (nationwide, broadcast across all 5 time zones). Available Here

Bhala, R. . (10/04/2018). Merits and Demerits of Trump Administration Trade Law and Policy. Are Trade Wars “Easy to Win” or Even Worth Having? A Debate on the Trump Administration’s Trade Policy. Hofstra Law School. Available Here

Bhala, R. . (05/17/2018). Recent Developments in International Trade Law at the Multilateral, Regional, and National Levels. Recent Developments in the Law. University of Kansas, School of Law, Lawrence, Kansas, U.S.A.

Bhala, R. & Wood, C. N. (05/10/2018). Advancing Women’s Rights Through “Hard” Law in Free Trade Agreements. Great Plains International and Comparative Law Colloquium. Washburn University and University of Kansas Schools of Law, Lawrence, Kansas, U.S.A.

Bhala, R. Smith, J. M. & Anguelov, N. . (01/30/2018). Iran: Historic, Economic, Legal, and Policy Challenges and Opportunities. Iran, North Korea, Russia, and Venezuela in the Crosshairs: What Your Company Needs to Know About the New U.S. Sanctions. The Knowledge Group, Jersey City, New Jersey. Available Here

Bhala, R. . (11/30/2017). American Perspectives. NAFTA 2.0 -- Negotiations and Beyond, World Trade Center of Kansas City, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce . Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.A. Available Here

Bhala, R. . (10/20/2017). Lessons About NAFTA Renegotiations from Shakespeare’s Othello: From the Three Amigos to America as Iago? The U.S.–Mexico Relationship in International Law and Politics, Maryland Journal of International Law Symposium, The University of Maryland, School of Law.

Bhala, R. . (08/31/2017). An American Perspective on NAFTA's Past, Present, and Future. The Conference Board of Canada. Canada (nationwide, broadcast across all 5 time zones). Available Here

Bhala, R. . (06/09/2017). Islamic Banking and Finance. University of Auckland, Faculties of Law and Business, New Zealand Legal Research Foundation. Auckland, New Zealand. Available Here

Bhala, R. . (06/08/2017). Reinterpreting Islamic Law on Issues from Women to War. University of Auckland, Faculties of Law and Business, New Zealand Legal Research Foundation. Auckland, New Zealand. Available Here

Bhala, R. . (06/01/2017). India, China, and Turbulence in International Trade Law and Policy. Chapman Tripp (Law Firm). Auckland, New Zealand. Available Here

Bhala, R. . (05/31/2017). From Law and Literature to International Law and Literature: Scholarly and Pedagogical Innovation for Globalisation. University of Auckland, Faculty of Law, Staff Seminar. Auckland, New Zealand. Available Here

Bhala, R. & Kelsey, J. . (05/30/2017). A Dialogue on the Future of TPP -- And What Now For New Zealand? University of Auckland, Faculty of Law. Auckland, New Zealand. Available Here

Bhala, R. & Witmer, E. . (05/02/2017). Interpreting Interpretation: Methods from American Jurisprudence and Literary Theory to Decide WTO Appellate Body Cases. Great Plains International and Comparative Law Colloquium. Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas. Available Here

Bhala, R. . (04/08/2017). Overview of Special Treatment for Agricultural Products in the World Trading System. Inter Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) Annual Conference, Panel on “Wine, Cheese, and the High Life: Trade Barriers, Geographical Indications, and Other Challenges to Free Trade in Coveted Agricultural Products.” . Auckland, New Zealand. Available Here

Bhala, R. . (04/08/2017). Services Trade Liberalization in TISA and TPP. Inter Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) Annual Conference, Panel on “Free Trade in Services or Not?: Efforts and Difficulties to Liberalize Trade in Services.”. Auckland, New Zealand. Available Here

Bhala, R. . (02/09/2017). The Legal, Economic, and National Security Dimensions of the Trans Pacific Partnership. University of Pittsburgh, School of Law. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. Available Here

Bhala, R. . (01/26/2017). Evaluating TPP. Department of Geography and Atmospheric Science Colloquium. University of Kansas, Department of Geography and Atmospheric Science, Lawrence, Kansas

Bhala, R. . (01/04/2017). A Conversation with Michael Froman (United States Trade Representative). Council on Foreign Relations (Not for Attribution). Washington, D.C. (via teleconference). Available Here

Bhala, R. . (11/06/2016). Penetrating the Rhetoric on Key Election Issues. Unitarian Universalist Forum. All Souls Unitarian Church, Kansas City, Missouri

Bhala, R. . (11/05/2016). Significant Islamic Legal Issues. Kansas National Guard, Annual Conference. Topeka, Kansas

Bhala, R. . (11/03/2016). Fact Checking: Anti-Trade Rhetoric -- U.S. Political Perception and Brexit Reality. Dentons, World Trade Center of Kansas City, and Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. Board Room, Union Station, Kansas City, Missouri

Bhala, R. . (10/25/2016). Analyzing the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Objectively. Faculty Workshop. University of Kansas, School of Law

Bhala, R. . (10/05/2016). Chinese SOEs, National Security, and the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) in China: Trade and Competition Issues. Columbia Law School, New York, N.Y.

