Christopher R. Drahozal

School of Law - Law School, Law Administration
John M. Rounds Distinguished Professor of Law
Primary office:
Green Hall, 506
University of Kansas School of Law
1535 W. 15th Street
Lawrence, KS 66045


Expertise and Current Research Activity

Arbitration is private judging: parties agree to have private judges (arbitrators) rather than public judges resolve their disputes. Arbitration clauses are commonly included in a wide array of contracts, ranging from consumer and employment contracts to highly complex international deals. Through my research, I hope to help lawyers, policymakers, and others better understand how arbitration works, why parties use arbitration clauses, and what sort of legal regime should govern the use of arbitration.

Consistent with those goals, I am currently assisting the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau with its statutory-required study of arbitration clauses in consumer financial services contracts. I also am continuing my work on the Restatement, Third, of the U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration, a comprehensive analysis and restatement of American law on the enforceability of international arbitration agreements and awards.


Selected Publications

KU Today
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—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
5th nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets: Colleges," Military Times