Business Law

Farshad Ghodoosi

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

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

Farshad’s research agenda concerns multiple areas including contracts, corporate governance, conflict management, and transnational law. In his research, Farshad uses mixed methods including empirical, experimental, and computational analysis of legal texts. His work has appeared or is forthcoming at leading outlets including University of Illinois Law Review, Washington Law Review, 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). Some of his recent articles are at the revise and resubmit stage at leading journals such as Journal of Business Ethics. Farshad’s scholarship can be found at his SSRN. Farshad is also a recipient of several competitive research grants including from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Knight Foundation on legal implications of internet contract designs on consumer behavior, CIBER (Center for International Business Education) on transnational contracts and economic hardship, and Ripple’s Fintech grant on smart contracts and blockchain transactions.

Farshad received his doctoral degree (J.S.D.) from Yale Law School where he focused on the resolution of cross-border business disputes and arbitration in his research and dissertation. He also received 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. Farshad 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.

Farshad has practiced as an attorney in global litigation and arbitration practices of leading elite law firms on complex and high-stake business, investment, and contractual disputes. He also acted as a consultant in a leading technology consulting firm. He also serves as an expert on issues related to contract law, international law, and comparative law. He is a member of the New York bar and a listed FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) and NFA (National Futures Association) arbitrator.


· 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 U. ILL. L. REV. 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 REVIEW 99 (2020) (Link)

· The Trump Effect: Assertive Foreign Policy Through Extraterritorial Application of Laws, GEO. 51 WASHINGTON INTERNATIONAL LAW REVIEW 661 (2019) (invited paper) (Link) 

· Arbitrating Public Policy: Why the Buck Should Not Stop at National Courts, 20 LEWIS & CLARK LAW REVIEW 237 (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 INT’L L. J. 1732 (2014) (Link)

 · Book Note, The Idea of Arbitration, 39 YALE JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW 401 (2014) (Link)



 Book Chapter

Monetary Sovereignty and Capital Flow in THE LEGAL IMPLICATIONS OF GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISES (2020)

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