Bhala, R. . (09/15/2016). Legal and Political Legitimacy of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Pre-Presidential Debate Conference on International Trade Agreements and the 2016 Presidential Election. Hofstra Law School, Hempstead, N.Y.

Bhala, R. . (08/04/2016). International Trade Law, National Security, and the New Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Mount Oread Leadership Series, Strategic Broadening Seminar; Leading in a Global Environment. University of Kansas, Adams Alumni Center

Bhala, R. . (08/04/2016). Islamic Law. Mount Oread Leadership Series, Strategic Broadening Seminar; Leading in a Global Environment. University of Kansas, Adams Alumni Center

Bhala, R. . (05/05/2016). TPP Objectively: Law, Economics, and National Security of History's Largest, Longest Free Trade Agreement. Great Plains International and Comparative Law Colloquium. Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, Kansas. Available Here

Bhala, R. . (04/27/2016). A Critical Evaluation of WTO Plus Standards in TPP. Harvard Law School, WTO 20th Anniversary Conference and Academics Symposium on Old Rules, New Problems: The WTO at 20. Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Available Here

Bhala, R. . (04/15/2016). International and Cross-Border Perspectives on Contemporary Islamic Financial Transactions . Inter Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) Annual Meeting, Panel on "A Discussion of Current Issues in Islamic Finance". Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Available Here

Bhala, R. . (04/15/2016). TPP Membership and Enlargement Controversies. Inter Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) Annual Meeting, Panel on TPP and the ASEAN Economic Community at the Crossroads of APEC?. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Available Here

Bhala, R. . (04/14/2016). Overview of TPP. Inter Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) Annual Meeting, Panel on "Resolution of Trade Disputes in TPP and Other FTAs". Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Available Here

Bhala, R. . (04/13/2016). Risks and Opportunities with the Trans-Pacific Partnership for Malaysia. ASEAN Lawyers Group of Malaysia Annual General Meeting. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Available Here

Bhala, R. . (04/12/2016). History of Trade Negotiations. Global Development Law & Consulting Group (Washington, D.C.), Bar Council of Malaysia (BCI), and Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) Legal Development & Training Committee, Program on How to Participate in Trade Negotiations: Focus on the Trans Pacific Pa. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Bhala, R. . (03/31/2016). Understanding the Trans Pacific Partnership. Understanding the Trans Pacific Partnership. International Relations Council, Kansas City, Missouri. Available Here

Bhala, R. . (03/17/2016). The Trans Pacific Partnership – Objectively. Herbert Smith Freehills Law Firm and University of Sydney Law School, Lecture Series. Sydney, Australia. Available Here

Bhala, R. . (01/08/2016). Pentagon Briefing: The Education Battle, Sunni-Shi'a Split, and Authentic versus Inauthentic Precepts in Islamic Law. Joint Staff (J-5) Strategy and Plans, Political-Military Affairs, Middle East Directorate Strategic Integration Session. United States Department of Defense (The Pentagon), Washington, D.C. Available Here

Bhala, R. . (10/08/2015). Enduring Themes and Radical Transformations in International Trade Law. 3rd Annual Mercer Conference on Current Trends in International Trade. Atlanta, Georgia, Mercer University. Available Here

Bhala, R. . (10/07/2015). TPP: Trans Pacific Partnership or Trade Policy for the Plutocracy? BB&T Lecture. Macon, Georgia, Mercer University, School of Business. Available Here

Bhala, R. . (09/24/2015). Iran Nuclear Deal. International Relations Council, Panel on "War With ISIS, Alliances with Iran: Examining U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East". Kansas City, Missouri. Available Here

Bhala, R. . (09/21/2015). Design and Challenges of Banking and Foreign Exchange Regulation in India. 2nd Asian Business Lawyer Symposium, “Business and Finance Regulation from Comparative and International Perspectives.”. Korea University College of Law, Seoul, Korea. Available Here

Bhala, R. . (09/01/2015). Evolution and Revolution of International Trade Law Scholarship and Pedagogy through the 20 Year Journey of a Textbook. Faculty Workshop. University of Kansas School of Law, Lawrence, Kansas. Available Here

Bhala, R. . (05/14/2015). Evolution and Revolution of International Trade Law Scholarship and Pedagogy through the 20 Year Journey of a Textbook. Great Plains International and Comparative Law Colloquium. Washburn University, School of Law, Topeka, Kansas. Available Here

