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Professor Julien CHAISSE
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

Julien Chaisse, a professor at the City University of Hong Kong (CityU) School of Law is an award-winning expert in international economic law, international dispute resolution, and digital law. His interdisciplinary academic work, merging legal research with insights from economics, political science, technology, and international relations, has established him as an award-winning and world-renowned expert. His areas of expertise encompass international economic law, international dispute resolution, and digital law, including subjects like internet governance, cybersecurity, data protection, and artificial intelligence regulation. He holds academic editorial leadership as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of World Investment & Trade and the Asia Pacific Law Review, and shares his expertise through “The Global Lawyer,” a bimonthly column in the Financial Times’ fDI Intelligence Magazine.

Dr. Chaisse is a Stanford University top 2% highly cited scientist in 2023. His research is recognized in the legal field, being cited by international courts and tribunals in the US and Europe. His contributions extend to shaping policy development, particularly in the area of data free flow, evidenced by his involvement in white papers (“Paths towards Free and Trusted Data Flows” and “Overcoming Barriers to Cross-Border Data Flows”) and recognition by entities such as the G7 Digital and Tech Ministers. His achievements include receiving the CUHK Vice-Chancellor’s Young Researcher Award in 2018, the Smit-Lowenfeld Prize in 2020, the Humanities and Social Sciences Prestigious Fellowship in 2022, and the CityU Outstanding Research Award in 2023.

Dr. Chaisse is currently engaged in three major research projects, supported by competitive grants. The Hong Kong General Research Fund backs his study on the WTO’s dispute initiation determinants. A project on domestic national security regulation and foreign investment is funded jointly by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council and the German Academic Exchange Service. Additionally, the Humanities and Social Sciences Prestigious Fellowship Scheme sponsors his research on designing better digital tax rules.

Alongside his academic pursuits, Dr. Chaisse is engaged in a range of professional roles. He holds the position of Chair at the Asia-Pacific FDI Network (APFN) and serves on the Steering Committee of the Academic Forum on Investor-State Dispute Settlement (AF-ISDS). As a senior arbitrator, he is listed on the panels of major arbitration institutions and has been selected for the appointment of arbitrators in bilateral disputes under the EU’s trade agreements. His advisory work involves assisting international organizations and governments in the drafting of trade and investment treaties and legislation, impacting more than 20 jurisdictions. Furthermore, Dr. Chaisse is an active contributor to various advisory boards, including the Financial Times’ fDi Intelligence, World Arbitration Update (WAU), Academy of International Dispute Resolution & Professional Negotiation (AIDRN), National Institute of Malaysian and International Studies (IKMAS), Asian Academy of International Law (AAIL), World Free Zone Convention (WFZC), and WU Global Trade and Tax Advisory Group (WU GTPC).

Before joining CityU in 2019, Dr. Chaisse had a decade-long tenure at the Faculty of Law, Chinese University of Hong Kong. His earlier roles include positions at the World Trade Institute, Sciences Po Aix, and the French Embassy in India. His rich academic journey is further enriched by visiting fellowships and professorships at institutions like Columbia University, Melbourne University, Paris 1 University (Panthéon-Sorbonne), Sydney University, and Tokyo University, reflecting a career marked by diverse experiences and a global perspective.


  • Stanford University’s top 2% most highly cited scientists for the year 2023
  • Outstanding Research Award (2023), City University of Hong Kong
  • 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

Selected Publications
Articles in Law Journals and Other Scholarly Reviews

Journal Special Issues

Books and Monographs

Chapters in Books

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
  • ‘Redefining Global Governance: A Tax, Trade, and Investment Perspective’ as co-investigator (with Irma Mosquera & Allison Christians), NIAS-Lorentz Program, The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences, 2023-2024, HK$1.5M
  • ‘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

Professional Publications