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Professor CHAISSE Julien
Member CIArb (UK) & Arbitrator
LLB & PhD (Aix-Marseille, France) (1st class)
MPhil (Tübingen, Germany) (1st class)
LLM (University of Rennes, France) (1st class)
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Contact Information

Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building – 6115
(852) 3442 6594

Research Interests

Research Interests
  • International Economic Law
  • Commercial and Investment Contracts
  • Special Economic Zones
  • Arbitration and Dispute Resolution
  • Cyberlaw (ICANN, domain names, trademarks)
  • Transborder Data Flows and Data Privacy Law
  • Vitivinicultural law

Dr. Julien Chaisse currently serves as professor at the City University of Hong Kong (CityU), School of Law. He is an award-winning and world-renowned expert on international economic law (trade, investment, and tax), cyberlaw, vitivinicultural law, and international dispute resolution. His work has garnered wide recognition and has been cited by international courts/tribunals as well as the U.S. and European Courts.  He writes a regular column ("The Global Lawyer") for the Financial Times’ fDI Intelligence Magazine, where he discusses current events in foreign investment law and politics.  Dr. Chaisse is the recipient of the Smit-Lowenfeld Prize from the International Arbitration Club of New York (2020) and the awardee of the Humanities and Social Sciences Prestigious Fellowship (2022).

Dr. Chaisse regularly acts as an expert reviewer for the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (Erasmus+ funding programme, Jean Monnet Chair & Network, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Doctoral Networks, Erasmus Mundus Design Measures, Capacity Building in the field of Higher Education), Excellence in Research Australia (ERA), Singapore Ministry of Education Academic Research Fund, Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF), European Research Council (ERC); and serves on the Peer-Review College of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). He also sits on the editorial boards of several high impact academic journals around the world, and serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Asia Pacific Law Review.

Dr. Chaisse has extensive experience working as a corporate board member and serving on the board of directors/advisory board for a number of international organizations. He is currently President and Chair of the Asia Pacific FDI Network, a leading organization that focuses on researching foreign direct investment and facilitating cooperation among over 100 scholars and 50 institutions. Dr. Chaisse is an accomplished senior arbitrator who is listed on the panel of the major arbitration institutions. He was recently selected for appointment of arbitrators in bilateral disputes under EU’s trade agreements. A number of his adjudications have been reported on by local and international press. He is frequently called upon as an expert witness in international trade/investment litigation and arbitration to advise international organizations, governments, law firms, and private investors on private/public international law issues (e.g., concessions contracts, special economic zones, investment structuring, state and international organization immunities, and WTO accession), and has assisted over twenty jurisdictions in drafting trade/investment treaties and legislation.

Prior to joining CityU Law School, Dr. Chaisse taught at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Law (2009-2019) where he served as Director of one the Faculty’s research centres as well as Director of the Faculty’s PhD & MPhil Programme. Before moving to Hong Kong, he worked as deputy head of the working group on the rules and regulations for multilateral trade and investment agreements at the World Trade Institute in Bern, Switzerland (2006-2009), as a lecturer at Elite School Sciences Po Aix in France (2004-2006), and as a diplomat for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France at the French Embassy in New Delhi, India (2001-2004). Dr. Chaisse has held visiting fellowships and professorships at Columbia University, Melbourne University, University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, National Institute of Malaysian and International Studies, and Tokyo University.


  • Humanities and Social Sciences Prestigious Fellowship (2021-2022), Hong Kong Research Grants Council
  • The Vitivinicultural Law OIV Award (2021), International Jury of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine
  • Tenth annual Smit-Lowenfeld Prize (2020), International Arbitration Club of New York
  • Vice-Chancellor's Young Researcher Award (2018), Chinese University of Hong Kong (85th Congregation)
  • Vice-Chancellor's Exemplary Teaching Award (2015), Chinese University of Hong Kong (82nd Congregation)
  • Research Excellence Award (2012), Faculty of Law, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • European Union Law Award, Prize for Best Doctoral Thesis (2008), University of Aix-Marseille