Bhala, R. . (05/07/2015). Promoting and/or Undermining Labor Rights through International Trade? Linkages between Free Trade and Labor Rights. Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) Annual Conference. Hong Kong. Available Here

Bhala, R. . (05/06/2015). Critical Analysis of Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Law, East Asian International Economic Law & Policy Program, Asian Institute of International Financial Law, and RGC Theme-based Research Project: Enhancing Hong Kong's Future as a Leading International Financial Center. Hong Kong. Available Here

Bhala, R. . (05/05/2015). Views from Riyadh and Delhi on GATT-WTO and FTA Developments. Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), Faculty of Law, Center for Financial Regulation and Economic Development (CFRED), Thirteenth Trade and Investment Law Seminar. Hong Kong. Available Here

Bhala, R. . (04/29/2015). The Kingdom and Recent Developments in World Trade. Council of Saudi Chambers of Commerce and Harvard Association of Saudi Arabia (HASA). Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Available Here

Bhala, R. . (03/24/2015). Recent Developments in International and Indian Trade Law and Policy. Gang of Youngsters (GOY) Conference. V.M. Salgaocar College of Law, Miramar, Panaji, Goa, India

Bhala, R. . (03/19/2015). Recent Developments in International and Indian Trade Law and Policy. Special Meeting. World Trade Center, Mumbai (Bombay), India

Bhala, R. . (03/17/2015). International Trade, Investment, and Intellectual Property Law and Policy in India and Beyond. Harvard College in Asia Program (HCAP) Conference. Saint Xavier's College, Mumbai (Bombay), India

Bhala, R. . (03/17/2015). Lecture on "Recent Developments in International and Indian Trade Law and Policy," followed by Panel on "India’s Trade Policies: Prospects and Challenges” with Mr. Richard Bale, Consul General of Canada to Mumbai. Government Law College (GLC) Mumbai (Bombay), India

Bhala, R. . (01/20/2015). International Business Law and Catholic Social Justice Teaching. Saint Thomas More Society Meeting. University of Kansas, School of Law, Lawrence, Kansas, U.S.A.

Bhala, R. . (10/22/2014). Risks to International Business in Asia. Risks to International Business. International Trade Council of Greater Kansas City, Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City, Missouri. Available Here

Bhala, R. . (09/08/2014). Congratulations on United States Citizenship. Citizenship Naturalization Proceedings. United States District Court for the District of Kansas. Available Here

Bhala, R. . (04/23/2014). India and North America: Revitalising Ties. Indian Foreign Policy: Views from Abroad. Gateway House (Indian Council on Global Relations, Mumbai, India). Available Here

Bhala, R. . (03/12/2014). Overview of Islamic Law. INDIA (New Delhi) - Indian Law Institute (IL). Available Here

Bhala, R. . (03/12/2014). WTO and TRIPs. INDIA (New Delhi) - Indian Law Institute (ILI). Available Here

Bhala, R. . (03/11/2014). Overview of GATT and WTO. INDIA (New Delhi) - Indian Law Institute (ILI). Available Here

Bhala, R. . (03/11/2014). United States and India’s Trade Law and Policy. INDIA (New Delhi) - Indian Law Institute (ILI). Available Here

Bhala, R. . (03/11/2014). Women’s Issues in Islamic Law. INDIA (New Delhi) - Indian Law Institute (ILI). Available Here

Bhala, R. . (03/10/2014). Overview of Islamic Law, Primary, Secondary, and Additional Sources of Islamic Law, and Women's Issues and Islamic Law. INDIA (Sonipat, Haryana) - Jindal Global Law School (JGLS). Available Here

Bhala, R. . (03/10/2014). Trade Preferences for Poor Countries, The Doha Round Debacle, and United States and Indian Trade Law and Policy. INDIA (Sonipat, Haryana) - Jindal Global Law School (JGLS). Available Here

Bhala, R. . (03/07/2014). Women’s Issues and Islamic Law. INDIA (New Delhi) - University of Delhi, Faculty of Law, Law Centre II. Available Here

Bhala, R. . (03/05/2014). The Rights of Women Under the Sharīʻa as Practiced in Islamic Countries. Muslims and Sharīʻa: Learning from Experiences of Other Countries. INDIA (Mumbai) - Tata Institute for Social Sciences (TISS). Available Here

Bhala, R. . (03/04/2014). An Overview of International Trade Law. INDIA (Mumbai) - SNDT Women's University Faculty of Law. Available Here

Bhala, R. . (03/04/2014). Recent Developments and Current Controversies in International Trade Law. INDIA (Mumbai) - University of Mumbai Department of Law. Available Here

Bhala, R. . (03/04/2014). The Trans-Pacific Partnership and Implications for India. INDIA (Mumbai) - Gateway House (India Council on Global Affairs). Available Here

