Emerging International Scholars — Professors Wong, Dajani and Aldana
The distinguished full-time faculty at Pacific McGeorge publishes scholarship on a wide range of international law issues. This includes three up-and-coming international scholars who are emerging as leaders in preparing students for successful legal careers in an increasingly global economy: Jarrod Wong, Omar Dajani and Raquel Aldana.
Associate Professor of Law
B.A. (Law) (First Class Honours), Cambridge University
J.D. (Order of the Coif), University of California, Berkeley
LL.M., University of Chicago
Trained and educated at legal institutions in both the U.S. and Europe, Professor Jarrod Wong has centered his scholarship on issues in international dispute resolution. Prior to joining the faculty at Pacific McGeorge, he served as Legal Advisor to Judge Charles N. Brower at the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal at The Hague, The Netherlands.
Professor Wong has written extensively on complex problems in investment arbitration, and has been invited to deliver these papers at major conferences around the world. Last April, he presented "Moral Damages in Investor-State Arbitration" at the Seventh Annual Fordham Law School Conference on International Arbitration and Mediation, which was held at King's College, London. His article on this topic is forthcoming in the CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION AND MEDIATION: THE FORDHAM PAPERS 2012 (A. Rovine, ed. forthcoming 2013) (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers). Two years earlier at the Fifteenth Investment Treaty Forum of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law in London, he gave a talk on "Transparency in Investment Arbitration," which was based on his co-authored book chapter in the 2010 YEARBOOK ON INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT LAW AND POLICY (Oxford Univ. Press). Professor Wong has also been asked on a number of occasions to speak at the Annual International Arbitration Conference held at the National Taiwan University, and his work, including his paper on "The Application of Most-Favored-Nation Clauses to Dispute Resolution Provisions in Bilateral Investment Treaties" have been published in the resulting symposia. Professor Wong will co-chair the 2013 Winter Forum Conference of the Institute of Transnational Arbitration, which is a significant educational forum in the field of international arbitration, counting among its members the leading authorities in the field.
Professor Wong has not, however, confined his international law scholarship to arbitration. He has, for example, refashioned the doctrine of the responsibility to protect (R2P) in his provocative article, Reconstructing the Responsibility to Protect in the Wake of Cyclones and Separatism, 84 Tul. L. Rev. 219 (2009), to extend potentially to situations involving natural disasters. This paper was not only presented at the 2009 Annual Conference of the American Association of Law Schools in San Diego, but also delivered at the University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, November 2009, the European Science Foundation-Linköping University R2P Conference in Linköping, Sweden in June 2010, and the University of New South Wales Law School, Sydney in November 2010.
Professor of Law
B.A., Northwestern University
J.D., Yale Law School
Professor Dajani is one of the nation's foremost experts on the legal aspects of the conflict in the Middle East. His scholarly work explores the links between international law, legal and political history, and contract and negotiation theory. He also has considerable experience advising governments and development organizations in the Middle East and elsewhere. Dajani's most recent article, "Contractualism in the Law of Treaties," in which he examines the effectiveness of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, will be published this fall in the Michigan Journal of International Law.
As advisor to United Nations Special Envoy Terje Roed-Larson from 2001 to 2003, Professor Dajani was intimately involved in a range of multilateral initiatives to foster peace in the region, including the Middle East Roadmap. Prior to joining this UN effort, Professor Dajani was Senior Legal Advisor to the Palestinian negotiating team in peace talks with Israel. In that capacity, he gained unique experience in preparing and negotiating complex agreements covering a variety of contested matters including borders, security, law enforcement, trade and financial issues.
At Yale Law School, Professor Dajani was General Director of the Lowenstein International Human Rights Law Project. Professor Dajani joined the Pacific McGeorge faculty in 2004.
Professor of Law
Director, Inter-American Program
B.A., Arizona State University
J.D., Harvard Law School
Professor Aldana is a prolific legal scholar who joined the Pacific McGeorge faculty in 2009. She is the founder and director of the Pacific McGeorge Inter-American Program, an innovative project committed to educating bilingual and bicultural lawyers who wish to pursue a transnational career with a focus on U.S-Latin America relations.
She currently serves on the AALS Curriculum Committee and is the Chair of the Presidential Program on Globalizing the Curriculum for the AALS 2013 Annual meeting. Professor Aldana has written extensively on immigration issues and on the rights of victims of state-sponsored crimes and domestic violence in the Americas.
As an immigration scholar, Aldana emphasizes through her teaching and scholarship the transnational factors that drive migration and should influence immigration policies. Her transnational scholarship has been focused on rule of law reforms implemented in Latin America and on victim's rights. Prior to teaching, she was a human rights lawyer for the Center for Justice and International Law where she litigated human rights cases involving Latin American nations and the Caribbean before the Inter-American System on Human Rights. Professor Aldana co-authored the widely-used textbook Understanding Immigration Law (LexisNexis 2009) with Kevin Johnson, dean of UC Davis School of Law.
Aldana's transnational scholarship is gaining prominence around the world. One of the few American law professors invited to the prestigious conference in Oct. 2011 on "Victims of International Crimes," Aldana presented her paper, "A Preliminary Assessment of War Crime Victim Participation as Complementary Prosecutors in Post-Conflict Guatemala," during a session on victims in transitional justice processes. Aldana also closed the conference in a roundtable discussion that responded to the themes of the conference. The conference was sponsored by the renowned University of Marburg Center for Conflict Studies and International Research and Documentation Center for War Crimes Trials. Aldana's Chapter titled A Reflection of Transitional Justice in Guatemala 15 years after the Peace Agreements, will be published in VICTIMS OF INTERNATIONAL CRIMES: AN INTERDICIPLINARY DISCOURSE, Christoph Safferling & Thorsten Bonacker, eds., TMC Asser Press, later this year.