Other Appointments

  • President & Chair, Asia Pacific FDI Network (APFN)
  • Chair & co-founder, Internet Intellectual Property Institute (IIPI)
  • Director, Dot Trademark Policy Committee (DTPC)
  • Advisor and Partner, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ARTNET on FDI)
  • Advisor, Hong Kong Law Society, Committee on Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)
  • Advisory Board Member, World Free Zone Convention (WFZC)
  • Advisory Board Member, World Arbitration Update (WAU)
  • Advisory Board Member, Academy of International Dispute Resolution & Professional Negotiation (AIDRN)
  • Advisory Board Member, National Institute of Malaysian and International Studies (IKMAS)
  • Advisory Board Member, Asian Academy of International Law (AAIL)
  • Advisory Board Member, WU Global Trade and Tax Advisory Group (WU GTPC)
  • Member of the World Economic Forum Tax & Globalization Working Group, as well as Taskforce on Data Free Flow with Trust, Data for Common Purpose Initiative, and Data Policy Platform
  • Member of the Hong Kong’s Government Board of Review (Inland Revenue Ordinance)
  • Member of the Academic Forum on Investor-state Dispute Settlement
  • Member of the ICANN’s Working Group (GNSO Policy Development Process) which produced the Report of the “Review of All Rights Protection Mechanisms in All gTLDs, among other highly-regarded white papers

Selected Publications
Articles in Law Journals and Other Scholarly Reviews

Journal Special Issues

Books and Monographs

Chapters in Books

Professional Publications

Research Grants

  • ‘Domestic National Security Regulation and Foreign Investment,’ Germany/Hong Kong Joint Research Scheme as co-investigator (with Christoph Herrmann), Hong Kong SAR Research Grants Council (RGC) and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) (RGC Ref No. G-CityU102/22), 2023-2025, HK$300,000
  • ‘To Litigate or Not To Litigate at the World Trade Organization? A Comparative Investigation of the Determinants of Dispute Initiation at the WTO' as principal investigator, General Research Fund (GRF), Hong Kong SAR Research Grants Council (RGC Ref No. 11608122), 2023-2025, HK$1.3M
  • ‘The Tax Factor of the Global Trade War: Designing Better Digital Tax Rules’ as principal investigator, Humanities and Social Sciences Prestigious Fellowship Scheme (HSSPFS), Hong Kong SAR Research Grants Council (RGC Ref No. 31000121), 2021-2023, HK$453,900
  • ‘Anatomy of Hong Kong’s International Trade Law’ as principal investigator, General Research Fund (GRF), Hong Kong SAR Research Grants Council (RGC Ref No. 11606820), 2020-2022, HK$999,600
  • ‘The European Union at the Crossroads of Global Order (EUCROSS)’ as co-investigator, Jean Monnet Network (led by KU Leuven's Centre for Global Governance Studies), European Union's Erasmus+ programme, 2018-2021, HK$3M
  • ‘The COP and MOOT Project for Climate Change Education in Hong Kong’ as principal investigator, Environment and Conservation Fund (ECF) EECA No. 1795, 2018-2020, HK$721,000
  • ‘Towards a China-EU Bilateral Investment Treaty-: Issues, Challenges and Directions’ as principal investigator, General Research Fund (GRF), Hong Kong SAR Research Grants Council, 2016-2018, HK$914,440
  • ‘International Investment Treaties and Arbitration across Asia’ as co-investigator, Australian Research Council Discovery Project (DP140102526) 2015-2018, HK$2M
  • ‘Managing the Globalization of Water Services in a World Affected by Climate Change: Regulatory and Economic Challenges’ as principal investigator, Research Development Fund, World University Network (WUN) 2013-2017, HK$890,000
  • ‘Consumer Policy in China: Protecting the Citizens, Strengthening the Domestic Market and Building an Ecological Civilization’ as co-investigator, Macau SAR Research Grants Council, 2016-2018, HK$1.5M
  • ‘The Changing Paradigm of Economic Diplomacy in Asia’ as principal investigator, Taiwan Collaboration Fund, CUHK Office of Academic Links (OAL), 2015-2016, HK$390,00
  • ‘The Practice of Treaty-Shopping in international law’ as principal investigator, AECSRP IEEM Academic Research Project Grant, 2014-2015, HK$80,000
  • ‘Hong Kong Foreign Direct Investment Profile’ as principal investigator, supported by CUHK New Asia College the Chiap Hua Cheng's Foundation Fund in cooperation with Columbia University, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI), 2013-2015, HK$250,000
  • ‘United States of America and China Trade Litigation in the WTO’ (我国入世以来利用WTO争端解决机制解决中美贸易争端的实践与经验研究) as co-investigator,  Chinese Ministry of Education (No. 12JJD790022), 2010-2012, HK$500,000
  • ‘Do Bilateral Investment Treaties Increase Foreign Direct Investment Flows? Revisiting the role of legal parameters in economic empirical research’ as principal investigator, supported by the Vienna University of Business and Economics (WU), Arbeitskammer Vienna (Austria), and the CUHK Cheng Foundation Fund (No. I12076), 2010-2014, HK$2M
  • ‘Regulatory Strategies of Sovereign Wealth Fund in making’ as principal investigator, Earmarked Research Grant (ERG), CUHK, 2009-2011, HK$60,000