Bhala, R. . (03/03/2014). An Overview of International Trade Law. INDIA (Mumbai) - Government Law College (GLC). Available Here

Bhala, R. . (03/03/2014). The Future of the GATT-WTO System, American Trade Policy, and Implications for the Indian Subcontinent. INDIA (Mumbai) - Government Law College (GLC). Available Here

Bhala, R. . (02/28/2014). Anti Dumping Provisions in the United States and Pitfalls to be Avoided, and Export Diversification Opportunities in Emerging Markets. INDIA (Mumbai) - Office of Additional Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT). Available Here

Bhala, R. . (02/25/2014). Indian Trade Reforms and Its Doha Round Negotiating Positions. INDIA (Hyderabad) - National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR) University of Law. Available Here

Bhala, R. . (02/25/2014). Where is India in Free Trade Agreements and the Trans Pacific Partnership? INDIA (Hyderabad) - National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR) University of Law. Available Here

Bhala, R. . (02/24/2014). An Overview of International Trade Law. INDIA (Hyderabad) - National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR) University of Law. Available Here

Bhala, R. . (02/14/2014). Islamic Law. J. Reuben Clark Law Society Annual Conference, "Obedience to Law is Liberty". University of Missouri - Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri. Available Here

Bhala, R. & . (11/26/2013). Understanding the Iran Nuclear Deal, Council on Foreign Relations A Conversation with Ray Takeyh, Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow, Middle Eastern Studies, and Michael A. Levi, Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow, Energy and the Environmen. National Teleconference. New York, N.Y. Available Here

Bhala, R. . (11/17/2013). Understanding Islamic Law (Shari'a). Witherspoon Class Series. Second Presbyterian Church, Kansas City, Missouri. Available Here

Bhala, R. . (11/08/2013). Asian Pacific Americans (APAs) in Academics. National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) and National Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (NAPALSA) Annual Convention. Kansas City, Missouri. Available Here

Bhala, R. . (09/20/2013). “Great Satan” Squeezes “Evil Āyatollāhs” as the Centrifuges Keep Spinning: American Trade Sanctions Against Iran . Justice Beyond the State: Transnationalism and Law. University of Windsor Faculty of Law. Available Here

Bhala, R. . (08/30/2013). Writing Big Books: Six Secrets for Santosh. University of Kansas School of Law Workshop Series. University of Kansas School of Law, Lawrence, Kansas

Bhala, R. & Boyer, R. . (05/21/2013). The Rise of Anti-Sharia Legislation. National Public Radio (NPR), Radio Broadcast on Kansas City Affiliate KCUR, 89.3 FM, "Central Standard" Show. Available Here

Amos, G. F., Odierno, G. T., Welsh, G. A., Papp, A. J., Ferguson, A. & Bhala, R. . (05/03/2013). Robert B. McKeon Endowed Series on Military Strategy with the Service Chiefs. Council on Foreign Relations National Teleconference. New York

Summers, L. H. & Bhala, R. . (04/02/2013). A Conversation with Lawrence H. Summers on U.S. Economic Strategy, Former U.S. Treasury Secretary and President Emeritus, Harvard University. Council on Foreign Relations National Teleconference. New York. Available Here

Bhala, R. . (03/07/2013). Themes and Controversies in Understanding Islamic Law. Washburn University School of Law

Bhala, R. Filpi, J. & Buntin, J. . (02/13/2013). Key Developments in U.S. Trade Relations in the Middle East and North Africa. American Bar Association (ABA), Section of International Law, Middle East Committee and International Trade Committee. Washington, D.C. (via teleconference). Available Here

Bhala, R. . (05/28/2012). Islamic Finance. Carey y Cia (Largest law firm in Chile). Santiago, Chile

Selected Awards & Honors

Alumni Fellowship Award for Excellence in Teaching
College of William & Mary

Indian Society of International Law (ISIL) Life Membership
Indian Society of International Law (ISIL)
2013 - Present

Moreau Award
University of Kansas, School of Law, Student Bar Association (SBA)
2012 - Present

George and Eleanor Woodyard International Educator Award
University of Kansas
2011 - Present

Chaired Professorship
University of Kansas
2003 - Present

Law School Research Chaired Professorship
The George Washington University Law School
2000 - Present

University-wide Distinguished Teaching Award
William & Mary Society of the Alumni
1996 - Present

President's Award for Excellence
Federal Reserve Bank of New York
1992 - Present

Letter of Commendation for Service at United Nations
U.S. Department of State
1991 - Present

President's Award for Excellence
Federal Reserve Bank of New York
1990 - Present

Moreau Award
University of Kansas, School of Law, Student Bar Association (SBA)
2015

Kemper Teaching Award
University of Kansas
2008

Marshall Scholarship
Oxford University and London School of Economics
1984 - 1986

Angier B. Duke Scholarship
Duke University
1980 - 1984


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