Business Law

Farshad Ghodoosi

business law
Assistant Professor
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Professor Farshad Ghodoosi, J.S.D, Ph.D 

Professor Farshad Ghodoosi is an assistant professor of business law at David Nazarian College of Business and Economics at California State University, Northridge. He also serves as a faculty fellow at the Autonomy Research Center where he is the principal investigator of the project on Autonomy in Law conducting research projects related to artificial intelligence and law, and fintech.

Professor Ghodoosi’s research agenda concerns multiple areas including contracts, corporate law, arbitration, law and technology, and international economic law. In his research, Professor Ghodoosi uses mixed methods including experimental design and computational analysis of legal texts. His work has appeared or is forthcoming at leading outlets including U.C. Davis Law Review, University of Illinois Law Review, Washington Law Review, The American Business Law Journal, Journal of Business Ethics, International Journal of Conflict Management, Oregon Law Review, Nebraska Law Review, Lewis & Clark Law Review, Yale Journal of International Law, Harvard Journal of International Law Online, and Foreign Affairs. He also authored the book International Dispute Resolution and the Public Policy Exception with Routledge (2016, reprinted 2018). Professor Ghodoosi’s scholarship can be found at his SSRN. He is also a recipient of several competitive research grants including from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Knight Foundation on internet governance, CIBER (Center for International Business Education), and Ripple’s Fintech grant on smart contracts and blockchain transactions. Professor Ghodoosi’s scholarly writings have been widely cited and featured in media, courts (including state Supreme Courts), and by academics in leading journals such as Nature and top law reviews along with leading academic blogs such as JOTWELL, Legal Theory Blog, and ContractsProf Blog. His papers has also won awards including the Best Paper Award from the Academy of Legal Studies for Business in interdisciplinary research.

Professor Ghodoosi received his doctoral degree (J.S.D.) from Yale Law School. He also received a master of laws from Yale Law School and University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Berkeley Law). He is a recipient of the business law certificate from Berkeley Law. Professor Ghodoosi also received his PhD in International Relations from Florida International University in Miami, Florida. He obtained a bachelor of laws (LL.B) and B.A. in English Language and Literature from University of Tehran. Previously, he was an assistant professor of law and management at Earl G. Graves School of Business and Management at Morgan State University and served as a faculty fellow at Morgan’s Fintech center.

Professor Ghodoosi has practiced as an attorney in global litigation and arbitration practices of leading elite law firms on complex and high-stake commercial, investment, and contractual disputes. He also acted as a consultant in a leading technology consulting firm and served as an expert on issues related to contract law, international law, and comparative law. He is an active FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) arbitrator. Professor Ghodoosi is a member of the State Bar of California and the New York State Bar Association.


  • Big Data on Contract Interpretation, University of California Davis Law Review (forthcoming, 2024) (with Tal Kastner, PhD) (Link)
  • Arbitration Effect, 60 American Business Law Journal 235 (2023) (with Monica M. Sharif, PhD)(Link)
  • Crypto Litigation: An Empirical View, 40 Yale Journal on Regulation 87 (2022) (Link)
  • The Ethics of Blockchain in Organizations Journal of Business Ethics (February, 2022) (Link) (with Monica M. Sharif, PhD). (top three journal in Google Scholar Social Sciences ranking and a top 50 in the Finnaical Times social sciences in terms of impact factor according to Google Scholar)
  • Contracting Risks: Computational and Normative Analyses of Force Majeure Clauses, University of Illinois Law Review (forthcoming, 2022) (Link)
  • Justice in Arbitration: The Consumer Perspective, International Journal of Conflict Management (forthcoming, 2022). (with Monica M. Sharif, PhD) (Link)
  • Contracting in the Age of Smart Contracts, 96 Washington Law Review 52 (2021) (Link)
  • Binding Political Commitments, 2020 University of Illinois Law Review Online 235 (Oct. 15, 2020) (Link)
  • Fall of Last Safeguard in Global Dejudicialization: The Problem of Protecting Public Policy in Private Business Disputes, 98 Oregon Law Review99 (2020) (Link)
  • The Trump Effect: Assertive Foreign Policy Through Extraterritorial Application of Laws, 51George Washington International Law Review 661 (2019) (invited paper) (Link)
  • Arbitrating Public Policy: Why the Buck Should Not Stop at National Courts, 20Lewis & Clark Law Review237 (2016) (Link)
  • The Concept of Public Policy in Law: Revisiting the Role of the Public Policy Doctrine in the Enforcement of Private Legal Arrangements, 94 Nebraska Law Review 685 (2016) (Link)
  • The Sanctions Theory: A Frail Paradigm for International Law? Harvard International Law Journal Online (2015) (Link)
  • The Limits of the Free Movement of Capital: The Status of Customary International Law of Money, 7 Northwestern Interdisciplinary Law Review 287 (2014) (Link)
  • Combatting Economic Sanctions: Investment Disputes in Times of Political Hostility, 37 Fordham International Law  Journal 1732 (2014) (Link)
  • Book Note, The Idea of Arbitration, 39 Yale Journal of International Law 401 (2014) (Link 


International Dispute Resolution and the Public Policy Exception (2017, reprint 2018) (with Routledge). 

Book Chapter

Monetary Sovereignty and Capital Flow in The Legal Implications of Global Financial Crises (2020)